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Course Report

150+ Free University Courses to Learn a New Language

Learn Spanish, Italian, English, Chinese, Korean, and other languages from these free online courses.

There are many language learning apps out there, but MOOCs can do one thing that these apps aren’t doing or can’t do — Massive Open Online Courses (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.

You can learn Spanish, English, Italian, Chinese, Korean, and other languages from these free university online courses. Class Central has created a collection of 150+ such MOOCs that teach more than 12 different languages.

We particularly recommend five highly rated courses that have made it onto Class Central’s The Best Online Courses of All-Time list:

While many courses are constantly available, some are session-based. If your chosen course is not available right now, you can Follow the subject, institution, or provider to receive emails announcing upcoming courses.

And if you want to learn English, you can find plenty of resources and courses in How to Learn English Online.

Index

Click on a language below to see all courses that teach that particular language, or check the multilingualism list for more about learning languages.

If these courses don’t interest you, either browse our extensive catalog of 30,000 online courses or have a look at our thematic collections:

Multilingualism

Multilingual Practices: Tackling Challenges and Creating Opportunities
University of Groningen via FutureLearn
Learn about central aspects of multilingualism in today’s globalised societies, such as cognition, policies and education.
★★★★★ (20 ratings)

Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics
Leiden University via Coursera
There is no human society, no matter how small or how isolated, which does not employ a language that is rich and diverse. This course introduces you to linguistics, featuring interviews with well-known linguists and with speakers of many different languages.
★★★★★ (72 ratings)

Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World
University of Glasgow via FutureLearn
This free online course will explore multilingual education and how it can impact and improve education and even wider society.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Introduction to Multilingual and Multicultural Education
Higher School of Economics via Coursera
By the end of this course, you will be able to: – critically evaluate various teaching practices – critically evaluate various language policies and planning programmes – obtain valuable insights to better understand the learning needs of students – apply the knowledge you will have gained in this course, in multilingual/multicultural classrooms

Embracing Language Diversity in Your Classroom
School Education Gateway – Teacher Academy via Independent
This course will encourage teachers of all age groups and from all subject disciplines to think more deeply about the importance of teacher language awareness and to better understand and utilise the linguistic diversity existing in their classroom.

Free Online Chinese Courses

Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People
Tsinghua University via edX
Beginners’ Chinese course from China’s top university.
★★★★★ (85 ratings)

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.
★★★★☆ (45 ratings)

More Chinese for Beginners
Peking University via Coursera
This is an advanced course for Chinese for beginners. Learners will expand vocabularies about personal information, daily life, food and drink, healthy, and common expressions.
★★★★★ (6 ratings)

Chinese for HSK 5
Peking University via Coursera
The HSK Level 5 course is a course that improves learners’ Chinese level through HSK Level 5 learning and then achieve good results in the HKS Level 5 exam.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Chinese for HSK 4
Peking University via Coursera
Chinese for HSK 4 is a 10-week course. It consists of two parts: Part I, which is a 6-week program, covers vocabulary and grammar delivered mainly through dialogues and passages; Part II takes 4 weeks to complete and the foci are exercises and testing strategies.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Mandarin Chinese 1: Chinese for Beginners
Shanghai Jiao Tong University via Coursera
Mandarin Chinese 1: Chinese for beginners is a beginner’s course of Mandarin Chinese. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Chinese for HSK 3 PART I
Peking University via Coursera
Chinese for HSK 3 is a 10-week course. It consists of two parts: Part I, which is a 6-week program, covers vocabulary and grammar delivered mainly through dialogues and passages; Part II takes 4 weeks to complete and the foci are exercises and testing strategies.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

中级汉语语法 | Intermediate Chinese Grammar
Peking University via edX
这门课将帮助学习者关注和理解汉语的语法特点,解决汉语学习中的语法难点,提高准确、恰当地运用语法知识进行说、读、写、译的能力。Learn Chinese grammatical concepts to improve your Chinese language skills in speaking, reading, writing and translating.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Mandarin Chinese Level 2
MandarinX via edX
Develop practical Mandarin skillswith extensive vocabulary, phrases and sentence structures used in daily communication and business environments.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Chinese for HSK 1
Peking University via Coursera
The course covers the four skills although only listening and reading are tested in HSK. At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use simple Chinese phrases and meet basic needs for communication.
★★★★☆ (4 ratings)

