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28 Carefully Curated YouTube Channels for Learning French

Though French is a popular second language, it can be difficult to find high-quality YouTube videos appropriate to your level. We hope to solve that problem with this carefully curated list of our 28 favourite YouTube channels.

Whether you’re a beginner or almost fluent, we’re sure you’ll find something here to enrich your French studies.

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35 Best Podcasts to Improve Your Spanish at Any Level

Podcasts are an excellent resource for language learning. Not only can they improve your listening comprehension, but you can also use them to practice speaking. Shadowing and the interview method are just two of the many self-study activities you can pair with podcasts to enrich your experience.

You can also enjoy learning two things at once, such as Latin American History or the inner workings of your own mind — all while increasing your Spanish vocabulary.

But, as we know, anyone can publish a podcast. So how do you know which ones are both enjoyable and level-appropriate?

That’s where we come in. Below are our top 35 recommendations for Spanish podcasts, organized by level for your listening enjoyment. Choose one or many to accompany you on your Spanish learning journey.

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Level-Up Your Spanish With 31 Great YouTube Channels

Anyone who has searched “Learn Spanish” on YouTube knows that the list of videos is endless. Some channels have produced two or three videos, others seem to film a new one every day. But which ones should you use to take your Spanish to the next level?

Below are 31 of our favourite YouTube channels for any level. Whether you’re a beginner or almost fluent, we’re sure you’ll find something that will enrich your Spanish studies — all from the comfort of your own digital device.

 

All Levels

Easy Spanish

With Easy Spanish, you can immerse yourself in local Spanish from Latin America, Mexico, and Spain.

Beginner to advanced learners will strike gold with the street interviews. In these high-quality videos, of which there are already more than 200, the interviewer asks questions to random people on the street. With Spanish and English subtitles by your side, the interviews will surely improve your ability to understand real-world Spanish.

Easy Spanish also covers basic grammar, culture, slang, travel vlogs, and crossover episodes with the other Easy Languages channels.

Spanishland School

Spanishland School is an excellent resource for upper-beginner and intermediate learners to grasp the ins and outs of the Spanish language.

In this series, Andrea (from Columbia), does an excellent job of describing nuances between Spanish and English, and within the Spanish language itself. What are five of the many ways to use the word faltar? Which important idiomatic expressions use the word por? And what are the nine mistakes that English speakers always make when speaking Spanish?

With Spanishland School, you’ll find the answers to these questions, plus challenges, grammar explanations, and listening comprehension exercises. If you want more from Andrea, you can tune into her podcasts or become a Parcero member.

Tio Spanish

You’ve been watching videos with expressive Spanish teachers who use props and gestures to get their meaning across, but now you want something a little different. Why not try learning from a finger with two eyes and a mustache?

Tio Spanish delivers just that. Its Spanish-only videos are surprisingly creative and entertaining. With the help of other finger characters, this channel teaches vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, conversation, and culture for all levels.

The videos provide an excellent review or introduction to different topics, usually in under five minutes. The mustache-finger character also gives you dictations and other exercises for your learning enjoyment.

Dreaming Spanish

Whether you’re a total beginner or have been studying for years, Pablo and his team are ready to immerse you in Spanish.

Dreaming Spanish produces comprehensible input videos for every level. The theory is that through listening, you will be able to naturally develop vocabulary, grammar, speaking abilities, and comprehension. In the beginner videos, Pablo uses gestures, drawings, and objects to help you follow along. As you advance, you will watch interviews, tour around different countries, or tag along for a bike ride. The best videos are led by Pablo, but you can check out other presenters to hear a variety of accents.

If you go to the Dreaming Spanish website, you can sort videos by dialect, presenter, and topic. The website also keeps track of how many minutes you have cumulatively watched.

Spanish Around

You may have been sad when Juan left Easy Spanish to focus on his own projects, but here he is again! Juan, Fer, and Baruch, the original Easy Spanish production team, now produce high-quality videos for all levels on their channel, Spanish Around.

They typically produce several videos per month with subtitles in both Spanish and English. You’ll learn colloquialisms, slang, filler words, and tips to improve your Spanish. You’ll also be able to familiarize yourself with a variety of Spanish accents through their street interviews.

Support them on Pateron to get PDF vocabulary lists, worksheets, and transcripts.

Maria Español

Unlike many YouTubers who use gestures, skits, and images to provide comprehensible input to Spanish learners, Maria uses more oral explanations and text. But, her explanations are clear and varied, so it’s still a good resource to get more information about various grammar concepts.

She has over 350 videos with interviews, listening comprehension exercises, vocabulary quizzes, grammar explanations, and notes on colloquial Spanish.

Her most recent videos were filmed specifically for her YouTube audience. The earlier ones, however, are hour-long recordings of online classes that cover a specific topic — from levels A1 to C1. You may enjoy following along with real students as they interact with Maria’s lessons.

 

Beginner

Spanish Playground

Spanish Playground is constantly producing short videos for beginners to improve their Spanish. Even though everything is 100% in Spanish, the presenters make sure to speak slowly, using objects and gestures to help you understand them.

You’ll experience the Spanish language through conversations, games, skits, and listening exercises. They also have videos for kids, and a 4-season series, Buena Gente, for beginners. Most of the episodes have Spanish subtitles that you can add to help you follow along.

Their website has free comprehension questions for Buena Gente, plus tons of other material for learning Spanish (though mostly for kids).

Spanish and Go

Spanish and Go teaches practical travel Spanish that you won’t find in your textbook. In many of these videos, Jim (from the USA) and May (from Mexico) tour you around Spanish-speaking countries. With them as your guides, you can experience real-life interactions before you encounter them on your travels.

After each interaction, they break down each line of dialogue to translate or explain how you can start using the language on your own. Some videos take place with locals at a store, hotel, or restaurant, while others are short skits in random locations.

When you’re not exploring different cities, you will learn travel tips and expressions that will help you blend in. This channel uses a lot of English and is mostly for beginners — intermediate learners can tune into their Podcast, which is entirely in Spanish.

Butterfly Spanish

Ana from Butterfly Spanish is a linguist and a native Spanish speaker. She uses a whiteboard and her wealth of knowledge to teach Spanish vocabulary, pronunciation, expressions, and grammar. Her dynamic personality inspires learning, even when dealing with lists of verb conjugations.

