Death of a language website: fsi-language-courses.org [UPDATED: There are at least 3 other sites with the same files]
If anyone knows what happened to fsi-language-courses.org, please let me know! It was the site that included all of the Foreign Service Institute courses in the public domain, and where I downloaded the courses in order to turn them into HTML pages for my FSI Project. For about a month the site has been unavailable with a 403 Forbidden message. There haven’t been any new files added since January 2011, but the site was still online as of this January. (Thanks Internet Archive!)
For those who have been downloading the FSI files for a while, you may remember that fsi-language-courses.org was actually created when the webmaster of fsi-language-courses.com stopped updating the site. The files are no longer available through that original site either. I downloaded many of the courses, but not all of them, and although some are available as torrents, I don’t know of another way of downloading the materials. Were any mirror sites ever created?
If anyone has any information about fsi-language-courses.org – I believe the webmaster went by VagabondPilgrim on the forums – or if the files are available to download in another location, please leave a comment or email me. A lot of people spent MANY hours digitizing the books and cassettes in order to share them with other language learners, so we need to get them back online!
Try these sites (first three are mirror sites that should contain everything that is on the original site):
- fsi.antibozo.net – includes everything that was available on fsi-language-courses.org
- fsi-languages.yojik.eu – includes everything that was available on fsi-language-courses.org
- fsi-dli.yojik.eu – directory listings for both FSI and Defense Language Institute public domain courses
- jlu.wbtrain.com – just the DLI courses
- Wayback Machine
If you want to download all of the FSI files that were available, Joni has created a torrent (20.8 GB) from a site rip done in January 2011. Please help seed it for others to download too!