As a broke language learner myself, I’m always looking for free opportunities of high-quality learning. You may have heard of the video course plaform, Skillshare, before but you probably don’t know of its hidden gems.
I sure didn’t. And while teaching on the platform can be a total pain, learning is literally amazing for students of all types. No matter if you’re interested in art, technology, marketing, creative design, or languages.
I myself totally did not know that language courses were even offered on Skillshare. But there are experienced teachers willing to teach every aspect students could even be potentially interested in.
So I did some searching myself, and found 20 of the best-looking language courses offered on Skillshare. All video courses by proven fluent speakers who’ve established themselves on the platform.
And If you didn’t already know this, Skillshare offers 2 free months of premium to all new users. That’s a whole 60-day free trial just for learning. More than enough time for you to be well on your way to fluency.
So yes, all these courses are 100% free up to 2 months after you sign up. And still a decent amount of them are offered as free courses, so you’ll be able to enroll in some of them even after your trial!
As the generous soul I am, I chose to include some classes that everyone could benefit from. That way even if your specific target language isn’t listed below, you’ve still got some courses to try out.
Excited yet?? You should be.
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Find out How to Learn a New Language as an Adult
This Course teaches you how to go about Learning Languages as an adult. You will learn how to find your purpose for learning a language, how to use this as motivation, how to maintain your drive, and how to identify what to learn, what to concentrate on, and how to measure your achievements and points to be improved upon. In short, everything you need for learning any new language! This course is structured to serve as reference material, as well as a guide for your specific language learning journey, no matter what your native tongue or your source language may be. As such, the material is created to be as actionable as possible. It starts with the basics, delving deeper and deeper into what it means to learn your new language. After this you will find other notes, things to keep in mind, and also many Tips and Tricks! At the very end, you will find a downloadable Template you can fill out in order to create your own schedule for your Language Learning Journey. The very last lesson will walk you through this Template.
Language Learning: I want to learn a new language but don't know which one!
Have you ever had this idea of learning a new language but didn't know which one? If that sounds like you then this class is perfect for you. It has just two videos, one with some ideas about how to choose the right language for you, and the second one with lots of free online resources that you can use for your language learning. At the end of this class you will have a better idea about learning a new language - exciting times ahead.
How to Learn And Memorize any Language, Learn Techniques And Strategies to Master any Language
Do you have difficulty learning a new language? Want to find out how you can learn a new language quickly, without the need for expensive classes or language learning software? In this course you will learn that all and: How to speak your target language today. How to reach fluency and exceed it within a few months. How to pass yourself off as a native speaker. And finally, how to tackle multiple languages to become a “polyglot”—all within a few years, perhaps as little as 1-2.
6 Language Hacks to Learn Any Language Faster (For Beginners)
In this Free Masterclass, Rype Languages shares research-backed strategies and tactics on how you can learn a language in 90 days. They've curated the best lessons and learning hacks from the world’s top polyglots, linguists, and researchers designed to shorten your learning time significantly. The topics they’ll cover include: -The #1 Most Important Skill You Need to Have (It's Learnable) -Learn the Right Words to Save Massive Time -The Power of Cognates (A Language Learner's Best Friend) -Learn Relevant Phrases In Your Life -How to Expand Your Vocabulary -Going from Beginner to Mastery Level
Learn Spanish-Learn Hundreds Of Spanish Words Effortlessly In Minutes! (Part 1)
Absolutely amazing great lessons great teacher ...brilliant opened my eyes to somethings would suit someone with no knowledge of Spanish" 5 STARS
"Course is well produced, easy to understand and follow. The instructor gives clear and concise explanations with a very cheerful and encouraging voice. The videos and sound are excellent quality and a joy to listen to." J.B. 5 STARS
Highly entertaining and enjoyable course, money well spent!" D.H. 5 STARS Go with Mark Perren-Jones on a fun ride to lean the Spanish language. He is going to show you just how easy it is to learn this language without having to learn long vocabulary lists, dry and boring conjugation routines and...did someone say conjugation? Zzzzzz... He'll have you speaking Spanish phrases with effortless ease! He'll teach you how to know thousands of words in Spanish in less than 1 hour without having to memorize them.
Beginner's Japanese: Daily Phrases to Travel and Communicate
“Beginner's Japanese: Daily Phrases to Travel and Communicate” will cover everything you need to know to travel to Japan and communicate with locals without worrying and mastering the whole language. It is designed for Japanese beginners to master the greetings, basic phrases and vocabulary, Kanji signs and understand some cultural tips and customs. You can gain access to dozens of sample phrases that will rapidly improve your understanding of the language. You can - Master Japanese greetings in daily life and some ways to respond to questions. - Acquire 3 ultimate phrases that you must take to Japan. - Master the most useful phrases that will make you feel secure and confident. - Acquire vocabulary for travelers: transport, restaurant, shopping, etc. - Understand some Kanji (Chinese Character) signs you will encounter during in Japan. - Be familiar with culture and customs: unspoken rules that Japanese people follow. - Master simple self-introduction skills. This course is perfect for anyone who is a beginner and knows nothing about Japanese language, or someone who has just started learning it and would love to master some Japanese phrases and vocabulary.