Beginner and intermediate learners need not feel intimidated by the wall of writing that usually starts each video. Ana uses English to ensure that you fully understand each topic, providing lots of examples and extra enthusiasm for the tricky bits.

Spring Spanish

Spring Spanish publishes five videos each week to help beginners learn Spanish without memorizing grammar rules or word lists. To do this, each video uses Lukas Van Vyve’s method of Conversation Based Chunking, which trains you to develop fluid speech using four steps: first, listen to native speakers; second, identify speech patterns (chunks); third, memorize these patterns; and lastly, use these patterns aloud.

You’re not completely off the hook for verb conjugation tables and grammar explanations in these videos, but the point isn’t to memorize them. Your goal is to practice speaking aloud with the sentences that are highlighted on the screen and start making connections with the sentence patterns.

The co-founder of Spring Spanish also offers free Spanish training to practice the Conversation Based Chunking method. You can also watch this video to get a better idea of how to use the method with movies.

SpanishPod101

Spanishpod 101 may send a lot of spammy emails, and they may be heavy into advertising, but they also provide a ton of free videos to improve your Spanish learning journey. Many of them teach the language itself, others give you cultural information, and the rest provide tips to improve your language learning process.

Though there are several listening exercises for intermediate and advanced learners, beginners will probably get the most out of this channel. But, like in their paid podcast, you will have to sort through the playlists to find videos and themes that work best for you.

If you’d like to learn more about SpanishPod101, you can read our full review here.

Spanish After Hours

Watching Spanish After Hours is like having a fun conversation with a Spanish friend. From day one, Laura has produced impressively dynamic videos to teach Spanish. Her channel is a combination of comprehensible input, language learning tips, and explanations about the language. The videos are currently for beginner and intermediate learners, and most of them are entirely in Spanish.

Laura intersperses her enthusiasm with good-natured sarcasm. She will teach you how to make a brownie in a cup, train your listening comprehension with stories, and answer your questions about the Spanish language. There’s even a video that shows you how she and her friends interact during a game of Among Us.

Español con María

Español con María, not to be confused with María Español, produces a mixture of vlogs and Spanish lessons for beginners and intermediate learners. In her beginner videos, you can listen to her translations between both Spanish and English. This may benefit learners who want to start listening to lots of Spanish right away, but don’t have the foundation to understand full sentences.

María teaches pronunciation, customs in Latino culture, vocabulary, and grammar. If you’re more in the mood for exploring Colombia or other countries, you can listen to her vlogs where she narrates her travels in clear and easy Spanish.

The videos seem a little more disorganized than in other channels we recommend, but she still provides a lot of helpful information. She also provides courses for listening, speaking, and pronunciation on her website.

Practiquemos

It may not seem apparent at first, but Cata gets quite creative with her explanations on this channel. The videos are entirely in Spanish with Spanish subtitles, but she dresses up, acts out different scenes, and uses gestures and facial expressions to communicate with her audience.

Beginners and lower-intermediate students will probably have some “aha!” moments with Cata’s fresh perspective on a variety of grammar topics. Her authenticity and passion for teaching Spanish make up for the sometimes slightly out-of-date graphics. But, it’s not clear if she plans to continue producing videos.

 

Intermediate

Espanol Con Juan

There are very few things that Juan can’t offer to improve your Spanish. Really, he does it all: he writes graded readers, produces online courses, records podcasts with free transcripts, and has his own YouTube channel. What’s more? It’s almost all free.

Juan uses his experience as a former Spanish professor at the University College London to help you advance your Spanish. From levels A1 to B2, he immerses you in the Spanish language with personal anecdotes, interviews, stories, and of course, grammar. With his gestures, props, and animated personality, Juan will surely take your learning to the next level.

You can also check out his free course for learners transitioning from A2 to B1, or all of the previously mentioned resources that he so expertly provides.

Spanishpodcast.net

SpanishPodcast.net makes both of our lists for the best YouTube and Podcast channels to learn Spanish. Their 10-15 minute Spanish-only videos provide lots of examples of how to use different grammar concepts and vocabulary words in context. Alex, your host, calmly and clearly teaches idioms, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. You can also enjoy listening to Alex’s stories and tips to improve your Spanish.

The videos are simple, but they highlight key concepts with images or words. Alex often breaks down each video into separate topics, so you can skip around to find what interests you. Upper beginner students might want to turn on the Spanish subtitles to follow along or find the full, free transcripts on spanishpodcast.net

Spanish Like a Pro!

Spanish Like a Pro! proves that something can feel both retro and modern at the same time. Julio Foppoli, a Spanish teacher from Argentina, started this channel to provide both fun and practical material for Spanish learners. This is probably the quirkiest of our suggestions: instead of watching Julio’s face, you’ll watch hand puppets acting out entertaining — and sometimes absurd — scenes.

His videos include in-depth listening comprehension exercises with mini-dialogues. He also simplifies complex topics and relates current events with interactive activities. The videos for beginners don’t seem as enjoyable as in other channels we have suggested, but intermediate learners will surely enjoy the content that Julio has to offer.

Why Not Spanish?

María, a Spanish teacher from Colombia, doesn’t just teach grammar and vocabulary; she will also keep you up to date with pop-culture through memes and songs, and introduce you to several Spanish-speaking friends. You may choose to refine your comprehension and recall through a variety of quizzes, games, dictations, and other exercises, or just enjoy one of María’s casual vlogs.

Although most of the recent episodes are Spanish-only, beginners can enjoy the mixture of English and Spanish in the earlier episodes (or check out María’s courses).

Spanishbylourdes

Lourdes’ contagious smile and enthusiasm will get you motivated to learn Spanish — and brighten your day. Her explanations may not be as comprehensive as in other channels, but she is a great resource for you to review important concepts.

Her intermediate videos cover pronunciation, vocabulary, common expressions, and grammar. She also has lots of videos intended to train your listening comprehension.

But really, you won’t find many channels that are as consistently energetic as in Spanishbylourdes!

 

Intermediate/Advanced

Spanish with Vincente

Spanish with Vincente features none other than Vincente: an experienced Spanish teacher, YouTube personality, and DELE examiner at the Instituto Cervantes. He uses his deep understanding of the Spanish language to help you gain insight into nuances and expressions in the Spanish language.

