Learning a new language can provide life changing opportunities and enjoyment. There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language whatever your nationality, to improve employment potential, intellectual curiosity, make travel more enjoyable, sharpen cognitive and life skills, make lifelong friends, and many more. While it is widely acknowledged that it is easier to begin learning a second language at a tender age, starting a new language at any age is eminently worthwhile.
There are a good selection of traditional materials and tools available to assist with language studies, such as language courses, grammar books, dictionaries, phrasebooks, and electronic translators. However, there are real benefits in using modern technology to quicken the pace of learning. Online lessons and computer software are two popular ways of immersing yourself in learning a foreign language. They are the best alternative to actually staying in a country where the language is spoken by the general population.
There is an extensive amount of open source computer software to help individuals learn a foreign language. We have identified the best of breed open source Linux software to make language acquisition fun, enjoyable, and a stimulating way of learning. These applications offer the opportunity to radically improve your life.
Click the links in the table below to learn all about each tool.
|Foreign Language Tools
|Japanese vocabulary and kanji dictionary
|Extensible flashcard learning program
|Learning with Texts
|Read and listen, save and test words in context
|A modern language-learning platform
|Foreign Language Text Reader
|Step into Chinese
|Language-mining tool to help English speakers understand Chinese
|Vocabulary trainer for KDE 5
|Learn words in a foreign language
|Pronunciation trainer - The KDE Education Project
|Front-end for the French computing dictionary Jargon Informatique
|French and Italian conjugator
|Language learning application based on LibreLingo
|Train your oral skills in foreign languages
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