Learn to Speak - Conversational German for Beginners
The course is designed to help everyone from the ab initio stage - those who have never learned German before - to those wanting to brush up in preparation for an upcoming holiday. The course is audio based using a bilingual speaker (myself & Cameron) and it will be supported with on-screen transcripts for easier learning and better retention.
Arabic Language | The Ultimate Arabic Course (Level 1)
Unlike other Arabic courses, this Arabic course is designed in special order to make you not to feel lost or frustrated during the course. You will get full lifetime access to 8+ hours of comprehensive contents recorded in high quality full HD Video Lessons.
Already, thousands of students are enrolled in Learn Real Arabic courses, they are learning new techniques and shortcuts to learn Arabic faster, and they make more progress than before. With our excellent support team and dedicated Arabic teachers, you’ll be in a great company.
This Arabic course covers all major topics a beginner needs to learn. The topics are arranged in logical order which makes the learning process smooth without getting frustrated or getting lost in the mid of the course. This Arabic course is created and designed according to and inline with: 1- CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and 2- ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ — Don't waste your time and learn Arabic from an Arab native professor.
American Sign Language Level 1
This course is designed to give students a language foundation in ASL. The course will include: the origins of the language; the alphabet and fingerspelling; colors; animals; foods and drinks; family signs; feelings; professions; verbs and key nouns. Students have materials to use for practicing vocabulary and sentences. At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a short story in ASL with clarity
3 Minute French - Course 1 | Language lessons for beginners
As the name suggests, each lesson in this course lasts just three minutes (more or less!). In each lesson, you learn a tiny chunk of French that you can use to build sentences. As you work through the course, you learn more and more little chunks and your sentences will gradually get longer and longer. The chunks that you learn in the first lessons are carried through to the last lessons. This means you don’t have to worry about trying to remember everything; you will get so much opportunity for practice that you will find the words and phrases just sink into your brain. The lessons in this course are focused, practical and effective, and you will build language skills that you can use straight away in real-world situations. You will be able to speak French comfortably and with confidence whenever you’re in a French speaking country.
Russian Language for Beginners: Alphabet and Pronunciation
This is one of the classes in my Russian for Beginners series, where we will start from the very beginning, the alphabet and the pronunciation, and work our way through first words to more complicated sentences and grammatical structures. I will give you homework as your class project and provide feedback to help you improve fast and effortlessly.
3 Minute Italian - Course 1 | Language lessons for beginners
With this course, it’s almost as if you have your very own language tutor at your beck and call. Take it with you wherever you are and have a quick listen to one of the lessons whenever you find yourself with three minutes to spare. You will be amazed at how much your language skills will develop after just a few minutes a day of study. You will start to learn the Italian language in a simple, logical and fun way. You will learn a variety of words that you will learn to put together to form sentences that will be useful in any visit to Italy, and you'll learn how to put the words together to form sentences, saying exactly what you want. There is ample opportunity throughout the course to practise what you've learnt, and structured repetition ensures you'll never forget what you've learnt.
Learn Thai Language | Essential Thai Phrases for Travelers
The most essential Thai phrases for a comfortable and enjoyable trip! "Essential Thai Phrases For Travelers" online videos and audios are designed as an easy to use, fun and interactive introduction to the Thai language. It's ideal for people wanting to travel or live in Thailand. There are various topics of videos, podcasts, eBooks, and downloadable learning material that help you learn Thai from absolute beginner to advanced levels. You'll go over very simple yet powerful phrases that you can use while traveling in Thailand. This handy guide, complete with everything a traveler needs to know while staying in Thailand, will make your trip more enjoyable, ease your language barriers, and give you the knowledge to get around Thailand.
Turkish Language Course - From Beginner to Fluent Speaker!
Turkish language course is a complete course for beginners in spoken and written Turkish. It is suitable for those who wish to acquire a small amount of the language to get the most out of a visit to Turkey. It is also ideal for those who require a deeper knowledge of the language in order to communicate effectively in a range of everyday situations. The instructors assume no previous knowledge of foreign language learning and avoid grammatical terminology where possible. Where such terms are unavoidable, they explain them in plain lay English. Completing this course will give you an intermediate-level knowledge of both spoken and written Turkish. They've have designed this course for self-tuition and so it is wholly self-contained. Course is made of 9 carefully graded and interlocking sections, which all are divided here in so called classes. Each class include one section which is continue of previous one, and it starts with the dialogue, accompanied by simple comprehension questions and notes about the language or Turkish culture. Further you have grammar lessons, where language points are explained, using plenty of examples to illustrate them. The exercises which follow are an essential part of each unit. Open-ended questions have been avoided so you can complete all the exercises using just the answer key. Each unit ends with a second, shorter dialogue which is linked to the opening one.