Translation in Practice
Nanjing University via Coursera
This course offers you basic but valuable techniques used by a good translator in the translation between English and Chinese.
★★★☆☆ (1 rating)

Fall in Love With Mandarin
National Chiao Tung University via FutureLearn
Learn everyday Mandarin and discover Taiwanese culture in the process
★★☆☆☆ (1 rating)

Chinese Characters for beginner 汉字
Peking University via Coursera
This is an elementary course on learning Chinese characters. Together, we will start from the basic element of Chinese characters– Strokes. Then we will learn 1,200 basic Chinese words composed of 240 commonly used Chinese characters.
★★★☆☆ (5 ratings)

Mandarin Chinese Level 1
MandarinX via edX
Mandarin Chinese is rapidly becoming one of the top languages to learn, especially for business. Learnbasic language skills for business scenarios in Mandarin-speaking countries.
★★☆☆☆ (11 ratings)

Mandarin Chinese for Intermediate Learners: Part 1
Shanghai Jiao Tong University via Coursera
“Mandarin Chinese 1: Chinese for Intermediate Learners” is the first course of the MOOC specialization “Learn Intermediate Mandarin Chinese” created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

是誰在說話 — 可愛的臺灣。(Intermediate Chinese)
National Taiwan University via Coursera
This course uses four scenic locations in Taiwan as the main topics. Besides emphasis on teaching vocabulary, grammar, and text comprehension, each lesson’s text will feature a non-human protagonist, retelling the past and present of each location.

Chinese for HSK 6
Peking University via Coursera
The HSK Level 6 course aims to improve learners’ Chinese proficiency by learning HSK Level 6 related content, and to help learners get good grades in the HSK Level 6 exam.

Business Chinese 1 中级汉语 (上)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University via Coursera
The MOOC presents lively, authentic, and up-to-date dialogues for daily conversations and business communications. The contents integrate trendy technologies with real-life situations.

现代汉语核心语法
Peking University via Coursera
According to the characteristics of the foreign student learning Chinese, this course systematically introduces the main grammar of Chinese, such as part of speech, sentence constituent, single sentence, complex sentence, discourse, expression method.

Mandarin Chinese 3: Chinese for Beginners
Shanghai Jiao Tong University via Coursera
Mandarin Chinese 3: Chinese for beginners is a beginner’s course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Mandarin Chinese 2: Chinese for beginners. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations.

Chinese for HSK 3 PART II
Peking University via Coursera
The HSK (Level 3) test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 80 items. The test will last for 90 minutes in total (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

Mandarin Chinese 2: Chinese for Beginners
Shanghai Jiao Tong University via Coursera
Mandarin Chinese 2: Chinese for beginners is a beginner’s course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Mandarin Chinese 1: Chinese for beginners. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations.

Mandarin Chinese for Intermediate Learners: Part 2
Shanghai Jiao Tong University via Coursera
“Mandarin Chinese 2: Chinese for Intermediate Learners” is the second course of the MOOC specialization “Learn Intermediate Mandarin Chinese” created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Chinese for HSK 2
Peking University via Coursera
This course is called “Chinese for HSK Level 2”, which is also the second step towards HSK Level 6. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will be able to express your views towards some simple and common daily life topics.

Chinese Characters for beginner (2) 汉字(2)
Peking University via Coursera
This is an elementary course on learning Chinese characters. Together, we will continue to learn another 240 Chinese characters in this course. And we will learn about another 1,200 basic Chinese words composed of 240 commonly used Chinese characters.

Learning Chinese : Start From Scratch (零到一學中文)
National Taiwan University via Coursera
This course’s main objective is to study practical conversation. By watching videos showing various kinds of situations, learners will recognize and understand vocabulary, pair everyday words together with grammar to form short phrases, and learn the correct way to express words used in day-to-day life.

Fundamentals of the Chinese character writing. Part 2
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
The course gives a concise survey of the Chinese character-writing tradition. You’ll master the fundamentals of the Chinese writing aesthetics; maintain the main techniques, gain more knowledge about writing tools and materials.

Fundamentals of the Chinese character writing (Part 1)
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
The course gives a concise survey of the Chinese character-writing tradition. You’ll master the fundamentals of the Chinese writing aesthetics; learn about the main phases of the characters’ evolution and about the great calligraphers of the past.

