Self Study Tools

Name Description Review
Skype and The Mixxer Students interested in creating informal language exchanges (English and Spanish, English and French, etc.) should create an account on the Mixxer and look for a language partner, which can be done for free.  If you have questions on how to use these tools, please ask a CILC staff member for help.
Mango Languages You can get a free subscription through the Oberlin Public Library. Online language learning program to learn all the common languages but also Farsi, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Hindi, Mandarin, and Japanese. A little basic but offers listening exercises and culture activities. Read Staff Member's Review
The Pronunciator It teaches 80 different languages from the point of view of 50 different languages. The site also offers phrase and grammar tips, pronunciation and pitch lessons, and interactive experiences that really help the language learner.  Read Staff Member's Review
Busuu Free for basic usage. Offers Turkish, Polish, and languages offered at Oberlin. There are vocabulary, reading, and writing activities, as well as exams to help test what you know.  Read Staff Member's Review
Duo Lingo DuoLingo operates by finding text on the internet in your target language and making exercises out of it for you to learn the grammar and vocabulary. Read Staff Member's Review
BBC Languages There are still plenty of useful resources such as video recordings you can watch, downloadable transcripts that enable you to follow along, and mp3 audio that helps with pronunciation (and it’s all free!). Read Staff Member's Review
Babbel Only the first lesson is free, but great website. Offers Swedish, Norwegian, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Indonesian, and Danish. Accessible from the iPhone. Very comprehensive and has many culture sections. Includes unusual sections such as on idioms and false friends. Seems comparable to Duo Lingo. Read Staff Member's Review
iTalki  (coming soon!)
Skritter  (coming soon!)
Midori You can use Midori like a dictionary for both English to Japanese and the other way around (with 3 input systems no less: via hiragana / katakana, via handwritten character, or via radical). Read Staff Member's Review
Radio Ambulante Radio Ambulante is a Latin American podcast website comparable to the style of “This American Life”. The podcasts range in length and content but are always incredibly compelling. Read Staff Member's Review
Rosetta Stone (coming soon!)
Verbling This is a language learning tool based on online video. Read Staff Member's Review

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