Foreign Service Institute free language courses

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  1. SC Flier
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    http://fsi-language-courses.org

    Language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute.​
    These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain.​

    This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format. This site is not affiliated in any way with any government entity; it is an independent, non-profit effort to foster the learning of worldwide languages. Courses here are made available through the private efforts of individuals who are donating their time and resources to provide quality materials for language learning.​

    Includes PDF documents and MP3 audio.

    Want a printed book? Check Amazon.com and other sources for new or used copies.
     
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    These courses are well respected and seem to be very effective, at least when used by professionals making careers in areas where languages and living abroad in necessary for advancement, so that their typical employee-student has a strong incentive to devote time and take the course very seriously.
     
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    Thanks for posting the link SC Flier! I've been thinking about Rosetta Stone to refine some of the language skills I acquired while in school and living abroad, but the price tag has kept me from pulling the trigger. I'm definitely going to try one of these! :D
     
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    This is such a great resource, particularly for rare languages. I've definitely used some of these courses myself although I can't speak to how they compare with commercial options. The obscure languages can be pretty dated but often represent one of the only language resources to be found in that particular language. For example, the Amharic course is from the 1960s!
     
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    thanks for this post!
     
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    Thanks for the post SC. Now I have to decide what language I need to know.
     
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    I'm fluent in four languages. Perhaps its time for me to start learning a fifth. :p
     
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    That site is very slow though.....
     
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    Impressive! If you don't mind my asking, which four do you know?
     
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