Instead of simple lectures for common grammar points, Vincente provides numerous examples of grammar and vocabulary being used in everyday situations. He uses skits, gestures, and objects to make his explanations clearer, and gets creative with on-screen text to highlight important concepts.

This is an excellent channel for intermediate learners to expand their understanding of Spanish. If you want more from Vincente, check out his Academia de Español Online. It includes courses, activities, podcasts, PDF transcripts, and exercises.

Curiosamente

Curiosamente is actually an animated science and culture channel for native speakers. But, the engaging animations and information make it an excellent resource for practicing listening comprehension and expanding your vocabulary.

If you’re someone who is curious about physics, philosophy, history, technology — or anything really — this is the channel for you. It publishes new episodes every Sunday, and there are already well over 300 videos to choose from. Though some of the titles are in English, all of the videos are in Spanish.

Erre que ELE

In these immersive Spanish videos, Lucia uses props, skits, and drawings to clarify each topic. Her pleasantly sassy personality shines through the characters in her skits, and it’s helpful to see her play the part of both the student and the teacher to highlight common mistakes.

In her day-to-day life, Lucia is a Spanish teacher in China. Her goal is to teach about the language and culture of Spain and help Spanish learners understand how Spanish people think.

Though the channel is relatively new, Lucia seems to update it semi-weekly. You can find free transcriptions and exercises for the videos (and her podcast) on her website.

FundéuRAE

FundéuRAE is a non-profit organization that promotes the “proper” usage of Spanish in all forms of media. You won’t learn any slang or everyday colloquialisms on this channel, but it is an excellent resource for intermediate and advanced speakers who want to refine their Spanish for academic purposes.

Here you can find alternatives for Spanish anglicisms like ‘gym’ or ‘backpacker’ (or rather, ‘begpacker’), or the multiple ways to describe ‘fake news’. You will also learn about proper word usage, the Spanish ‘word of the year,’ and how to pronounce the names of notable people in the media.

The videos are often between 30 seconds to 2-minutes long, but they also have hour-long videos of debates from the Seminario Internacional de Lengua y Periodismo.

 

Advanced

Casi Creativo

Fred Lammie, an animator and creative director in Barcelona, produces weekly animations in Spanish. You’ll be sure to keep up to date with the latest slang while enjoying these engaging videos.

The short clips may be for native speakers, but sometimes he focuses on common grammatical errors that native speakers themselves make. When Fred is not dramatizing the effects of poorly spoken Spanish, he produces random videos whose only connecting thread, other than the occasional ‘friendship’ theme, is the animation style.

Learn about starting conversations, types of doctors, and StroopWafels with these 2-3 minute clips — or enjoy a song with Fred’s surprisingly skilled vocals.

Magic Markers

Take your Spanish a level up from Curiosamente with Magic Marker — a channel that professionally explains things. Their videos use animation, paper figures, and drawings — all of which are clearly designed by professional artists.

The company produces content for other organizations, but their YouTube channel is specifically dedicated to topics that interest the creators, such as science, economics, social issues, and more.

If you want to hear more from the director, Santiago, he also collaborates with a producer of Radio Ambulante to publish podcasts on Cosas de Internet.

Enchufe TV

If you’re a fan of the English YouTube channel, CollegeHumor, you’ll enjoy Enchufe TV. This Ecuadorian comedy channel, with over 24 million subscribers, films multiple sketches each week. The stories are often absurd, ironic, and downright hilarious. You’ll watch exaggerated family dynamics, relatable student-life experiences, and humorous depictions of holidays and traditions.

A lot of the videos have both Spanish and English subtitles, which is helpful given how fast the exchanges between the characters can be. There are at least 500 videos already available, with new episodes published multiple times per week.

Vice en Español

Like the English version, Vice en Español highlights underreported stories that cover major topics: culture, art, fashion, social movements, crime, and more.

With the wide variety of Spanish accents that Vice en Español provides, these informative, inspiring, and sometimes controversial videos will provide you with diverse language input.

If you’re looking to practice your Spanish with a dinner recipe, a humorous sketch, or while learning about a current political crisis, Vice has got your back.

Xpress TV

XpressTV is a popular Mexican YouTube channel that explores the curiosities of the internet, movies, animals, and everything else. You’ll learn a lot in a short amount of time, and suddenly have a wealth of fun facts to share at parties.

In these videos, you’ll go behind specific scenes in commercials and movies, learn 30 new facts in 5 minutes (dozens of times), and basically become fascinated by the ins and outs of things that you were never curious about in the first place.

If you like the internet, you’ll probably like this channel. You can also check out Genial, an even more popular channel that has a slightly greater focus on society and the planet.

Luisito Comunica

Travel around the world with the second most famous YouTuber in Mexico, Luisito. With him as your vlogger guide, you can explore Ecuador, Japan, Israel, Russia, China, Turkey, and more, while learning about pop culture and current events.

When Luisito isn’t traveling the world, he still produces content about anything and everything. What is school like in prison? Where does your drinking water come from? What happens to abandoned planes, and what do they look like inside?

You’ll also see him try a variety of products, from the cheapest to the most expensive, making commentaries and comparisons along the way.

Hola Soy German

Chilean YouTube star, German, has over 42 million subscribers and is currently one of the most famous Spanish-speaking YouTubers. Though he has an active channel, the one we recommend is Hola Soy German, which is no longer updated.

With over 140 videos available, you can enjoy topics such as sports, movies, zombies, and more. Many of them are skits he performs with himself as a one-man show, while others are in the style of a vlog.

If you like gaming, you can also check out his other channel, JuegaGerman, where he spends most of the time streaming and commenting on video games.

La Ruta de la Garnacha

Learn about Mexican culture through its street food. Lalo takes you to all of the best locations to eat in Mexico, chatting with locals and passing by gorgeous city structures along the way. Most videos have Spanish subtitles to help you follow along, or you can just enjoy looking at each of the mouthwatering meals.

Lalo will show you where to eat gigantic tacos, hot dogs or churros. He’ll introduce you to words specific to regions in Mexico through conversations with locals. And sometimes, he will take you outside of Mexico for a tour around the world.

You can check out Lalo’s website, Garnacha, to find ratings for all the best street food in Mexico.

