Pure signal.

Language Learning on the Web

The BBC is shaping up to be the first media company to really provide value through the Internet. They are trying a lot of different things, and their choices do not always please all of the players — but their news site is spot on, and I just recently found their language site, which offers very high quality introductions to a variety of languages.

BBC Language site.

The courses here are not intended to do more than give you a foothold in the language for travel — but they are well structured for the beginner, which is the only time that structure is really necessary. You get plenty enough material here that you could go ahead and start reading news, listening to Internet radio and reading free on-line books in your new language (with liberal use of many of the free translation services, of course.

If you want to get started leaning languages, pick a language from the BBC site, and then go to:

How to learn any language

to read a general easy strategy to begin language learning. You can use the introduction on the BBC site as your initial program of learning — it provides usage, pronunciation, spelling and vocabulary in easy to digest on-line exercises.


September 14, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Wow, the BBC page has ambient sounds to correlate to the picture. A small touch that adds a lot.

    But it didn’t have MY language’s.

    That second page is pretty impressive. Comprehensive and put together.


    Comment by Dan McKinlay | June 16, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks Dan — good to know someone finds these useful!


    Comment by bootslack | June 18, 2008 | Reply

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