Audacity (free, open source software for recording and editing sounds) “Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages.”
Audioforum “While other premium computer-based language courses only provide the means to learn to speak, with Audio-Forum®, you’ll not only speak fluently, you’ll also master reading, writing, and grammar skills at a scholarly level-all with the confidence and polish of a native speaker. Unlike audio-only programs, Audio-Forum Titles with books stand out as they offer the opportunity to study reading and writing in addition to listening and speaking. Easily take notes, reference lessons, review grammar and more, all while listening to the language audio. You’ll find that your overall comprehension and understanding of the language as a whole will be greatly enhanced. If you really want to know the language inside out; speak, sound and listen like a native; read, write and converse like a scholar; and learn everyday words and phrases; then Audio-Forum Audio/Book language courses are the way to go. After all, diplomats have proven for years that this method works! ”
Babbel “Founded in 2007, Babbel is the world’s first language learning app. A leader in the online language learning industry, Babbel is an international success with more than 1 million active subscribers and ranked as the world’s #1 innovative company in education. Our meticulously designed courses guarantee you language skills you can use right away. Babbel is the shortest path to real-life conversations; 73% of our users indicated that they’d be able to have a short, simple conversation in their new language within five hours of using Babbel.”
Byki Language-Learning Software “Byki language-learning software is a powerful and personalized language-learning system, designed to advance your new language proficiency by expanding your vocabulary reservoir. In addition to being presented in an engaging flash card interface, the system also tracks everything you learn, automatically presenting the appropriate material at just the right intervals – ensuring that the material you’ve covered is successfully locked into your memory.”
Living Language “Living Language has been a proven and effective language learning instruction for over 65 years. Using techniques originally developed for the U.S. State Department, the Living Language Method™ follows a four point approach from building a foundation of essential words and phrases, advancing to full sentences and conversations, practicing with recall exercises aimed at both short and long term memory and developing practical language skills to equip the learner in any situation.”
Pimsleur “Dr. Pimsleur’s Method® has been trusted for 50 Years by U.S. government agencies, diplomats, corporations, and anyone who wants or needs to learn to speak a language quickly and effectively. Everything about the Pimsleur Method has improved with age, making it the most reliable way to learn a language.”
Rocket Languages “Rocket Languages is a recognized leader in online language learning, having further developed and refined the products to keep pace with customer, e-learning, and technological advances. In fact, the Rocket Languages system has been so successful that there are now over 1,200,000 registered users of Rocket Languages products.”
Rosetta Stone (Basic +) “Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company’s innovative, technology-driven language, literacy and brain-fitness solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organisations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 24 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Irish, Swedish and Tagalog).”
Speed Learning Languages (Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Mandarin only)
Transparent Language (“Intermediate”/Stage 2) “We develop innovative technology and methods to enable faster and more reliable language learning for professionals in organizations with critical language requirements, and for anyone else intent on becoming more proficient in another language. We provide instructors with unique tools and improve language program management with comprehensive reporting. We don’t just offer our own courses—our technology is designed to strengthen and leverage every course and curriculum. We care about every language, not just those where there is money to be made. We put our money into transformative technology and resources, instead of advertising, and concentrate on providing the most enticing, fun, and flexible language products possible.”
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