AnkiApp is a free mobile and desktop flashcard app that produces quick quizzes and tracks information the user already knows to save time.
An online subscription that saves lessons on the cloud, Babbel employs voice-recognition technology and real-life dialogue situations to get users talking right away.
BBC Languages is a website that aggregates vocabulary and grammar lessons, puzzles, quizzes, videos, news, and radio all into one handy location, organized by language.
This BBC course for absolute beginners is currently available in ten languages. The book or newly enhanced eBook can be accompanied by audio features on CD or DVD.
Brainscape (basic service is free)
A free online program, Brainscape allows users to find, create, and share flashcards in thousands of subjects; purchasing a “pro” subscription provides additional features and access.
Busuu (basic service is free)
Busuu offers a free basic level of instruction, as well as a “premium” online subscription that packs a college semester of language instruction into 22.5 hours—all in 10-minute bites.
Drops—and Droplets, the companion app for children ages 8-17—offer game-based language learning in 35+ languages.
Duolingo is a free online program that makes language learning a game: users earn points, race the clock, and track consecutive days of study. Duolingo Clubs, available on the iOS and Android apps, allow learners to join a team and compete with friends.
Available for download to use across devices or by CD, Fluenz incorporates videos, MP3s, and flashcards into language lessons; unlike full-immersion programs, Fluenz uses some English to help guide adult learners.
Lingopie provides real TV shows and movies accompanied by subtitles in the original language (for example, a Spanish TV show + Spanish subtitles) with clickable, real-time translations to help you learn. After watching an episode, users can review new vocabulary & grammar rules with built-in flashcards and word lists.
LingQ (free to start)
Based on the Linguist Method, LinkQ “links” users to an online community of language learners, incorporating written vocabulary, live interactions, and downloadable audio lessons; for unlimited access, users must subscribe to a paid service.
Mango Languages (free at participating public librairies)
Free at participating public libraries (or for individual purchase), Mango Languages provides instruction and cultural insights for over 70 languages, both online and for mobile devices.
Memrise offers free online and mobile software in over 200 languages that allows users to compete with friends and create learning materials.
MindSnacks is a free app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad offering language games for both children and adults.
Mondly (basic service is free)
Mondly offers online lessons in over 30 languages (including those less commonly taught) focused on real-life situations—namely introductions, restaurant interactions, and travel or hotel check ins. They are also exploring how virtual reality intersects with language learning through their new app.
Using the scientific Pimsleur Method, Pimsleur offers their signature 30-minute audio courses by CD or MP3 in over 50 languages.
Available as a CD-ROM, downloadable software, or online subscription, Rosetta Stone creates language-learning programs trusted by millions of individuals and over 22,000 educational institutions.
Available for free at some libraries, Transparent Language Online is an online subscription offering instruction in over 100 languages.
Experience immersion in the Turkish language from your home. Membership includes four language courses, hundreds of video lessons, grammar notes, review activities, native listening exercises, lesson notes, and more.
The Yojik Website compiles Foreign Service Institute and Peace-Corps language course resources, among others, for free use online.