Mandarin Chinese for Intermediate Learners: Part 3
Shanghai Jiao Tong University via Coursera
“Mandarin Chinese 3: Chinese for Intermediate Learners” is the third course of the MOOC specialization “Learn Intermediate Mandarin Chinese” created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

汉语与文化交际 Chinese Cultural Communication
Peking University via edX
Learn Chinese as a second language, understand Chinese culture…

Empieza a hablar con 1.3 mil millones de personas.
XuetangX via Miríadax
Este curso introductorio del idioma chino da énfasis en la habilidad básica de chino en vida cotidiana en países en que hablan Madarín. El curso utiliza pinyin, el sistema estándar de ortografía romanizada para transliterar el chino, así los estudiantes pueden comprender y estudiar el idioma con más facilidad.

Mandarin Chinese Essentials
MandarinX via edX

This course is your first crucial step to learning Mandarin Chinese. Learn essential skills for communicating in Chineseincluding tones, pinyin, grammar, characters, and basic structures all within the context of a business environment.

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.

Mandarin Chinese Level 3
MandarinX via edX
Advance your Mandarin Chinese by tackling different topics in dynamic business scenarios with extensive vocabulary and compound sentence structures.

Chinese Language in Culture: Level 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX
Learn both cultural competence and language proficiency for successful participation in Mandarin-speaking societies.

Chinese Language in Culture: Level 2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX
Learn both cultural competence and language proficiency for successful participation in Mandarin-speaking societies.

Китайский для начинающих (Chinese for beginners)
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
The course is designed for individuals learning Chinese from scratch. Students will be able to master the basic vocabulary and grammar of the Chinese language at level A1 according to the international classification of foreign language proficiency.

Free Online Spanish Courses

Basic Spanish 3: Getting there
Universitat Politècnica de València via edX
Beginners course for learners of Spanish that focuses not only on language but also on cultural aspects, specifically designed for English speakers.
★★★★★ (86 ratings)

Basic Spanish 2: One Step Further
Universitat Politècnica de València via edX
Beginners course for learners of Spanish that focuses not only on language, but also on cultural aspects, specifically designed for English speakers.
★★★★★ (60 ratings)

Basic Spanish 1: Getting Started
Universitat Politècnica de València via edX
Learn Spanish and explore Spanish culture in this introductory language course, designed for English speakers.
★★★★☆ (320 ratings)

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.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

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.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Spanish Language
Modern States via Independent
This Spanish Language course reviews materials typically learned during the first and second year of college study. Our goal is to prepare you to pass the College Board’s CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

Spanish Vocabulary: Meeting People
University of California, Davis via Coursera
¡Hola! ¿Como Estas? In this entry level course, you will take the first step toward exploring the foundations of Spanish grammar and pronunciation, and will begin to build a working vocabulary of common Spanish words and expressions.
★★★☆☆ (1 rating)

Spanish Vocabulary Project
University of California, Davis via Coursera
In this course, we’ll imagine that you are applying for an all-expenses-paid, educational trip to a Spanish-speaking nation of your choice.
★★☆☆☆ (1 rating)

Spanish for Beginners
Universidad a Distancia de Madrid via iversity
E.L.E. Course Spanish in Context Level A1.1:This is a dynamic, fun, interactive and practical course aimed at obtaining a communicative competence which allows the correct linguistic interaction required in different communicative situations.
★★★☆☆ (6 ratings)

Spanish Vocabulary: Careers and Social Events
University of California, Davis via Coursera
¡Hola! This fourth course will introduce new vocabularies in the areas of dining, fashion, professions and careers and will bring you ever closer to the 500 word threshold for beginning Spanish.

Spanish Vocabulary: Cultural Experience
University of California, Davis via Coursera
¡Bienvenidos! This second course in the specialization will build on the basic vocabulary you learned in the first course, and you will begin to build the skills necessary to express your likes and dislikes orally and in writing.

Spanish Vocabulary: Sports, Travel, and the Home
University of California, Davis via Coursera
Building on the vocabulary and skills that you have already mastered, this third course of the specialization will introduce new vocabulary that will prepare you to discuss sports, pastimes and politics — important cultural elements of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish for Successful Communication in Healthcare Settings
Rice University via Coursera
This course is structured in four modules, each one revolving on a topic related to the physician-patient interaction. Each module contains four lessons; on grammar, vocabulary, the dynamics of the spoken interaction, and aspects of sociocultural relevance.

