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September 2014

Learn a new language with fun and free YouTube channels!

YouTube Channels for Learning a New Language

As language learners in this current age, we are blessed with the existence of freely available multimedia sources for instruction. In a previous article, we examined the “Best websites to bookmark for learning a new language”. Today, we’ll take the multimedia experience a step further by uncovering some of the best YouTube channels for learning a new language.

The benefit of learning via video is that one is provided with both audio and visuals, benefiting both learners who prefer listening and watching. When learning a new language, it helps to see the corresponding text for phrases. The best advice is to sample many language channels before sticking with one, so that you find the YouTube teachers that click best with you.

Learning multiple languages

For learning multiple languages, check out Innovative Language Learning, a very professional YouTube channel offering lessons on a multitude of languages. Since 2005, the company has become the world's largest developer of mobile language apps (690 in over 40 languages). Their YouTube channel consolidates their vast resources into one comprehensive channel.

It’s common knowledge that learning from locals is the best way to pick up functional language skills. Easy Languages accomplishes just that with street interviews of native speakers. It’s a fun, entertaining, and cultural approach to learning a new language.

The Travel Linguist offers language lessons including Czech, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Turkish. Their 101 series offers lessons featuring 101 survival words and phrases that will likely prove indispensible whilst traveling.

YouTube channels for specific languages

There are many YouTube channels devoted to learning English. One of the most notable channels is LearnEnglish by the British Council. Lessons include everyday conversations, ordering drinks in a pub, differences in British and American English, and speaking during job interviews. Other great English language learning YouTube channels include Anglo-Link, an in-depth channel that focuses on grammar, and JenniferESL, a fun channel offering excellent videos on reading comprehension, writing, and more.

If you’d like to pick up German, check out Get Germanized. Videos are directed at native English speakers, and they feature language lessons that also highlight German culture. Videos are highly entertaining, with unique themes like "Dying in Germany".

Web Spanish offers highly entertaining lessons taught by a trained Spanish teacher with sessions organized into six language levels. Topics include manners and etiquette, Spanish for travel, jokes, and more. It’s the exciting nature of Web Spanish that makes it a hit with language learners.

Learn Italian with ItalianPod101.com, a practical and simple language channel that features Italian teacher Consuelo. Lessons are quick and informative, and each lesson comes with a special tip to speak more like a native.

French From Beginners to Advanced is another no-nonsense YouTube language learning channel that focuses strongly on grammar. While less visually entertaining, its focus on fundamentals makes it ideal for those looking to learn as much French as they can in a short span of time.

What is your favorite YouTube channel for learning a new language or discovering more about other cultures? Let us know on Facebook and be sure to “like” TELC English for more articles on language learning!

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