Previously I explained how reading subtitles while watching TV shows or movies helps enormously with foreign language comprehension. I wanted to expand on the Listening & Reading method – because it is what I use foremost when studying languages – and list some freely available resources where you can find text and audio in several languages.
When I first started learning languages in the mid 90’s, audio was an expensive component of language resources and even when cassettes or CDs were provided, the recordings were limited to an hour or so of common phrases and simple dialog. It was never enough to progress beyond the beginning stage. Luckily the internet and the ease with which materials can be accessed and downloaded changed all that – especially concerning materials in the public domain.
Below are websites with free and/or public domain audio files and transcripts to download for your personal use. There’s never any reason to spend hundreds of dollars on language courses!
Free Peace Corps Language Learning Materials: Over 100 Languages Available
How to Learn Languages by Reading Interlinear Books
iTunes U Materials and MOOCs Available in Languages Other than English
Free Children's Books Apps in Foreign Languages
Comparative and Multilingual Books for Learning Languages Simultaneously [UPDATED OCT 2014]
Pronunciator: Free Vocabulary & Phrases in 60 Languages