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Daniel J. Evans Library - MS: LIB2300 - 2700 Evergreen Parkway, NE. Olympia, WA 98501 - 360-867-6250
Online Language Learning
from library databases to freely accessible websites and mobile apps!
The library is currently trialing a Japanese e-book collection from Kinokuniya. Check out the link below to try it out!
Free Mobile Apps
See below for a selection of free online resources -- able to be used on your computer or on the go via their mobile app. Some of these resources may include an upgraded, paid option, but they all can be accessed for free.
Check out Top 5 Free Language Learning Apps (article) for reviews.
15 languages available. Babbel uses tried and true language learning techniques that are effective and includes the option to download lessons for offline study. While not all content is available in the free version of Babbel, it does include access to 40 lessons.
"The busuu app and company was named after the Busuu language which is on the verge of extinction, with only 8 native Busuu speakers in the world. In addition to the full courses busuu offers in a dozen languages, busuu also offers the opportunity for users to learn the endangered Busuu language. Busuu offers a free and premium version and of the apps we reviewed, busuu offered the smallest amount of free content. However, the free content it does offer includes interactive exercises and quizzes designed to be fun as well as effective."
This free app allows you to create and share flashcard decks to help you study. Prepared decks are also available in a variety of subjects, including language learning and vocabulary.
Duolingo offers 37 different languages. Each course uses a gamification design and features content developed by native speakers.
Over 200 languages available. The free version of the app gives you access to the same number of languages as the Pro version, just with fewer functionalities. Where MemRise truly excels is in its ability to make vocabulary practice fun and engaging.
Below are some additional, free websites to assist you in your language learning journey.
Electronic Resources Librarian