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Self-study programs allow learning without having a teacher present,[1][2] and the courses can supplement or replace classroom instruction.[3] Universities use self-study programs for less-commonly taught languages, where having professors is not feasible.[4][5] Self-study programs are available on paper, audio files, video files, computers, or any combination.[6]

This list is limited to programs which teach four or more languages. There are many others which teach one language.

Alphabetical Lists of Languages show the courses available to learn each language, at Lang1234, Martindale, Omniglot, Rüdiger Köppe and UCLA. For the thousands of languages not listed on those sites, for which no course exists, "Global Recordings Network has recorded a standard set of Bible stories in 6,000 languages. With effort, learners can study any language by comparing its recordings to the same story in a language they know.[7]

The list below shows the number of languages taught by each program, the name of the program, and the number of different languages used for instruction. Multiple languages of instruction may be available for some but not all courses. For example "Reise Know-How uses 6 languages to teach German, but only German to teach the other languages. On the other hand "Eurotalk, "Pronunciator and "50Languages use all languages to teach all the other languages.

Number of languages taught Software Interface languages Business Model
200 "Reise Know-How 7 sell books
167 "L'Harmattan French sell books
164 Cudoo 3 subscription
132 "Eurotalk 119 sell software
101 "Peace Corps English free
78 "Pronunciator 50 free to library patrons if library pays
76 "Assimil 12 sell books and usb
64 "Mango Languages 14 free to library patrons if library pays, or monthly subscription
60 Clozemaster 33 free online
58 "Teach Yourself English sell books and CDs
58 Glossika 6 Freemium
56 "50Languages 56 free audio, apps and downloads, sell optional books
56 Colloquial by "Routledge English sell books and CDs
47 "Central Institute of Indian Languages English sell books
42 "Foreign Service Institute English free
40 "Pimsleur Language Programs (company) 50 sell audio
40 "BBC Online English free
35 "FirstVoices English free
34 "Rosetta Stone (software) English sell software or subscription
33 "Mondly 33 free
31 "Duolingo 23 free
29 Gloss by "Defense Language Institute English free
23 "Berlitz Corporation English sell books and CDs; online teachers
18 "Quizlet Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish free
18 "Living Language (publisher) Arabic, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish sell books and CDs
17 "Langenscheidt English, German sell books and CDs
17 "For Dummies English, Spanish sell books and CDs
15 "Linguaphone (company) English, Spanish sell books and CDs
13 "Babbel English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish subscription
12 "Busuu 12 freemium
12 "Bilingual Books, Inc. English, Spanish sell books and CDs
12 Michel Thomas Method English sell CDs
10 "Lingua.ly 18 freemium
10 "Idiot's Guide English, Spanish sell books and CDs
9 Behind the Wheel by "Macmillan Publishers English sell books and CDs
8 "Lingvist Arabic, Chinese, English, Estonian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian freemium
8 Dexway 12 subscription
6 "Schaum's Outlines English sell books and CDs
6 "Lonely Planet English sell books and CDs
6 "Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages English free
6 "Alison (company) English free
5 "Stella (language courses) Czech, English, German, Hungarian, Italian free
5 Made Simple by "Broadway Books English sell books and CDs
5 Hugo by "Dorling Kindersley English sell books and CDs
5 Drive Time by "Random House English sell books and CDs
4 Teach Yourself Business by "McGraw-Hill Education English sell books and CDs
4 "Smigin English, Portuguese, Turkish subscription


  1. ^ "Studying a Language on Your Own". University of Florida. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  2. ^ "Self-Study: Tell Me More". University of Groningen. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Self-Study Centers at the TUM". Technical University of Munich. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  4. ^ "Self-Directed Language Acquisition Program". University of Richmond. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  5. ^ "Directed Independent Language Study". University of Denver. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  6. ^ "Self-study ideas for students learning German for the first time". University of Michigan. Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  7. ^ "Geographic Language Museum". "Alexander Argüelles. Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
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