These are only a handful of the many amazing YouTube channels on the interweb, but we hope that we have captured some that will enrich your Spanish learning journey.

Let us know in the comments if there are YouTube channels that you think should have made this list.

If you’re looking for something to structure your Spanish studies, you can explore our favorite online Spanish courses. Or, if you want to get away from the screen, we recommend you check out our list of Spanish podcasts.

14 Best Korean Courses: We’ve Tested Them

For many, there’s just something irresistible about Korean culture. K-Pop and its die-hard fans span the globe, Korean food classics like kimchi and bulgogi tempt millions each year, and Korean cinema attained broader global recognition with Academy Award-winning film, Parasite.

There are plenty of reasons to learn Korean, and there are just about as many ways to learn it. if you’re interested in online courses, you’re anything but starved for choice. This is mostly a great thing — a course that fits your budget, learning style, and specific needs is almost definitely out there.

On the other hand, it can be difficult to sort the good from the bad; many online reviews are clearly biased or simply don’t consider the fact that what works for one may not work for another. 

We’ve gone through our extensive list of online Korean courses, selecting only those that we’ve rated 3.5 stars or higher, and compiled them into this collection of high-quality resources. It’s our hope that this guide points you in the right direction and gets you closer to your ideal course.

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4.7/5
Price: From $30/month or $150/year
A Quality Course With Straightforward Instructions

At first glance, this may seem too good to be true. After all, no one’s going to become fluent in 90 days, right? Luckily, this course isn’t promising the impossible. Instead, it breaks the overwhelming goal of learning Korean into four 90-day modules. This more manageable timeline makes for a less intimidating study plan and can do great things for daily motivation. 

The modules in this course do an excellent job of providing in-depth coverage of grammar and vocabulary concepts. The lessons are presented one week at a time, though you can proceed to the next week’s material whenever you feel comfortable doing so.

The course benefits from straightforward explanations and challenges that push you to apply what you’ve learned in practical situations. For a higher subscription price, there’s the option to have access to coaching, which means you’ll get feedback from a Korean tutor as you progress through the course.

Pros

  • Explanations are clear and easy to understand
  • Challenges give you the opportunity to use what you’ve learned 
  • Great course structure

Cons

  • There are less expensive options
4/5
Price: $9.99/month, Less for Longer Subscriptions
POV-Style Conversation Practice

Teuida isn’t your standard language resource. It’s full of super engaging conversation practice where you take part in POV-style videos, responding when prompted. You’ll find yourself in a variety of situations and will be tasked with responding in real-time to your video conversation partner.

Lessons in Teuida build on each other nicely, and each culminates with a video conversation that tests what you’ve learned in the corresponding unit. This type of practice is highly interactive and is great for building speaking confidence. It could be especially useful for learners that are intimidated by the prospect of speaking to real people at their current level.

While Teuida is fun to use and provides good listening and speaking practice, it won’t teach you much grammar or how to read and write. It’s also not a very good option for learners that are beyond the beginner stage.

You can use the coupon code ‘ALR003‘ to get the 3-month subscription for $18.99.

Note that iOS users will need to enter this code as the “Referrer ID,” either when signing up or under Settings > Account > Referrer ID.

Pros

  • Video conversation practice is highly engaging
  • You’ll get practice with realistic, practical language
  • It provides lots of speaking practice

Cons

  • There isn’t material for intermediate and advanced learners
  • You won’t get in-depth grammar practice or learn to read and write
  • Review opportunities are limited
4/5
Price: $14.95-$19.95 per month
Tried-And-True Audio Lessons

Pimsleur isn’t exactly a new arrival on the language-learning scene. Using a method developed by linguist Dr. Pimsleur in 1963, this course is packed full of high-quality audio lessons that are well structured and provide ample opportunity for participation.

Although the claim on the Pimsleur website that you’ll reach an intermediate speaking level within 30 days of using the course may be a stretch, the audio lessons are packed full of useful information and build on each other nicely. You’ll spend just enough time in each new lesson reviewing what you’ve already learned in order to take on new concepts with confidence.

The Pimsleur audio lessons aren’t meant for passive listening. Instead, the Pimsleur Method encourages learners to frequently speak aloud during lessons. You’ll be frequently prompted to speak and will have to do more than listen and repeat to keep up.

Visual learners may struggle with the mostly-audio content, and this may not be the best resource for learning to read and write Hangul.

Pros

  • The course is well structured
  • Audio from a variety of native speakers
  • The app and desktop platform are well designed

Cons

  • This isn’t the best resource for visual learners
  • It isn’t the best place to find reading and writing practice
4/5
Price: $8 – $47 a month
Tons of Listening Practice

It wouldn’t be easy to find another resource with as much listening material as you’ll find with KoreanClass101. There are thousands of listening lessons here, and they’re accompanied by transcripts, quizzes, extra notes, and some videos. 

While the amount of content is certainly a good thing, there is a lack of clear structure to the course. This might be nice if you’re the type of learner that likes to skip around as you please, but some might end up feeling lost and without enough guidance.

The bulk of the huge lesson library is most-suitable for learners at the beginner to pre-intermediate levels — advanced learners won’t find as much relevant practice material. This is also probably not the best resource if you’re looking for a course to really strengthen your speaking or writing skills.

Pros

  • There is a great deal of listening content for learners at the beginner and intermediate levels
  • Accompanying lesson notes are useful

Cons

  • There isn’t as much content for advanced learners
  • There isn’t a clear course structure
  • It isn’t the right place to get speaking, writing, or advanced practice

Use the promo code “ALLLANGUAGERESOURCES” to save 25% on a subscription to KoreanClass101.

4.3/5
Price: $11.99 a month, $29.99 a quarter, $55.99 a year, or $119.99 for a lifetime subscription
Thorough and Gamified Introductory Course

There’s certainly no shortage of language-learning apps out there, but Lingodeer stands out in terms of quality. This is especially true for Asian languages like Korean, which are often neglected by other popular apps.

Lingodeer combines gamification and app-friendly, convenient practice with a well-structured course to provide something truly valuable. Lessons build on each other nicely, and it’s a great place to get a solid foundation in Korean. Interactive practice activities test how much you’ve retained from the lessons and keep things interesting.