Learn Chinese Characters in a Fun & Effective Way!
Learning Chinese characters can be frustrating because of how different it is from the English alphabet. Luckily we have tools to make your learning process more enjoyable and fun! In this course, I will be demonstrating one of my favorite tools for learning Chinese characters. By the end of the demonstration, you will be able to understand and read the following sentence: Amy在山上。
Chinese Level 1 (Beginner)
These instructors teach entirely through videos, where they first explain concepts and then show them in practice through dialogues with strangers on the street. Videos are shortened down to 1-5 minutes and to make sure you are paying attention we will give you quizzes between the videos based on what you have just learned. Pass it and move on to learn about the next concept. Each lesson consists of 20-40 mins of video content. This introduction course contains 4 lessons (2+ hours in total) and a little treat at the end... When you sign up we will also give you our course book that helps you review everything you learn much easier. Your instructor in this course is Felix Lattman, who founded Domino Chinese in Guangzhou, China, after spending some years in the city and teaching himself Chinese. To him Chinese made a lot more sense than it is generally credited with, and so he realised this language of 1.3 billion people should be very easy to learn as long as it is taught in the right way. In 2013, he started teaching Chinese to foreigners and within 3 months all of his students could converse in Chinese.
Easy Portuguese - Learn Brazilian Portuguese
In this course, you will learn Brazilian Portuguese. The instructors for this course will be one American and two Brazilians. The words and sentences you learn from this course will come in useful if you ever decide to visit Brazil or any other Portuguese speaking country. You will be able to structure your words together and say what you want when you speak to Portuguese speakers. You can practice often what you learned and repeat the videos as much as you want so you will never forget what is taught. They'll also have the help of a Brazilian language professor in Brazil to make the curriculum for this course.
3 Minute Dutch | Language lessons for the complete beginner
Build a solid foundation in the Dutch language and start to communicate your thoughts and opinions. The aim of this course is to make Dutch accessible to anybody regardless of age, educational background or "aptitude" for learning. With this course, it’s almost as if you have your very own language tutor at your beck and call. Take it with you wherever you are and have a quick listen to one of the lessons whenever you find yourself with three minutes to spare. You will be amazed at how much your language skills will develop after just a few minutes a day of study. You will start to learn the Dutch language in a simple, logical and fun way. You will learn a variety of words that you will learn to put together to form sentences that will be useful in any visit to the Netherlands or any Dutch speaking country, and you'll learn how to put the words together to form sentences, saying exactly what you want.
Korean for Absolute Beginners 1
This course is aimed for those who have decided to start learning Korean for the first time. In order to help you develop the all important skills, we're going to help you develop important skills and knowledge in the following areas. Learn Hangul - By learning Hangul, the Korean alphabet system, you can start reading Korean, which will ultimately help you to develop your skills at a much quicker pace. Understand the sentence structure of Korean - Find out the key differences between Korean and English. Learn about honorific language - Learn the different types of honorific language and its importance when using Korean. Start forming basic sentences - Learn the use of be-verb and start forming Korean sentences. This is an interactive course, so you're not going to just sit there and listen to lectures. You will be instructed to listen and repeat, or even try to speak by yourself, so make sure you're in a quiet place so you can practice speaking.
How to be a Successful Freelance Translator
This is an introductory course that teaches you how to use your language abilities to work for yourself. You will learn how to earn a living on your own terms, so you can work on projects of your choosing, and can still be available for life's moments. Learn How To Earn A Living Working Independently Through Freelance Translation. Use your knowledge of languages to earn money Learn how to become an independent translation professional Find out how to work both yourself and for translation agencies, so you can get the best of both worlds Become familiar with what agencies and clients look for, so you can be better positioned to get hired by them
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Before you head off on your language journey– I want us to stay in contact with one another. Us language learners have to stick together right?
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But regardless of what tool you choose, if you’re not catching my drift here yet, to be a successful language acquirer you should be using a wide variety of reliable sources. Keep things interesting and make sure the content you’re learning is well-rounded.
I mean, you want the language acquisition process to be as enjoyable as possible right?? I know I do. That’s why I created this site; to share tips, tracks, and hacks on creating fun, personalized learning processes.
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That’s it for today’s article but as always, I look forward to seeing you in the next one. Don’t be a stranger!