The following guide provides links to free websites, apps, classes and other resources for learning languages.
Free Websites/Resources of Interest for Language Learners
StudySpanish.com – Pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, verb drills, and more for English speakers interested in learning Spanish.
Annenberg Learner – Free online videos with language instruction. Languages offered: English, Spanish, French.
iTunes U Language Courses – Free podcasts for users with iTunes accounts.
LangMedia – Provides access to video and audio clips of real interviews or discussions in a variety of languages, with a particular focus on languages from Muslim countries around the world.
Lexicool.com – Index to online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries.
WordReference.com – A very interactive online dictionary. Users can post questions to forums, and looking up a word will also yield a list of threads discussing the uses of the word.
Verbix – This website provides verb conjugations for many languages, including languages that are not commonly taught.
List of free websites to help users practice English, recommended by New York Public Library.
Users with NYPL or Queens Library cards can access additional free online resources. The Mango Languages database is available to users with NYPL cards, and PowerSpeak Languages is available to users with Queens Library cards. There is also a free Mango Languages app, which is accessible to users with or without library cards. See the third section below.
Resources Made Available by Brooklyn Public Library
Central Library offers free on-site language classes and conversation groups, or search for classes using the Events Calendar.
ESOL classes are offered throughout Brooklyn at various BPL locations.
The Learning Express Library database is available from any computer with internet access. This online resource offers useful services such as preparation for citizenship tests and skill building for adults. It also includes TOEFL preparation and practice tests.
Users can learn a variety of languages from Rosetta Stone. You must visit the Languages & Literature division of Central Library to use this digital resource.
Resources Made Available by Other Sites (including in-person classes)
See BPL’s guide to Adult Basic Education, ESOL and citizenship classes (PDF).
HITE – Search for not-for-profit organizations in all boroughs of New York. Users can access the site’s Immigration center, which includes a section on immigrant education. Results can be specifically filtered for ESL classes.
New York Public Library –
- On-site classes for a variety of languages. Click on “Narrow Your Search,” and click the arrow next to the bar labeled “Event topics.” Select the option “Language” from the drop-down menu.
- NYPL ESOL Classes/Other English Language Programs
- Intermediate Level English Classes
- Office of Adult Programs and Outreach Services
- Mango Languages – Accessible to patrons with NYPL cards. There is also a free Mango app. Languages offered: 38 languages and ESL.
Queens Library –
- Queens Library ESOL classes (space is limited).
- Queens Library Language Resources
- Users with a Queens Public Library card can access the Powerspeak Languages database.
Riverside Language Program – The Riverside Language Program is associated with the NYPL’s ESOL program.
This site also links to Other ESOL Classes, including free and low-cost classes in Brooklyn (please call ahead of time to verify information).