Keep in mind when considering Lingodeer that there isn’t as much material available for advanced learners. It’s also probably not the best place to improve your conversational skills.

Pros

  • Great for engaging, convenient practice
  • Well-structured lessons

Cons

  • Not much practice for learners past the intermediate level
  • You’ll need to look elsewhere to fully develop conversational skills
4.3/5
Price: Free
Comprehensive Video Lessons

The Cyber University of Korea (CUK) offers an impressive amount of thorough content for free. Material is presented in the form of free video lessons that are accessible through a number of video platforms, including YouTube.

There are four levels of lessons in the CUK library. The first two levels deal largely with basic communication skills related to everyday activities, and levels three and four teach casual conversation skills. By completing level four, CUK hopes students will be able to achieve a 3.5 score on the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK).

Many of the lessons include teachers, slides, animations, and dialogues, and you’ll get pronunciation practice by responding to speaking prompts. The material in the third and fourth levels of the CUK course are slightly less engaging, as they don’t include animations or images, but there’s a lot of learning to be had here for free.

Pros

  • Lots of free content
  • Video lessons are especially engaging at lower levels
  • Instruction is clear and well thought out
  • It’s especially good for beginners

Cons

  • Lessons at higher levels aren’t quite as engaging

FSI and DLI

4.3/5
Price: Free
Dated, But Free and Thorough Courses

The Foreign Services Institute (FSI) has developed a number of language courses, including for Korean. These courses were originally developed several decades ago and were designed to help get diplomats to a professional working proficiency in a language as quickly as possible.

Given their origin, the FSI language courses definitely err on the dry side of things and are far from the most engaging options out there. They consist of PDF scans of typewritten pages and come with accompanying audio. If you can get past the lack of color, pictures, and games, however, you’ll find yourself with an extremely thorough course. It’s worth noting that you won’t get exposure to the most modern Korean usage, but it should still provide you with a fully usable foundation.

Courses created by the Defense Language Institute (DLI) are similar in that they’re exceptionally thorough but also dated. One difference between the two is that the DLI courses have a slight emphasis on military terms at higher levels.

Pros

  • Well-structured, comprehensive courses
  • They’re free

Cons

  • Courses aren’t very engaging
  • The material is dated
4/5
Price: Freemium, lessons from $7
Entertaining, Free Practice

Since 2009, Talk To Me In Korean (TTMIK) has offered both free and paid content to Korean learners that is often engaging, fun, and entertaining. The main educational content revolves around grammar concepts presented in audio lessons, but there are also some video lessons. Additional practice involves sentence-building and learning various idiomatic expressions.

TTMIK usually does a great job of striking a balance between educational and entertaining, and the assortment of interviews and drama breakdowns are great for learners looking for learning material that’s more lighthearted. 

It’s worth noting that their content occasionally strays too far into entertainment, providing less educational value as a result. You also might not find as many opportunities to put what you’ve learned into practice with this resource. That said, it’s hard to beat the amount of material that’s available for free here.

Pros

  • There’s a ton of free content
  • Lessons are more entertaining than many alternatives

Cons

  • Some lessons focus more on entertainment than educational value
  • There aren’t many opportunities to practice what you’ve learned
4/5
Price: Free, Add-Ons Start at $5
A Thorough Guide for Beginner and Intermediate Learners

With 175 in-depth Korean lessons, each accompanied by audio recordings, grammar explanations, and quizzes, How To Study Korean is a resource with enough material to keep you busy for quite some time. Its fairly academic approach may not appeal to those that prefer gamified, interactive practice, but the price tag isn’t likely to turn anyone away.

At the beginner level, lessons come with YouTube videos that provide extra sentence practice as well as dictations and reading practice. There are also additional materials available for purchase at each level. These include workbooks, vocabulary lists, short stories, and more. Each lesson includes 20 or 30 vocabulary words that have all been placed into Memrise decks, making for super-efficient practice. Another benefit of this course is that the materials at lower levels offer instruction in a number of different languages.

Pros

  • Lots of free content
  • Thorough grammar explanations
  • Vocabulary is available for practice in Memrise
  • Instruction is available in multiple languages

Cons

  • It isn’t the best option for those looking for interactive, gamified practice
  • The grammar explanations may be too in-depth for some
4/5
Price: Freemium, Premium Subscriptions Start at $17.99/month
Learn Korean With a Chatbot

If you’re looking for a unique, casual way to learn Korean, Eggbun certainly fits the bill. Practice takes place in short lessons where you chat with Lanny, an enthusiastic, animated egg bun. It’s cheeky, fun, unintimidating, and contains a surprising amount of content. 

The format may be bizarre, but the content is of pretty high quality and covers multiple aspects of the language. Absolute beginners will be able to start with learning Hangul and will be typing it by the end of the first lesson. The course also includes cultural notes, dialogues, and interactive exercises like multiple-choice questions, role plays, and fill-in-the-blank activities

This app is mostly useful for beginners, but lesson topics are varied and provide a wide range of quality information. You’ll get to experience both formal and casual Korean while learning about pronunciation, verb conjugations, and more.

Pros

  • It’s got a great design and is fun to use
  • It’s a good option for those that prefer more casual study
  • There’s a variety of practice activities

Cons

  • It doesn’t have as much useful material for more advanced learners
  • Some learners may not enjoy the chat-based learning format
  • The premium subscription is more expensive than alternatives
4/5
Price: Free or $8.99 a month
Free Flashcard Platform and Official Korean Courses

This incredibly popular resource helps users learn languages largely through its Spaced Repetition System (SRS) and flashcards. Part of the reason it’s so popular is that much of the material is free to use. Anyone can create their own flashcard decks on Memrise, and these user-created courses are totally free to use. 

The quality of the courses varies, but you’ll be able to find tons of different topics to study, such as Korean slang, the 1000 most common Korean words, grammar concepts, and more. While all of these courses benefit from SRS, some will have audio, pictures, words, and example sentences, while others will only have some of these.

If you’re looking for material that will reliably be of higher quality, you’ll want to check out the official Memrise courses. These include quality audio, pictures, and even some videos, but you’ll have to pay a subscription fee to get full access.