Spanish for beginners: Learn in paradise
The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana via edX
Explore Colombian culture as you learn Spanish on a very basic level, learning the most common survival Spanish travel phrases while you follow the story of an American girl arriving in the city of Cali, Colombia.

Learn Spanish for Global Communication: Level 1 (taster)
King’s College London via FutureLearn
Suitable even for beginners, this course from the Modern Language Centre will get you well versed in the art of speaking Spanish.

Foundations of Medical Spanish
Universidad Anáhuac via edX
Enhance your communication skills as a doctor or healthcare professional with this introductory Spanish course to engage better with Latin and Hispanic patients.

Spanish Vocabulary: Discussing Sports and Politics
University of California, Davis via Coursera
Building on the vocabulary and skills that you have already mastered, this third course of the specialization will introduce new vocabulary that will prepare you to discuss sports, pastimes and politics — important cultural elements of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish Across the Americas: Beginners
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba via FutureLearn
Join us on a journey across the Americas and learn the basics of the Spanish language as you discover Latin American culture.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AP® Spanish Language and Culture
Boston University via edX
An interactive Spanish MOOC to prepare students for the AP language and culture exam. Come practice your Spanish with us!

Proficiency Course in Spanish
CEC via Swayam
To equip learners with sufficient linguistic competence to be able to respond appropriately in daily life situations and to express their needs in basic Spanish and provide them with Functional Grammar and Language Use.

Free Online Italian Courses

L’Italiano nel mondo
University of Naples Federico II via edX
Impara a ragionare sulla competenza linguistica e sul modo in cui utilizzi la lingua italiana
★★★★★ (23 ratings)

Dialetti in Italia
University of Naples Federico II via edX
Muovi i primi passi nella complessità della realtà linguistica italiana, in cui, accanto all’italiano, sono parlati numerosi dialetti. Nati direttamente dal latino, sono di ampia diffusione nella vita quotidiana, nella letteratura e nel cinema italiano.
★★★★★ (6 ratings)

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

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.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

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.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

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.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Benvenuti in Italia! Orientarsi con l’italiano
Politecnico di Milano via Polimi OPEN KNOWLEDGE
This course, stemming from the European project e-LOCAL (Electronically Learning Other Cultures And Languages), will guide you into the discovery of Italian language and culture.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Italian Language and Culture: Beginner (2021-2022)
Wellesley College via edX
Learn the basics of the Italian language and culture through videos, podcasts, interviews, and much more.
★★★★☆ (3 ratings)

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.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

Linguaggio, identità di genere e lingua italiana
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice via EduOpen
Come dare nome alle donne che svolgono funzioni di governo e direzione? Esiste il neutro come genere non marcato in italiano? Come fa riferimento alle donne la lingua italiana?

AP® Italian Language and Culture (2020-2021)
Wellesley College via edX
Improve your language skills and expand your knowledge of contemporary Italian culture! If you are a high school student, prepare for success in the AP® Italian exam!

Italian Language and Culture: Intermediate (2021-2022)
Wellesley College via edX
Improve your Italian language skills and expand your vocabulary while you learn about Italian art, literature and contemporary society.

Italian Language and Culture: Advanced (2021-2022)
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.

Benvenuti in Italia! Orientarsi con l’italiano – Part 2
Politecnico di Milano via Polimi OPEN KNOWLEDGE
This beginner’s course, stemming from the European project e-LOCAL (Electronically Learning Other Cultures And Languages), will guide you into the discovery of Italian language and culture.

Studying in Italian – Science and Mathematics: a MOVE-ME Project Course
The Open University via FutureLearn
Study Science and Maths in Italian and develop the skills you need when you take part in a European student mobility programme.

Studying in Italian – Law and Economics: a MOVE-ME Project Course
The Open University via FutureLearn
Study Law and Economics in Italian and develop the skills you need when you take part in a European student mobility programme.

Studying in Italian – Language and Literature: a MOVE-ME Project Course
The Open University via FutureLearn
Study Language and Literature in Italian and develop the skills you need when you take part in a European student mobility program

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.

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.

