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Be More Flexible: Learn A New Language With MOOCs

Dhawal Shah

It took a while, but MOOCs for learning languages are finally here! You can now learn Spanish, English, Italian, Chinese, Korean, and other languages from MOOCs.

There are many language learning apps out there, but MOOCs can do one thing that these apps aren’t doing or can’t do — MOOCs can teach you about the culture of the parent country.

To get a sense of what I’m talking about, take a look at the intro video for edX’s Mandarin Chinese for Business course.

Mandarin Chinese for Business

Class Central has created a collection of 30+ such MOOCs that teach over 7 different languages.

We particularly recommend edX’s Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People and FutureLearn’s Introduction to Dutch. Both these courses are highly rated and are part of Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of all time.

The Language Learning Collection will be updated regularly as new courses become available, so bookmark this page for future reference.

Better yet, you can also Follow the Language Learning Collection on its special collection page (look for the “follow” button just below the title). Followers will receive a notification whenever we update the collection.

The Learn a Language collection page. Use the Follow button to be notified when the list is updated.

Index

Click on a language below to see all MOOCs that teach that particular language.

1. Chinese
2. Italian
3. Spanish
4. English
5. Dutch
6. Korean
7. Frisian

Chinese

Learn Mandarin Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People

Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People
Tsinghua University via edX
This introductory Chinese language course will emphasize basic language skills for everyday life in Mandarin speaking countries.
Bookmark | ★★★★★ (19 ratings) |

Mandarin Chinese for Business
MandarinX via edX
Learn common Mandarin Chinese business phrases and understand Chinese culture so you can communicate professionally in the largest market in the world.
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Chinese for Beginners
Peking University via Coursera
This is an ABC Chinese course for beginners, including introduction of phonetics and daily expressions. After taking this class, learners can have a basic understanding of Chinese Mandarin and make basic conversations of daily living.
Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (15 ratings) |

More Chinese for Beginners
Peking University via Coursera
Learners will expand vocabularies about personal information, daily life, food and drink, healthy, and expressions about greeting, suggestion, agreement, comparison, complaint, prohibition, experience, plan, recommendation, etc.
Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (1 rating) |

Italian

Introduction to Italian
Università per Stranieri di Siena via FutureLearn
Learn basic Italian and explore Italian culture, with this free online Italian course.
Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (2 ratings) |

Italian1x: Italian Language and Culture: Beginner
Wellesley College via edX
Learn the basics of the Italian language and culture through videos, podcasts, interviews, and much more.
Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (2 ratings) |

Italian2x: Italian Language and Culture: Intermediate
Wellesley College via edX
Improve your Italian language skills and expand your vocabulary while you learn about Italian art, literature and contemporary society.
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Italian3x: Italian Language and Culture: Advanced
Wellesley College via edX
Enhance your knowledge of the Italian language and learn about Italy’s culture and history including theater, opera and the poet Dante.
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Italian for Beginners 1: Meeting, Greeting and Eating
The Open University via FutureLearn
Learn how to order food and drink, greet people, and introduce yourself, in this first Italian for Beginners course.
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Italian for Beginners 2: My Friends and Family
The Open University via FutureLearn
Learn how to introduce people, exchange information about them and talk about your family.
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Italian for Beginners 3: My Daily Life
The Open University via FutureLearn
In the third Italian for Beginners course, learn how to talk about your daily life and your leisure activities.
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Italian for Beginners 4: Likes And Dislikes
The Open University via FutureLearn
In the fourth Italian for Beginners course, learn to talk about your likes, dislikes and preferences.
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Italian for Beginners 5: Time To Travel
The Open University via FutureLearn
In the fifth Italian for Beginners course, learn to ask for information on trains and buy train tickets.
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Italian for Beginners 6: Out And About
The Open University via FutureLearn
In this sixth Italian for Beginners course, learn to book holiday accommodation and order a meal.
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Spanish

ASLCx: AP® Spanish Language and Culture
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School via edX
Perfect your Spanish speaking and writing skills while learning about the cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world to prepare for the AP* Spanish Language and Culture exam.
Bookmark | ★★☆☆☆ (2 ratings) |

