Online Language Resources

Studying languages is one of my hobbies. On this page I add resources that I like, specifically for languages that relate to the parts of the world that we blog about. Hopefully these will be useful to someone else!


Afghan Languages – Dari and Pashto

Pimsleur Dari

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I really like Pimsleur as an introduction to speaking and developing good pronunciation. Pimsleur offers 2 levels of the Dari language, for a total of 30 hours. It is expensive to buy, but there is a much more affordable monthly subscription offered. Try the 7 -day free trial first!

Pimsleur Pashto

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I really like Pimsleur as an introduction to speaking and developing good pronunciation. Pimsleur offers 2 levels of the Pashto language (Northern dialect as spoken in Kabul), for a total of 30 hours. It is expensive to buy, but there is a much more affordable monthly subscription offered. Try the 7 -day free trial first!

uTalk Dari and Pashto

uTalk
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uTalk

uTalk offers an impressive variety of languages, and crucially, language combinations. It is a good way to learn basic phrases. I like that it features recordings of both male and female voices. It does follow a cookie-cutter approach however: the phrase “two beers, please” in Dari is not particularly useful or appropriate.

Transparent Pashto and Dari

I’ve only tried a trial version of this. It feels a bit clunkly and outdated, but offers more depth of content than most other apps or online courses I have come across. Includes some free features such as a blog and “word of the day” by email or tweet.

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

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Their Global Language Online Support System offers an amazing library of resources in both Pashto and Dari. It isn’t always the easiest to navigate, and it is very military-focused, but offers a huge wealth of audio and written materials for intermediate and advanced learners.

Tolo TV’s Toot Channel

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Tolo TV’s YouTube channels are a great place to start for Dari and Pashto content. I particularly like this channel for its focus on Afghan culture and informal dialogue. Mostly in Dari, but some Pashto as well.


Russian Language

Glossika Russian

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Glossika uses a spaced-repitition system and teaches full sentences at normal speed from the beginning. It is an excellent resource for building fluency and developing listening comprehension skills.

Michel Thomas Russian

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An audio-based course taught by Russian professor Natasha Bershadski. Useful for explaining grammar in a simple and accessible way.

Pimsleur Russian

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I really like Pimsleur as an introduction to speaking and developing good pronunciation. Pimsleur offers 5 levels of the Russian language, for a total of 75 hours. It is expensive to buy, but there is a much more affordable monthly subscription offered. Try the 7 -day free trial first!

Mondly Russian

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A nicely-designed app that I have enjoyed using for building vocabulary and reading skills. The free version is very limited, but still useful for bitesize practice.

Real Russian Club

Real Russian Club

A learning platform set up by Russian language teacher and professor Daria Molchanova. Includes free resources and podcasts. Daria also has interesting and helpful YouTube channel.

Duolingo Russian

Duolingo - The world's best way to learn a language

A popular app that teaches grammar and vocabulary in a gamified way. Entirely free to use.


Other Central Asian Languages – Coming Soon


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