Pros

  • SRS is great for efficient practice
  • Practice is enjoyable
  • There’s a great deal of available content

Cons

  • You’ll need more than Memrise to learn to communicate effectively in Korean
  • The quality of user-created courses may vary
  • The premium version doesn’t offer much more than the free version
3.8/5
Price: From $24.99/hour for Private Classes
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Personalized Live Lessons

Live Lingua is an online language school that connects learners of 11 different languages with teachers for one-on-one or group classes. It stands out from similar resources like italki or Verbling by taking more of a personalized approach: by registering with the platform, you’ll be assigned your very own class coordinator who will pair you with a teacher that best fits your needs. This teacher will develop a curriculum to help you achieve your personal language goals.

The three types of lessons currently available are standard Korean, exam prep, and group lessons. The exam prep lessons are the most expensive, and you’ll have to get in touch with Live Lingua to get the group lesson price.

While there are cheaper ways to take live lessons online, Live Lingua could be worth the price if you want a dedicated teacher that understands your goals, past experiences, and learning style. Some potential downsides are that you’ll have to use a third-party video call platform for lessons and that scheduling happens via email.

Pros

  • You should be able to find a teacher to help you with your specific goals

Cons

  • Limited flexibility in choosing a teacher compared to other options
  • Scheduling lessons via email can be inconvenient
3.5/5
Price: $7.99/month for one language, $17.99/month for all languages
Phrase-based Practice for Beginners

If you aren’t afraid of a little language drilling — okay, a lot of drilling — Mango Languages could be worth checking out. It won’t be very useful to learners beyond the intermediate level, however, as there’s just not much in the way of advanced content.

The design of the Mango Languages app is appealing and makes for more enjoyable practice, and you’ll be exposed to lots of Korean phrases. Learning new words this way is helpful in getting used to the way the language works in context and how to use it yourself.

Lessons build on each other nicely and will provide you with loads of speaking practice by prompting you to repeat what you hear. This is something that could become overly repetitive for some. You also won’t get in-depth grammar practice or explanations here.

If you’re interested in Mango Languages, be sure to check whether it’s available for free in a public library near you.

Pros

  • The design is appealing and easy to use
  • There are useful cultural notes
  • Learning full phrases will help you understand common language structures

Cons

  • There isn’t much in-depth grammar practice
  • Phrase drilling can become overly repetitive
  • Learners at higher levels will have to look elsewhere
4.7/5
Price: From $30/month or $150/year
A Quality Course With Straightforward Instructions

At first glance, this may seem too good to be true. After all, no one’s going to become fluent in 90 days, right? Luckily, this course isn’t promising the impossible. Instead, it breaks the overwhelming goal of learning Korean into four 90-day modules. This more manageable timeline makes for a less intimidating study plan and can do great things for daily motivation. 

The modules in this course do an excellent job of providing in-depth coverage of grammar and vocabulary concepts. The lessons are presented one week at a time, though you can proceed to the next week’s material whenever you feel comfortable doing so.

The course benefits from straightforward explanations and challenges that push you to apply what you’ve learned in practical situations. For a higher subscription price, there’s the option to have access to coaching, which means you’ll get feedback from a Korean tutor as you progress through the course.

Pros

  • Explanations are clear and easy to understand
  • Challenges give you the opportunity to use what you’ve learned 
  • Great course structure

Cons

  • There are less expensive options

FSI and DLI

4.3/5
Price: Free
Dated, But Free and Thorough Courses

The Foreign Services Institute (FSI) has developed a number of language courses, including for Korean. These courses were originally developed several decades ago and were designed to help get diplomats to a professional working proficiency in a language as quickly as possible.

Given their origin, the FSI language courses definitely err on the dry side of things and are far from the most engaging options out there. They consist of PDF scans of typewritten pages and come with accompanying audio. If you can get past the lack of color, pictures, and games, however, you’ll find yourself with an extremely thorough course. It’s worth noting that you won’t get exposure to the most modern Korean usage, but it should still provide you with a fully usable foundation.

Courses created by the Defense Language Institute (DLI) are similar in that they’re exceptionally thorough but also dated. One difference between the two is that the DLI courses have a slight emphasis on military terms at higher levels.

Pros

  • Well-structured, comprehensive courses
  • They’re free

Cons

  • Courses aren’t very engaging
  • The material is dated
4.3/5
Price: Free
Comprehensive Video Lessons

The Cyber University of Korea (CUK) offers an impressive amount of thorough content for free. Material is presented in the form of free video lessons that are accessible through a number of video platforms, including YouTube.

There are four levels of lessons in the CUK library. The first two levels deal largely with basic communication skills related to everyday activities, and levels three and four teach casual conversation skills. By completing level four, CUK hopes students will be able to achieve a 3.5 score on the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK).

Many of the lessons include teachers, slides, animations, and dialogues, and you’ll get pronunciation practice by responding to speaking prompts. The material in the third and fourth levels of the CUK course are slightly less engaging, as they don’t include animations or images, but there’s a lot of learning to be had here for free.

Pros

  • Lots of free content
  • Video lessons are especially engaging at lower levels
  • Instruction is clear and well thought out
  • It’s especially good for beginners

Cons

  • Lessons at higher levels aren’t quite as engaging
4.3/5
Price: $11.99 a month, $29.99 a quarter, $55.99 a year, or $119.99 for a lifetime subscription
Thorough and Gamified Introductory Course

There’s certainly no shortage of language-learning apps out there, but Lingodeer stands out in terms of quality. This is especially true for Asian languages like Korean, which are often neglected by other popular apps.

Lingodeer combines gamification and app-friendly, convenient practice with a well-structured course to provide something truly valuable. Lessons build on each other nicely, and it’s a great place to get a solid foundation in Korean. Interactive practice activities test how much you’ve retained from the lessons and keep things interesting.

Keep in mind when considering Lingodeer that there isn’t as much material available for advanced learners. It’s also probably not the best place to improve your conversational skills.

Pros

  • Great for engaging, convenient practice
  • Well-structured lessons

Cons

  • Not much practice for learners past the intermediate level
  • You’ll need to look elsewhere to fully develop conversational skills
4/5
Price: $14.95-$19.95 per month
Tried-And-True Audio Lessons

Pimsleur isn’t exactly a new arrival on the language-learning scene. Using a method developed by linguist Dr. Pimsleur in 1963, this course is packed full of high-quality audio lessons that are well structured and provide ample opportunity for participation.

