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Arabic

  • In this 25-lesson series, you’ll follow Hala on a journey through Egypt. Throughout this series, you will also learn how to count, ask questions, how to describe things and much more. You’ll hear Colloquial Egyptian spoken in a variety of situations and learn important culture tips.

Bulgarian

  • If you are completely new to Bulgarian, start here! In this series, Iva and Yura will walk you through the absolute beginner basics of the Bulgarian language. You’ll learn how to greet people, introduce yourself, apologize, ask for permission, and more! Learn Bulgarian through simple patterns – if you aren’t looking for detailed grammar explanations and want to start speaking right away, this series is for you.

Cantonese

  • In this series geared toward the absolute beginner, you will learn how to greet people, ask questions, talk about the present, past, and future, count, and much more. You’ll hear Cantonese spoken in many different situations, which means you will pick up a wide variety of Cantonese phrases.

Chinese

  • In this series, our hosts will walk you through the absolute beginner basics of the Chinese language. You’ll learn how to introduce yourself, apologize, ask for permission, count numbers, and more!

Filipino

  • In this 25-lesson series, you will learn how to greet people, ask questions, talk about the present, past, and future, count, and much more. You’ll hear Filipino spoken in a variety of situations, meaning you will pick up both formal and informal Filipino.

Finnish

  • If you are completely new to Finnish, start here! In this series, Paula and Gina will walk you through the absolute beginner basics of the Finnish language. You’ll learn how to greet people, introduce yourself, talk about your interests, invite someone, and more! Learn Finnish through simple patterns and basic grammar explanations, so you can start speaking right away!

French

  • In this 25-lesson Absolute Beginner series you will learn self-introductions, telling time, and more. As with all of our lessons, you’ll learn useful French cultural tips that you won’t find in a text book. This series is aimed at students who are making contact to the French language for the first time or need a basic review.

German

  • In this 25-lesson Absolute Beginner series, you will learn self-introductions, telling time, and more. As with all of our lessons, you’ll learn useful German cultural tips that you won’t find in a text book. This series is aimed at students who are making contact to the German language for the first time or need a basic review. There is also a focus on travel, so you will hear dialogues that cover typical travel situations you may find yourself in on your next trip to Germany!

Italian

  • In this 25-lesson series, you will follow the story of the daily life of Melissa, an American in Italy, her Italian friend Alessio, and their colleagues. Throughout this series, you will learn how to greet people, ask questions, talk about the present, past, and future, count, and much more. You’ll hear Italian spoken in a variety of situations. That means you will pick up both formal and informal Italian.

Japanese

  • This 25-lesson series focuses on Japanese grammar. You’ll follow the daily life of employees at Style You, a fashion counseling company in Japan. You will learn basic Japanese grammar and vocabulary used for introductions, asking for prices, telling the time, and more! Along the way, our hosts will introduce you to Japanese cultural tips and insight you won’t find in a textbook.

Korean

  • Mi Sun and Keith host this Absolute Beginner series, which teaches you important Korean set phrases like how to express desire, refuse requests, and more. Along the way, you’ll learn Korean cultural tips and insight that you won’t find in a textbook.

Norwegian

  • If you are completely new to Norwegian, start here! In this series, Filip and Yura will walk you through the absolute beginner basics of the Norwegian language. You’ll learn how to greet people, introduce yourself, apologize, ask for permission, and more! Learn Norwegian through simple patterns – if you aren’t looking for detailed grammar explanations and want to start speaking right away, this series is for you.

Persian

  • If you are completely new to Persian, start here! In this series, Mohammad and Brandon will walk you through the absolute beginner basics of the Persian language. You’ll learn how to greet people, introduce yourself, apologize, ask for permission, and more! And as with all of our lessons, you’ll learn useful Iranian cultural tips that you won’t find in a textbook.

Portuguese

  • In this series geared toward the absolute beginner, you will learn how to greet people, ask questions, talk about the present, past, and future, count, and much more. You’ll hear Portuguese spoken in many different situations, which means you will pick up a wide variety of Portuguese phrases.

Spanish

  • Carlos and Natalia will guide you through this 25-lesson Absolute Beginner series.  You’ll learn negative expressions, asking about prices, cardinal numbers, and more! You’ll also hear about Latin American culture and society as our hosts broadcast from Costa Rica!

Swahili

  • If you are completely new to Swahili, start here! In this series, Medina and Brandon will walk you through the absolute beginner basics of the Swahili language. You’ll learn how to greet people, introduce yourself, apologize, ask for permission, order food at restaurants and more! And as with all of our lessons, you’ll learn useful Kenyan cultural tips that you won’t find in a textbook.

Turkish

  • If you are completely new to Turkish, start here! In this series, Gabriella and Feyza will walk you through the absolute beginner basics of the Turkish language. You’ll learn how to greet people, introduce yourself, apologize, ask for permission, and more! And as with all of our lessons, you’ll learn useful Turkish cultural tips that you won’t find in a text book.

Vietnamese

  • If you are completely new to Vietnamese, start here! In this series, Becky and Huyen will walk you through the absolute beginner basics of the Vietnamese language. You’ll learn how to greet people, introduce yourself, apologize, ask for permission, and more! And as with all of our lessons, you’ll learn useful Vietnamese cultural tips that you won’t find in a text book.