- Live Lingua – Free resources (some dated but still useful) plus paid-for Skype lessons.
- Duolingua – Language-learning platform and app.
- (German) Deutsche Welle – Deutsch Lernen. All skills, all levels. Includes news videos, slowed down.
- (German) BBC Languages – German. No longer updated, but many resources here.
- (German) Arte.tv Mediathek. Not a language course, but great for videos/clips/news summaries in German.
- (German) Das Erste Mediathek. As above, not a language course but has good resources for teachers and learners.
- (German) Open University course: Regionen, Traditionen und Geschichte.
- (Arabic) Al Jazeera – learn Arabic portal. Excellent resources despite the clunky website.
- (Arabic) Live Lingua – Arabic. Very dated.
- (English & specialised) Free courses from the Open University. Most are not specifically aimed at language learning, rather at specific skills. Great resource, particularly for specialities. E.g. this course on writing reports.
- (English – media) Learno-net – free & paid media courses for budding journalists – from the European Journalism Centre.
- German Language School Berlin. Offers individual online classes for €50 per hour. Also offers a free online German placement test.
- Lingoda. Online language classes for German, French, Spanish and English.
- Babbel. E-learning only (no live classes?), paid subscription.
- Verbling.com. Browse tutors (and their prices/bio) and have lessons via Skype.
Websites & apps
- Twiddla – a “free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas”.
- Simple Mind – mind map creation software, good for brainstorming topics.
- Bab.la email phrases – tons of phrases for emails and other business topics, along with guidelines about how formal/informal they are.
- Quizlet: Input your own new words and definitions in sets, then do mix-match exercises to practise. Super useful for storing and learning one-off vocab in spare moments. It even gets most Arabic pronunciation right.
- TED talks: videos on particular subjects.
- Podcasts: The BBC podcasts are all brilliant. So are the Guardian Long Reads.
- Newsmart – articles and videos from the Wall Street Journal, focused on business English, with exercises.
- Flipboard – personalized magazine, pulls out interesting news according to your interests.
- Macmillan pronunciation app. Tap to hear a phoneme, press down on the symbol to hear a word which contains that sound.