Foreign Service Institute Language Courses

Arabic, Dutch, French, General, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Audio Lessons, Websites

Revised April 11, 2013

Price  Free
Skill Level  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

These Foreign Service Institute language courses were recommended by a reader. I haven’t tried them, but the holdings are extensive and consist of older courses that are now in the public domain. They are also free, so the main risk of using them is to your time, not your wallet.

In February 2013, the site that had long been housing the Foreign Service Institute language courses went down, resulting in a couple of months of panic and anxiety for forlorn language learners across the web, but the courses are now back up on the website of the online language school Live Lingua, which has decided to host them in what strikes me as a rather brilliant marketing maneuver. 

Live Lingua: Keeping the Free FSI Language Courses Alive
Live Lingua: Keeping the Free FSI Language Courses Alive

Comments (2)

Mike Roberts • Posted on Mon, June 10, 2013 - 10:10 pm EST

Some of your readers may be interested in knowing that the original FSI site is back online:
It’s good to know that there are back-up sites now.

Darren • Posted on Mon, April 11, 2016 - 2:39 am EST

It’s been down for two years now. I reinstated the original website so you can access all the content there as well.

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