Summary: The Language Transfer’s courses approach language learning with what has been coined as “The Thinking Method’. These audio courses serve as a great introduction to the nine languages currently available. They go into lots of depth on how each language works, teaching you all of the main grammar points and giving you the tools needed to learn independently and intuitively. For beginners looking to learn a language, these free courses are an effective and efficient way to start your journey.
Quality Might look a bit basic but the content is very well designed.
Thoroughness The courses don’t follow the traditional learning path but have a lot of depth.
Value It’s completely free and better than most paid resources.
I Like Lessons are efficient in that they cover a lot of material in a short amount of time.
The lessons teach you a mix of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation each time and so you really come away understanding how the language is formed.
Mihalis (the founder) presents everything in a very calm and relaxed manner, thoroughly explaining everything as he goes while encouraging the student who answers his questions.
For each language, the course is created independently and follows its own learning path.
I Don’t Like While the content is very good quality, it could maybe do with varying the presentation a bit as there are no exercises, quizzes or work for you to produce.
The lessons kind of progress in a strange manner as you don’t follow a traditional language learning route, such as starting off with greetings, etc.
You won’t hear any native speakers on most of the courses and you don’t ever actually hear a conversation.
Price: Completely free, but if you find the courses to be useful, consider making a donation.
Summary: Talk in Arabic is a random collection of lessons rather than a course. The main positive point is that it covers a wide range of Arabic dialects. Unfortunately, it does so very thinly, with many dialects lacking a significant number of lessons. To make matters worse, many of the lessons are quite bad, simply being a few phrases read out loud. The poor quality and lack of cohesion between the lessons makes it impossible to be anything more than a quick peek at some different dialects. Anyone seriously interested in learning Arabic should look elsewhere.
Some lessons are good but too many are really poorly made.
Far too many gaps in the content and many dialects have very few lessons available.
You’d probably be better off finding free lessons for different dialects on Youtube.
It’s great that they attempt to cover so many different dialects of Arabic.
Native Arabic speakers teach all of the lessons and as such it is a very authentic resource.
Some of the lessons look at scenarios that arise in the country of the dialect you’re learning and it is therefore quite useful seeing the cultural context.
I Don’t Like
Some of the dialects had very few lessons available, and those lessons were often short, disconnected, and poor quality.
Learners could never advance from beginner to intermediate using Talk in Arabic as a main resource.
A lot of the content is not well thought out or doesn’t cover the topic in much depth with some ‘lessons’ really being only a phrases that are read out.
Not worth the cost.
Price: Talk in Arabic costs $15 per month, $126 per year or $197 for a lifetime subscription. All of these get you access to all of the content available on the platform.
Alternatives: Although I don’t love Rocket Arabic, it’d be a better choice for those looking for an Arabic course focused on the Egyptian dialect. A resource that I do like, ArabicPod101 is quite good and focuses primarily on Modern Standard Arabic.
Summary: ArabicPod101 has loads of audio and video lessons that cater to students learning their first few words in Arabic right up to advanced learners. Covering a wide range of subjects, the lessons explore anything from Arab culture and particular grammar points to specific scenarios and essential vocabulary.
The lessons progress in difficulty and are perfect for beginner and intermediate learners although not much focus is placed on learning how to speak and write. While the lessons are generally very good, learners need to pay attention as some of them are in Modern Standard Arabic while others are in the Egyptian and Moroccan dialects.
Quality The presenters very clearly explain the grammar, vocabulary and cultural context while still making the lessons entertaining.
Thoroughness The content covers a wide range of topics at varying degrees of difficulty.
Value The Basic plan is great value but the other plans might not offer enough to justify the higher prices.
I Like The lessons clearly progress in terms of difficulty and less English is used as you move up levels.
Good chemistry between the hosts makes the lessons more enjoyable.
There are a lot of lessons and they’re well thought out.
The Basic plan is very affordable.
I Don’t Like While the lessons mostly focus on Modern Standard Arabic, it is strange and confusing to find the Egyptian and Moroccan dialects sometimes thrown in.
There is not much focus placed on speaking and writing.
I found it quite confusing to navigate the dashboard.
Price: There are three subscription plans with varying lengths between 1-month and 2-years. The longer the length, the lower the monthly cost becomes.
Basic plan – Costs $8/mo if you sign up for one month or $4/mo if you sign up for two years. Premium plan – Costs $25/mo if you sign up for one month or $10/mo if you sign up for two years. Premium Plus plan – Costs $47/mo if you sign up for one month, or $22.88/mo if you sign up for two years.
Use the promo code “ALLLANGUAGERESOURCES” to save 25% on a subscription to ArabicPod101.
Summary: Rocket Arabic has over 120 hours of audio and reading lessons which are aimed at helping beginners to learn Egyptian Arabic. While the lessons offer up numerous opportunities for users to improve their reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills, the content is severely lacking and is not very well thought out.
Unsuitable for intermediate and advanced learners, beginners will definitely learn some Arabic although they would have to use the resource alongside a couple of others to really make any headway.
Quality While the platform looks great and is easy to use, the actual content of the lessons isn’t very good.
Thoroughness The lessons could cover a lot more grammar and use more Arabic, although the cultural explanations are quite good.
Value The content doesn’t warrant the price as you’d have to use other language learning resources alongside it.
I Like… Michael’s teaching philosophy will not only help you improve your German, but also your approach to language learning.
The learning cycle will help you practice reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar.
Learning through the help of a story.
The songs interspersed in the lessons provide a nice change of pace and sound great.
It’s a challenging course, even if you’ve already studied some German.
I Don’t Like The audio lessons are uninspiring to listen to, don’t cover all that much content and are mainly in English.
The extra features are all very similar, quite repetitive and are unlikely to get you speaking and writing Arabic to a very high level.
It’s too expensive for what’s included.
Price: It’s a one-time purchase that costs $149.95. You can also use their six-month payment plan which costs $27/mo. There do seem to be regular sales which lower the price to under $100.
Summary: One of the most famous language learning resources out there, the Rosetta Stone method relies on immersive teaching so students will only find the material in the language they’re learning. Starting off with the basics, the units get progressively harder and cover a large range of topics. Suitable for beginner and intermediate students, it is more expensive than competitors and the exercises get very repetitive after a while. While it isn’t a bad resource, you can definitely find something better.
Very easy to use and navigate, the content is well presented but the similar format becomes deadly boring after a while.
While a lot of material is covered, you have to infer everything from the pictures that you are given. As such, there are no explanations at all.
It’s not as good and more expensive than other resources.
It’s easy to use and navigate – the content is very clearly laid out.
The extra features in the ‘Extended Learning’ pack make the material a bit more interesting to engage with.
While it is not particularly fun to use overall, I do believe that learners would improve their language skills using Rosetta Stone.
I Don’t Like…
The main units are very repetitive and I think I would find it demoralising after a while if I kept using it.
It doesn’t explore the cultural context of the language at all.
There are no explanations about any of the content and so you have to infer the meaning of everything through pictures.
It’s too expensive.
Price: The price varies by subscription length:
$79 for 3 months $119 for 6 months $179 for 12 months $249 for 24 months