Free Online Russian Courses

Я говорю по-русски/ I speak Russian
Tomsk State University via Coursera
Есть мнение, что русский язык – не просто один из самых распространенных языков в мире, но и один из самых сложных для изучения. В нашем курсе мы покажем, что знакомство с русским языком может быть увлекательным и даже забавным.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Русский как иностранный: B1+. Russian as a foreign language: B1+
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
The goal of this course is to summarize in a comprehensive way the knowledge and communicative skills of Russian as a Foreign Language in the framework of level B1. This course has a cross-cultural context, it introduces the listener to the Russian lifestyle and way of thinking.

Russian for beginners 1. Русский язык: A1
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Russian is considered to be one of the world’s most difficult languages. This course is aimed at helping those who are interested in understanding the basics of Russian language.

Business Russian Communication. Part 4
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Russian is considered to be one of the most difficult languages in the world, and many learners struggle to master its grammar and pronunciation. This course is aimed at those who wants to work in Russia, do business with Russian partners or study on business-related majors in Russian.

Русский как иностранный: B1+. Часть 2. Russian as a foreign language. B1+. Part 2.
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
The goal of this course is to summarize in a comprehensive way the knowledge and communicative skills of Russian as a Foreign Language in the framework of level B1. This course has a cross-cultural context, it introduces the listener to the Russian lifestyle and way of thinking.

Russian for beginners 2. Русский язык A1
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Russian is considered to be one of the world’s most difficult languages. This course aimed at helping those who are interested in understanding the Russian language.

Russian for beginners 3. Русский язык: A1
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Russian is considered to be one of the world’s most difficult languages. This course aimed at helping those who are interested in understanding the Russian language.

Russian Alphabet
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Russian is considered to be one of the world’s most difficult languages. This course is aimed at helping those who are interested in understanding the basics of the Russian language, and preparing learners to further their language acquisition.

Business Russian Communication. Part 1
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Russian is considered to be one of the most difficult languages in the world, and many learners struggle to master its grammar and pronunciation. This course is aimed at those who wants to work in Russia, do business with Russian partners or study on business-related majors in Russian.

Business Russian Communication. Part 2
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Russian is considered to be one of the most difficult languages in the world, and many learners struggle to master its grammar and pronunciation. This course is aimed at those who wants to work in Russia, do business with Russian partners or study on business-related majors in Russian.

Business Russian Communication. Part 3
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Russian is considered to be one of the most difficult languages in the world, and many learners struggle to master its grammar and pronunciation. This course is aimed at those who wants to work in Russia, do business with Russian partners or study on business-related majors in Russian.

Basics of Russian: ORU-001: Communication Skills-I
IGNOU via Swayam
The present course aims at introducing the basics of the Russian grammar and gradually builds competence in Reading and Writing Russian. The objective of the course is to introduce learners to the basics of Russian grammar so that they can read and write Russian in an accurate manner.

Basics of Russian: ORUL-002:Communication Skills-II
IGNOU via Swayam
The course aims at providing beginners with basics of Russian Language. The objective of the course is to introduce learners to the basics of Russian phonetics so that they can read, write, listen and speak Russian in an accurate manner.

Basics of Russian-Part 1, Basics of Russian: Communication Skills-II
IGNOU via Swayam
Indirect method of Teaching has been used for this course. For MOOC’s, indirect instruction seems appropriate since it seeks a high level of student involvement in observing, investigating, drawing inferences from data, or forming hypotheses.

Basics of Russian-Part 1
IGNOU via Swayam
This program is designed for a Japanese beginner to learn how to express basic ideas in Japanese, by using simple vocabulary and sentence patterns commonly used in college life.

Proficiency Course in Russian
CEC via Swayam
As Russian language is different from other European languages in the script, morphology, syntactic structures etc., the course is designed in such a way that the learner is at ease with the learning process. The various concepts have been explained in detail with sufficient examples.

Free Online Japanese Courses

Steps in Japanese for Beginners1 Part1
Waseda University via edX
Learn basic Japanese expressions to survive in Japanese.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Japanese Culture and Language (I) | 日语与日本文化(1)
Tsinghua University via edX
Do you have interests in the Japanese life styles and their national cultures? Do you have the ambition to grasp some basic Japanese quickly?Then this is the course for you. 你想了解日本人的生活细节和民族文化吗?你想快速掌握日语的基础知识吗?欢迎选择本课程。
★☆☆☆☆ (2 ratings)

Japanese for beginners 1
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Japanese language has become extremely popular among learners in recent years, since it is the best way to explore one of the richest and most mysterious cultures of the modern East.

