Even as the days grow longer and spring is in the air, we are spending more time at home because of the current coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic.
In addition to working from home and watching endless movies and TV shows, we can also try to make the best of the situation and to learn a new skill, and what skill is more useful in the globalized and interconnected world than knowledge of other languages and cultures?
Although the closures of libraries and bookstores may have taken us by surprise, leaving us without an array of language learning books and CDs at home, there are many resources available online to help both the beginner, as well as the more advanced learner interested in improving their skills.
Even for the majority of us, for whom cost is a factor, the good news is that many of these resources are free! Some are entirely free, others are partially free, but charge for additional functionalities, and still others are temporarily free until further notice during the global health crisis. Your public or academic library may also subscribe to online language learning services, ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video/movies online that are free for members of their community.
The following are just a few of the many available (in alphabetical order) —
9 Places to Learn a New Language Online for Free — https://www.inc.com/larry-kim/9-places-to-learn-a-new-language-online-for-fre.html
The 10 Best French Movies on Netflix for French Learners — https://www.fluentu.com/blog/french/best-french-movies-on-netflix/
10 Netflix shows to learn French with — https://www.ef.com/wwen/blog/language/10-netflix-shows-learn-french/
49 Free Language Learning Websites That Are Almost Too Good to Be True — https://www.fluentu.com/blog/free-language-learning-websites/
The Best Feel Good Films about France — https://www.thegoodlifefrance.com/the-best-feel-good-films-about-france/
Compilation de Ressources Gratuites en Français / Best-Off Free Online Resources in French — https://newyorkinfrench.net/profiles/blogs/compilation-de-ressources-en-francais-gratuites
Confinement: 10 French Films and Series to Watch on Netflix — https://france-amerique.com/en/confinement-10-french-films-series-to-watch-on-netflix/
Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish — https://www.learner.org/series/destinos-an-introduction-to-spanish/
Duolingo — https://www.duolingo.com/
Elementary Spanish I — Open & Free — https://oli.cmu.edu/courses/spanish-i-open-free/
Extra French (Extra series available in 4 languages) — Extra French episode 1 –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaNqp4FXh-s
Family-Friendly French Movies to Watch Online — http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/11273-family-friendly-french-movies-watch-online
Fluent in 3 Months — https://www.fluentin3months.com/
Français intensif — https://www.laits.utexas.edu/fi/
French in Action — https://www.learner.org/series/french-in-action/
French TV Shows for Preschoolers Available Online — http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/11706-french-tv-shows-preschoolers
Immerse Yourself in French Culture at Home — http://frenchculture.org/books-and-ideas/11279-immerse-yourself-french-culture
Le Journal en français facile — https://savoirs.rfi.fr/fr/apprendre-enseigner/langue-francaise/journal-en-francais-facile
Lawless French — https://www.lawlessfrench.com/
Learn French from Home — http://frenchlanguagek12.org/11274-learn-french-home
Open Culture — http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons
OpenLearn — https://www.open.edu/openlearn/languages/free-courses
The Top 10 Easy to Understand French Movies – https://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/french-culture/top-10-easy-to-understand-french-movies/
TV5Monde: Apprendre le français — https://apprendre.tv5monde.com/en
Read more on language learning @ home —
Researching la France/en français @ home? Tips to up your scholarly game —https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/researching-la-france-en-francais-home-tips-to-up-your-scholarly-game/
The @ home language learner’s tool kit — https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/the-home-language-learners-tool-kit/
Visiting the world while we’re @ home — Why we learn other languages — It’s all about the people! https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/visit-the-world-while-were-home-why-we-learn-other-languages-its-all-about-the-people/
Why we should learn another language while we’re spending more time @ home https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/why-we-should-learn-another-language-while-we-are-spending-more-time-home/
Languages do matter!