Spanish for Beginners 1: Meeting and Greeting
The Open University via FutureLearn
Learn how to greet people, and talk about where you live and what you do in the first of six Spanish for Beginners courses.
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Spanish for Beginners 2: People and Places
The Open University via FutureLearn
Learn how to describe people and what they wear, and talk about your family and home in the second Spanish for Beginners course.
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Spanish for Beginners 3: My Life
The Open University via FutureLearn
Learn to talk about daily life, what you do during the day and when things happen in the third Spanish for Beginners course.
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Spanish for Beginners 4: Leisure Time
The Open University via FutureLearn
Learn how to talk about your hobbies and free time, and your likes and dislikes in the fourth Spanish for Beginners course.
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Spanish for Beginners 5: Getting Things Done
The Open University via FutureLearn
Learn how to make phone calls, book accommodation, shop for food and get things done in the fifth Spanish for Beginners course.
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Spanish for Beginners 6: Out and About
The Open University via FutureLearn
Learn how to ask for directions, shop for clothes, and order food and drinks in the sixth Spanish for Beginners course.
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Spanish for Beginners — iversity

Spanish for Beginners
Universidad a Distancia de Madrid via iversity
Want to speak Spanish? This course will teach you Spanish with video sequences that use real situations in a variety of contexts. Learn the basics for understanding and communicating in both a practical and fun way.
Bookmark | ★★☆☆☆ (3 ratings) |

Learn Spanish: Basic Spanish for English Speakers
Universitat Politècnica de València via edX
Learn Spanish and explore Spanish culture in this introductory language course, designed for English speakers.
Bookmark | ★★☆☆☆ (4 ratings) |

English

Conversational English Skills
Tsinghua University via edX
Learn how to effectively communicate in English and improve your conversational language skills.
Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (9 ratings) |

English for Doing Business in Asia – Speaking
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via edX
Introducing strategies for developing your spoken English communication skills in the context of doing business in Asia
Bookmark | ★★★★★ (1 rating) |

Exploring English: Language and Culture
British Council via FutureLearn
This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills.
Bookmark | ★★★★☆ (13 ratings) |

Inglés Empresarial: Gestión y Liderazgo
Arizona State University via Coursera
Are you a business executive or a manager who uses English in your career? Then you know that good business communication in English requires focus, vocabulary, and specific linguistic structures. In this course, you will follow along a recently promoted manager as she builds and leads her team to success.
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Inglés Empresarial: Finanzas y Economía
Arizona State University via Coursera
Do you work in finance or interact with finance professionals? Is it necessary to speak, write or understand English in your career? Follow the authentic characters in this course as they work through common business situations in finance and economics.
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Inglés Empresarial: el márketing y ventas
Arizona State University via Coursera
If you work in marketing, sales, or advertising, you already know that effective communication is a requirement. This can be even more difficult when expressing your ideas in a persuasive manner in English. In this course, you will learn to use English more efficiently while joining successful global professionals around the world
Bookmark |

Dutch

Introduction to Dutch — FutureLearn

Introduction to Dutch
University of Groningen via FutureLearn
Learn to speak, write and understand basic Dutch, with this free, three-week, introductory foreign language course.
Bookmark | ★★★★★ (21 ratings) |

Korean

First Step Korean
Yonsei University via Coursera
This is an elementary-level Korean language course, consisting of 5 lessons with 4 units, and covers 4 skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Bookmark | ★★☆☆☆ (1 rating) |

Learn to Speak Korean 1
Yonsei University via Coursera
This course is for beginner students who are familiar with the Korean alphabet, Hangeul. Through this course students will learn the skills essential for daily interactions with Koreans while living in Korea.
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Frisian

Introduction to Frisian
University of Groningen via FutureLearn
Learn to speak, write and understand the second official language of the Netherlands with this free introductory language course.
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      Andrew Weiler

      Learning a language takes a lot more than just doing a course or two. Just because you have to pay for a course does not necessarily make it any better than a free one. It is important to learn to become discerning about the language courses you do, just as it is important to become discerning about anything you do. By doing one that teaches you to learn a language that leads you to believe that your memory is the problem, or that you are not talented ,for eg, you can damage your chances of learning a language. The reality is that anyone can learn a language if they go about in ways that work!

      Here are some pointers as to what you need to look for so you can maximise the chances of you being successful in what you learn – http://www.strategiesinlanguagelearning.com/best-language-learning/

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