Japanese for beginners 2
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
This course is aimed at those who are interested in understanding Japanese way of thinking and view of the world through learning the language

Japanese Culture and Language (II) | 日语与日本文化(2)
Tsinghua University via edX
Do you have interests in the Japanese life styles and their national cultures? Do you have the ambition to grasp some basic Japanese quickly? Then this is the course for you. 你想了解日本人的生活细节和民族文化吗?你想快速掌握日语的基础知识吗?欢迎选择本课程。

Steps in Japanese for Beginners1 Part2
Waseda University via edX
Learn how to acquire essential information, as well as how to convey information to others.

Steps in Japanese for Beginners1 Part3
Waseda University via edX
Learn important words and phrases for building relationships with other people.

Steps in Japanese for Beginners2 Part1
Waseda University via edX
Learn casual expressions which are used among people who know each other well and the small talk which helps build personal relationships.

Steps in Japanese for Beginners2 Part3
Waseda University via edX
Learn how to explain a troubling situation, and how to ask for assistance from people.

Steps in Japanese for Beginners2 Part2
Waseda University via edX
Learn how to ask the details about a situation and make requests to people.

Japanese Pronunciation for Communication
Waseda University via edX
Practice pronunciation and improve your spoken Japanese in context.

Steps in Japanese for Beginners3 Part2
Waseda University via edX
Learn how to express emotion both publicly and privately

Steps in Japanese for Beginners3 Part3
Waseda University via edX
Learn academic expressions and interaction at companies

Steps in Japanese for Beginners3 Part1
Waseda University via edX
Learn manners and rules needed develop personal relationships with various people and expressions necessary for natural disasters

Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur via Swayam
This course focuses on conversational skills and basic training in sentence construction, simple situational conversation, grammatical knowledge and elements of Kanji (Chinese pictograms),and the kana (Katakana and Hiragana) scripts.

Free Online Korean Courses

First Step Korean
Yonsei University via Coursera
This is an elementary-level Korean language course, and covers 4 skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
★★★★★ (35 ratings)

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.
★★★★★ (11 ratings)

The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction to Hangeul
Sungkyunkwan University via Coursera
This course introduces Korean characters,’Hangeul’, and provides high-level knowledge related to Hangeul.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

Introduction to Korean
Hanyang University via FutureLearn
Get an introduction to the language and culture of Korea, with this online Korean course from Hanyang University in Seoul.
★★★★☆ (3 ratings)

The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction to Hangeul
Sungkyunkwan University via FutureLearn
Discover the basics of Hanguel, the official alphabet and writing system of Korea dating back to the fifteenth-century.
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A Bridge to the World: Korean Language for Advanced Ⅰ
Sungkyunkwan University via Coursera
Through this course, you can understand Korean more deeply and get advanced Korean language skills.

A Bridge to the World: Korean Language for Beginners Ⅰ
Sungkyunkwan University via Coursera
This course is an introductory course to Korean language that aims to cultivate basic communication skill for those that are interested in learning Korean language.

A Bridge to the World: Korean Language for Intermediate1
Sungkyunkwan University via Coursera
Through this class, you can use expressions such as introducing, talking about experiences, and comforting, and you will be able to increase your understanding of basic Korean culture.

Korean for Beginners: Step 2
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
This course is aimed at those who have completed Korean for Beginners 1 and want to continue their exciting journey in the world of the Korean language and culture.

Korean for Beginners: Step 1
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
In our course, you will be able to not only master Korean on an elementary level, but also gain the necessary knowledge about the Korean culture and traditions, which is crucial in learning the language.

Introduction to Korean 2
Hanyang University via FutureLearn
Develop your understanding of the Korean language and explore Korean culture.

Free Online Irish Courses

Irish 105: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Deepen your understanding of Irish culture and language, exploring new conversational subjects such as the family and pastimes.

Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Find out how to speak, write and understand basic words, phrases and dialogues in Irish.

Irish 204: Irish language and Culture for Adults
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Discover the wonders of the Irish language and the rich history of Irish culture in this language course for adults.

