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(This page is a work in progress.)

One of the hardest things about being abroad is the issue of language. Even in English-speaking countries slang and dialect can be challenging and if you’ve not grown up with a language, it can be downright daunting to be suddenly thrust into one. In this page we’ll provide links to translators, language-learning resources (focusing on free when possible), and other tips when it comes to language.

There are country and language-specific resources on our country pages.

Guides to Learning Languages

Free Language Materials

Foreign Service Institute/Defense Language Institute/and United States Peace Corps

It’s only fair that you should be able to use US government resources to learn the language of the country you’re in. Check out for many resources in lots of languages. I’ve found many of these to be outdated and dry, but in a pinch they’ll get the job done. They will also be linked in the alphabetical list below.


Specific Languages

Please click the letter below to see a list of languages which start with that letter. If you don’t know which languages you are wanting to know more about, perhaps go to the country page and it will tell you the languages spoken there.


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