Although the claim on the Pimsleur website that you’ll reach an intermediate speaking level within 30 days of using the course may be a stretch, the audio lessons are packed full of useful information and build on each other nicely. You’ll spend just enough time in each new lesson reviewing what you’ve already learned in order to take on new concepts with confidence.

The Pimsleur audio lessons aren’t meant for passive listening. Instead, the Pimsleur Method encourages learners to frequently speak aloud during lessons. You’ll be frequently prompted to speak and will have to do more than listen and repeat to keep up.

Visual learners may struggle with the mostly-audio content, and this may not be the best resource for learning to read and write Hangul.

Pros

  • The course is well structured
  • Audio from a variety of native speakers
  • The app and desktop platform are well designed

Cons

  • This isn’t the best resource for visual learners
  • It isn’t the best place to find reading and writing practice
4/5
Price: $8 – $47 a month
Tons of Listening Practice

It wouldn’t be easy to find another resource with as much listening material as you’ll find with KoreanClass101. There are thousands of listening lessons here, and they’re accompanied by transcripts, quizzes, extra notes, and some videos. 

While the amount of content is certainly a good thing, there is a lack of clear structure to the course. This might be nice if you’re the type of learner that likes to skip around as you please, but some might end up feeling lost and without enough guidance.

The bulk of the huge lesson library is most-suitable for learners at the beginner to pre-intermediate levels — advanced learners won’t find as much relevant practice material. This is also probably not the best resource if you’re looking for a course to really strengthen your speaking or writing skills.

Pros

  • There is a great deal of listening content for learners at the beginner and intermediate levels
  • Accompanying lesson notes are useful

Cons

  • There isn’t as much content for advanced learners
  • There isn’t a clear course structure
  • It isn’t the right place to get speaking, writing, or advanced practice

Use the promo code “ALLLANGUAGERESOURCES” to save 25% on a subscription to KoreanClass101.

4/5
Price: Freemium, lessons from $7
Entertaining, Free Practice

Since 2009, Talk To Me In Korean (TTMIK) has offered both free and paid content to Korean learners that is often engaging, fun, and entertaining. The main educational content revolves around grammar concepts presented in audio lessons, but there are also some video lessons. Additional practice involves sentence-building and learning various idiomatic expressions.

TTMIK usually does a great job of striking a balance between educational and entertaining, and the assortment of interviews and drama breakdowns are great for learners looking for learning material that’s more lighthearted. 

It’s worth noting that their content occasionally strays too far into entertainment, providing less educational value as a result. You also might not find as many opportunities to put what you’ve learned into practice with this resource. That said, it’s hard to beat the amount of material that’s available for free here.

Pros

  • There’s a ton of free content
  • Lessons are more entertaining than many alternatives

Cons

  • Some lessons focus more on entertainment than educational value
  • There aren’t many opportunities to practice what you’ve learned
4/5
Price: Free or $8.99 a month
Free Flashcard Platform and Official Korean Courses

This incredibly popular resource helps users learn languages largely through its Spaced Repetition System (SRS) and flashcards. Part of the reason it’s so popular is that much of the material is free to use. Anyone can create their own flashcard decks on Memrise, and these user-created courses are totally free to use. 

The quality of the courses varies, but you’ll be able to find tons of different topics to study, such as Korean slang, the 1000 most common Korean words, grammar concepts, and more. While all of these courses benefit from SRS, some will have audio, pictures, words, and example sentences, while others will only have some of these.

If you’re looking for material that will reliably be of higher quality, you’ll want to check out the official Memrise courses. These include quality audio, pictures, and even some videos, but you’ll have to pay a subscription fee to get full access.

Pros

  • SRS is great for efficient practice
  • Practice is enjoyable
  • There’s a great deal of available content

Cons

  • You’ll need more than Memrise to learn to communicate effectively in Korean
  • The quality of user-created courses may vary
  • The premium version doesn’t offer much more than the free version
4/5
Price: $9.99/month, Less for Longer Subscriptions
POV-Style Conversation Practice

Teuida isn’t your standard language resource. It’s full of super engaging conversation practice where you take part in POV-style videos, responding when prompted. You’ll find yourself in a variety of situations and will be tasked with responding in real-time to your video conversation partner.

Lessons in Teuida build on each other nicely, and each culminates with a video conversation that tests what you’ve learned in the corresponding unit. This type of practice is highly interactive and is great for building speaking confidence. It could be especially useful for learners that are intimidated by the prospect of speaking to real people at their current level.

While Teuida is fun to use and provides good listening and speaking practice, it won’t teach you much grammar or how to read and write. It’s also not a very good option for learners that are beyond the beginner stage.

You can use the coupon code ‘ALR003‘ to get the 3-month subscription for $18.99.

Note that iOS users will need to enter this code as the “Referrer ID,” either when signing up or under Settings > Account > Referrer ID.

Pros

  • Video conversation practice is highly engaging
  • You’ll get practice with realistic, practical language
  • It provides lots of speaking practice

Cons

  • There isn’t material for intermediate and advanced learners
  • You won’t get in-depth grammar practice or learn to read and write
  • Review opportunities are limited
4/5
Price: Free, Add-Ons Start at $5
A Thorough Guide for Beginner and Intermediate Learners

With 175 in-depth Korean lessons, each accompanied by audio recordings, grammar explanations, and quizzes, How To Study Korean is a resource with enough material to keep you busy for quite some time. Its fairly academic approach may not appeal to those that prefer gamified, interactive practice, but the price tag isn’t likely to turn anyone away.

At the beginner level, lessons come with YouTube videos that provide extra sentence practice as well as dictations and reading practice. There are also additional materials available for purchase at each level. These include workbooks, vocabulary lists, short stories, and more. Each lesson includes 20 or 30 vocabulary words that have all been placed into Memrise decks, making for super-efficient practice. Another benefit of this course is that the materials at lower levels offer instruction in a number of different languages.