Irish 103: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Learn to talk about occupations, daily life and personal skills in this third introductory course on the Irish language.

Irish 106: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Delve deeper into Irish language and culture. You’ll explore past and future tenses – plus new subjects, like food and drink.

Irish 107: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Continue on your Irish language journey and explore conversational themes and gain new insights into Irish culture and language.

Irish 108: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Build on your existing knowledge of the Irish language and culture; cover topics like giving directions and making arrangements.

Irish 104: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Learn to talk about arrangements and give commands, whilst discovering the role of women in Irish myths and legends.

Irish 201: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Learn about the rich culture found in the Irish language while developing your spoken, reading, listening and writing skills.

Irish 202: Irish Language and Culture for Adults
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Develop your ability to speak and write in the Irish language and learn more about traditional Irish culture and mythology.

Irish 203: Irish Language and Culture for Adults
Dublin City University via FutureLearn
Develop your Irish language skills whilst discovering Irish culture with Dublin City University.

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German – I
Indian Institute of Technology Madras via Swayam
German I is meant to be an introduction to the German language and a basic orientation towards Germany (and to some extent Austria and Switzerland).
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German Language
American University via Independent
It reviews the fundamentals taught in two to three semesters of German language at college.

Curso Básico de Alemán para Turismo
Universitat de les Illes Balears via Miríadax
El curso básico de alemán para turismo va dirigido a todos aquellos estudiantes que, sin tener conocimientos previos, deseen formarse en este idioma con fines profesionales.

Proficiency Course in German Level 2
CEC via Swayam
The aim of this course is to introduce the learner to German language.

German at Work Intermediate 1: Deutsch am Arbeitsplatz
The Open University via FutureLearn
Develop your understanding of the German language and consolidate your communication skills for the workplace.

German at Work Post-Beginners 1: Deutsch am Arbeitsplatz
The Open University via FutureLearn
Develop your understanding of the German language and consolidate your communication skills for the workplace.

German at Work Post-Beginners 2: Deutsch am Arbeitsplatz
The Open University via FutureLearn
Develop your understanding of the German language and consolidate your communication skills for the workplace.

German at Work Intermediate 2: Deutsch am Arbeitsplatz
The Open University via FutureLearn
Develop your understanding of the German language and consolidate your communication skills for the workplace.

German – II
Indian Institute of Technology Madras via Swayam
German II builds upon German I to help the learner acquire the A level of competence(A1+A2) as per the European Common Language Framework.

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Étudier en France: French Intermediate course B1-B2
École Polytechnique via Coursera
Ce cours de français de niveau intermédiaire B1/B2, conforme aux exigences du Cadre européen de Référence pour les Langues, s’inscrit dans le double dispositif “former avec le numérique”et “langue et interculturalité” mis en place par l’Université Paris Saclay.
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Modern States via Independent
It reviews the fundamentals taught in two to three semesters of French language at college

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Weston High School via edX
A three week class to boost your confidence before starting your AP® French Language and Culture class.

Learn French for Global Communication: Level 1 (taster)
King’s College London via FutureLearn
Learn the basics of the French language and discover how French fluency can improve your professional life and career.

(Basic French : Course 1) BFLI 001:Parler de soi / Talking About Oneself
IGNOU via Swayam
This course is aimed at teaching basic communication skills in French to the learner. It has sections on introducing oneself, speaking about oneself and simple introduction conversations, with exercises and activities

Proficiency course in French
CEC via Swayam
The objectives of this course include familiarising learners with the basic sounds, letters, numbers, grammar and vocabulary of French.

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Norwegian for Beginners 1
Norwegian University of Science and Technology via FutureLearn
Master the basics of the Norwegian language. Gain confidence in speaking and understanding common phrases.

Norwegian for Beginners 2
Norwegian University of Science and Technology via FutureLearn
Continue to improve your understanding of the Norwegian language and Norwegian culture.

Norwegian for Beginners 3
Norwegian University of Science and Technology via FutureLearn
Continue building your understanding of the Norwegian language and culture with the third online course for beginners from NTNU.

Introduction to Norwegian 2
University of Oslo via FutureLearn
Learn to write, speak, and understand intermediate Norwegian with this fun and engaging four-week course.

