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Author name: Michelle

Michelle is a language nerd who has formally studied seven languages and informally dabbled in several others. In addition to geeking out over slender vowels, interrogative particles and phonemes, Michelle is a freelance content writer and education blogger. Find out more at StellaWriting.com.

Comme une Française Mini-Review: Understanding French Culture

Comme une Française’s YouTube Channel

Rating 4.2

Freemium, Courses cost between 49€ – 149€


The Comme une Française YouTube channel helps non-native speakers at a lower-intermediate level understand the subtleties of the living language. It’s run by Géraldine LePère, who lives in Grenoble, France. Géraldine’s engaging videos explain how French people really speak day-to-day, as opposed to textbook French. Some videos discuss pronunciation and real-life grammar; others touch on cultural topics, such as how to order coffee or make a toast like a French person. You can find written transcripts for the videos, as well as links to related material, free of charge on the Comme une Française blog. One potential issue with the Comme une Française videos, especially for more experienced French speakers, might be the high ratio of English to French. Intermediate learners seeking videos completely in French for learning about Francophone life might enjoy InnerFrench (for Metropolitan French) or Wandering French (for French with a Québécois accent). In addition to Comme une Française’s YouTube channel, Géraldine offers several premium plans, which we have not yet tried. These premium plans focus on different aspects of learning the language, such as speaking, conjugation, and “insider French.”

lernu!: A Natural Choice for Learning a Synthetic Language


Rating 4.3



lernu! is a free, multifaceted online resource for learning the synthetic language Esperanto. In addition to a series of story-driven lessons that test and reinforce your learning with a variety of interactive exercises, there’s a multimedia library with stories and music for Esperanto learners at different levels. Human narration is used throughout to teach you Esperanto pronunciation. The language’s grammar and pronunciation are explained succinctly, with expanded notes for those who wish to dig deeper. There’s also a social aspect, with an active forum and the chance to befriend other learners online. The only thing that seems to be missing is a speaking component.

One-stop guide to learning punjabi

Your One-Stop Guide to Learning Punjabi

Where the rivers Ravi, Chenab, Sutlej, Jhelum, and Beas run in the north of the Indian subcontinent, the lilting tones of the Punjabi language flow like melodies weaving through the centuries.

Perhaps you’ve heard the call from the Punjab, the “Land of the Five Rivers,” to learn to speak this ancient tongue. Maybe you’re traveling to the Punjab, doing business there, or just wanting to speak with family and friends around the world in their native language.

Whatever your motivation for learning Punjabi, we’ll explore many resources that you can use to study and master it.

First, let’s discover more about the history and characteristics of this unique Indo-European language.

tips and resources for learning filipino

Pinoy Playbook: Tips and Resources for Learning Filipino

If you’ve ever visited the boondocks or feared getting cooties, you’ve used words of Filipino origin.

“Boondock” derives from the Tagalog word bundok (mountain), and “cooties” comes from kuto, a Tagalog word meaning “lice.”

Admittedly, English hasn’t gotten a lot of loanwords from Filipino.

The reverse, however, is not true. Filipino has absorbed a significant percentage of its vocabulary from English — a fact that will be an enormous help to you as a learner of Filipino.

Learning Bengali - From Bangla Beginner to Advanced Learner

Learning Bengali: From Bangla Beginner to Advanced Learner

Pop quiz: What are the ten most spoken languages in the world?

If you had to name them—without Googling, consulting the Oracle at Wikipedia, or conferring with Siri—what would be on your list?

Chinese, definitely. English, almost certainly. You might think Arabic or Hindi. Spanish would probably be high on the list.

You’d be right on all counts.

But you’d be forgetting the language of over 228 million people: Bengali.

Learning Armenian: Passport to an Ancient and Vibrant Culture

Are you reconnecting with Armenian roots? Preparing for a journey back to your long-ago homeland?

Do you want to visit ancient ruins at Garni, see stunning vistas at monastic sites such as Tatev and Geghard, or savor the lights and sights of Yerevan? Or do you simply want to form stronger friendships in the global Armenian community?

No matter what your motivation, learning the Armenian language can be your passport to the richness of Armenian culture, connecting you with speakers in Armenia and across the world.