Pros

  • Lots of free content
  • Thorough grammar explanations
  • Vocabulary is available for practice in Memrise
  • Instruction is available in multiple languages

Cons

  • It isn’t the best option for those looking for interactive, gamified practice
  • The grammar explanations may be too in-depth for some
4/5
Price: Freemium, Premium Subscriptions Start at $17.99/month
Learn Korean With a Chatbot

If you’re looking for a unique, casual way to learn Korean, Eggbun certainly fits the bill. Practice takes place in short lessons where you chat with Lanny, an enthusiastic, animated egg bun. It’s cheeky, fun, unintimidating, and contains a surprising amount of content. 

The format may be bizarre, but the content is of pretty high quality and covers multiple aspects of the language. Absolute beginners will be able to start with learning Hangul and will be typing it by the end of the first lesson. The course also includes cultural notes, dialogues, and interactive exercises like multiple-choice questions, role plays, and fill-in-the-blank activities

This app is mostly useful for beginners, but lesson topics are varied and provide a wide range of quality information. You’ll get to experience both formal and casual Korean while learning about pronunciation, verb conjugations, and more.

Pros

  • It’s got a great design and is fun to use
  • It’s a good option for those that prefer more casual study
  • There’s a variety of practice activities

Cons

  • It doesn’t have as much useful material for more advanced learners
  • Some learners may not enjoy the chat-based learning format
  • The premium subscription is more expensive than alternatives
3.8/5
Price: From $24.99/hour for Private Classes
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Personalized Live Lessons

Live Lingua is an online language school that connects learners of 11 different languages with teachers for one-on-one or group classes. It stands out from similar resources like italki or Verbling by taking more of a personalized approach: by registering with the platform, you’ll be assigned your very own class coordinator who will pair you with a teacher that best fits your needs. This teacher will develop a curriculum to help you achieve your personal language goals.

The three types of lessons currently available are standard Korean, exam prep, and group lessons. The exam prep lessons are the most expensive, and you’ll have to get in touch with Live Lingua to get the group lesson price.

While there are cheaper ways to take live lessons online, Live Lingua could be worth the price if you want a dedicated teacher that understands your goals, past experiences, and learning style. Some potential downsides are that you’ll have to use a third-party video call platform for lessons and that scheduling happens via email.

Pros

  • You should be able to find a teacher to help you with your specific goals

Cons

  • Limited flexibility in choosing a teacher compared to other options
  • Scheduling lessons via email can be inconvenient
3.5/5
Price: $7.99/month for one language, $17.99/month for all languages
Phrase-based Practice for Beginners

If you aren’t afraid of a little language drilling — okay, a lot of drilling — Mango Languages could be worth checking out. It won’t be very useful to learners beyond the intermediate level, however, as there’s just not much in the way of advanced content.

The design of the Mango Languages app is appealing and makes for more enjoyable practice, and you’ll be exposed to lots of Korean phrases. Learning new words this way is helpful in getting used to the way the language works in context and how to use it yourself.

Lessons build on each other nicely and will provide you with loads of speaking practice by prompting you to repeat what you hear. This is something that could become overly repetitive for some. You also won’t get in-depth grammar practice or explanations here.

If you’re interested in Mango Languages, be sure to check whether it’s available for free in a public library near you.

Pros

  • The design is appealing and easy to use
  • There are useful cultural notes
  • Learning full phrases will help you understand common language structures

Cons

  • There isn’t much in-depth grammar practice
  • Phrase drilling can become overly repetitive
  • Learners at higher levels will have to look elsewhere

The 29 Best Apps for Learning English in 2021

Coming out just ahead of Mandarin Chinese, English is the most widely-spoken language in the world. It’s become a lingua franca in many places for tourism and business, and learning the language can pave the way to a mountain of personal and professional opportunities.

Given its popularity, it’s no surprise that there is almost an endless number of ways to learn the language. One of the most accessible and convenient methods is through language apps.

There are so many apps catering to English learners, though, that sifting through them to find the ones that do a great job or offer just the type of practice you’re looking for can be a challenge.

We’ve tried out a ton of these language apps and have come up with this list to help learners narrow the field. The list certainly isn’t exhaustive, but we’ve tried to mention the most popular ones and those that we like the most. They’re sorted into categories by what they do best, though some could admittedly fit into more than one category.

Take your time and good luck! There are sure to be at least a few that meet your needs.

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Podcasts can be a great resource for learning languages, as they allow you to discover beginner, intermediate and advanced language concepts all at your own pace, wherever, whenever.

Many, if not most, are free to enjoy and there are literally hundreds of podcast episodes out there, all with the aim of teaching you to read, write, speak and understand the Greek language.
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Seven Best Podcasts For Learning Dutch In 2021

Want to learn Dutch? There are many reasons you might want to do so. Maybe you’re taking a trip to the Netherlands this year. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a foreign language and Dutch seems like a great fit for you. Maybe you have Dutch heritage, or you’re studying abroad in Europe this semester.

Whatever the case might be, learning Dutch can be a lot easier when you start listening to Dutch podcasts, whether those are podcasts that are created with the sole purpose of teaching you Dutch or podcasts that are simply in the Dutch language.

Podcasts are a readily available, affordable language learning tool that are easy to incorporate into your daily schedule. Plus, many language learning podcasts also offer additional resources to help with your language learning goals, such as flashcards or worksheets.

While they may not be as comprehensive as a Dutch course, they’re still a great addition to any study routine.

Interested in giving podcasts a try as you learn Dutch? Here are seven to consider.

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22 Online Portuguese Courses Ranked From Best to Worst (2021)

So, you’re looking for a Portuguese course?

Whether you’re planning a trip to Portugal or Brazil, or are just excited to learn the language, we’re here to help you find the best option for you.

We’ve spent countless hours researching and trying out various courses to help you figure out which ones are worth your time (and possibly money) and which ones ought to be avoided.

We’ve compiled this list of 22 Portuguese courses, loosely grouped into four tiers based on how enthusiastically we’d recommend them.

This way, you can spend less time stressing and trying to figure out which course to use, and more time actually studying.

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The 18 Best Podcasts For Learning French (2021)

Podcasts are among the best tools available to French learners. They can be a great way to squeeze in some study time, such as during a commute or while doing some chores around the house.

But, they can be much more useful than just some extra listening practice. Some of these podcasts have hundreds, even thousands of lessons. Far beyond only helping you add in some extra listening practice, there’s not much you can’t learn from some of the podcasts on this list. However, they tend to lack the structure of some other online French courses or in some cases apps.

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