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Islamic Calligraphy: An Introduction to the Art of Handwriting
University of Malaya via FutureLearn
Understand the basics of Islamic and Arabic calligraphy and develop your calligraphy skills.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

BAL-001: Basics Of Arabic
IGNOU via Swayam
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BAL-002: Communication Skills
IGNOU via Swayam
This programme aims at acquainting the beginners with essential rudiments of the Arabic Language, and gradually and systematically inculcates in them an ability to speak, write and read the language with a certain degree of accuracy and confidence.

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Pluralidades em Português Brasileiro
Universidade Estadual de Campinas via Coursera
Pluralidades em Português Brasileiro is a five-week long online self-access course whose aim is to expand intercultural awareness and develop upper intermediate/advanced reading and listening comprehension skills regarding Brazilian Portuguese as a foreign language.
★★★★☆ (3 ratings)

ApPT-UA — aprender português com a UA
Universidade de Aveiro via Miríadax
O curso ApPl-UA espelha o dia a dia dos portugueses e foca, em especial, a realidade da região de Aveiro. Ele está dividido em 10 módulos didáticos autónomos, mas que se relacionam entre si, percorrendo urna narrativa onde se cruzam os percursos de 2 familías portuguesas.

Let’s Learn Portuguese Language
University of Malaya via FutureLearn
Enhance your vacation and gain an understanding of one of the world’s friendliest and most vibrant countries through language.

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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.
★★★★★ (238 ratings)

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.
★★★★★ (25 ratings)

Incipit. Curso básico de lengua y cultura latinas
Universitat de València via Miríadax
El curso se compone de 6 módulos. Cada módulo e compone de un vídeo de presentación, material con recursos lingüísticos y funcionales, y una selección de contenidos y enlaces de libre acceso comentados que remiten a diferentes temas históricos, literarios y culturales.
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Urdu Language Script Learning
NCERT via Swayam
Team of experts comprising academicians from universities, teacher educators and faculty of Department of Education in Languages, NCERT will interact with the learners.
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Noongar Language and Culture
Curtin University via edX
Learn about the Noongar people of Western Australia, their culture and their language.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

หลักการใช้ภาษาไทยสำหรับครู|Thai Grammar for Teachers
Hat Yai University via ThaiMOOC
ยินดีต้อนรับผู้เรียนเข้าสู่ รายวิชาหลักการใช้ภาษาไทยสำหรับครู “ภาษาไทย คือ หัวใจของทุกศาสตร์” รายวิชาเรียนตามอัธยาศัย รายวิชานี้ได้ปรับรูปแบบการจัดการเรียนการสอนเป็น “การเรียนรู้ด้วยตนเองตามอัธยาศัย (Self-Paced)”

Let’s Learn Thai Language
University of Malaya via FutureLearn
Enhance your vacation and gain an understanding of one of the world’s friendliest and most beautiful countries through language.

Sr.Secondary : Hindi (301)
NIOS via Swayam
हिंदी अपने साहित्यिक एवं बोलचाल के रूप के माध्यम से आरम्भ से ही जन आकाक्षाओं की अभी व्यक्ति करती रही है,हिंदी साहित्य की समृधि ‌‌‌का यह बहुत बड़ा कारण है कि हिंदी ने समयनुसार अपने आप को परिवर्तित एवं समृद्ध किया है , आज के समय में एक तरफ तो हिंदी में अनेक विधाओं का साहित्य लिखा जा रहा है दूसरी तरफ हिंदी मीडिया का भी विस्तार हुआ है हिंदी भाषी सामान्य व्यक्ति नई सूचना-क्रांति के परिणामस्वरूप

Getting to Know Catalonia: An Introduction to the Catalan Language, Culture and Society
Universitat Pompeu Fabra via FutureLearn
Get an introduction to Catalan society, by learning about its history, language and culture.

Catalan for Beginners
Universitat Pompeu Fabra via FutureLearn
Learn the basics of everyday Catalan, with a survival kit for beginners to this beautiful language.

Urdu Language Teaching
NCERT via Swayam
Team of experts comprising academicians from universities, teacher educators and faculty of Department of Education in Languages, NCERT will interact with the learners.

Urdu Refresher Course
AICTE via Swayam
This is online Urdu Refresher Course for 12 weeks consisting of videos and texts which will also be uploaded to provide in print for teachers.

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