Links to Recommended Arabic and Russian Language Learning Resources

I can remember when I first became interested in learning languages. At the risk of giving away my age, that was before the dawn of the Internet era! Finding language learning materials was nothing as easy as it is today. I had several penpals, and we would send each other magazines and pages from newspapers and correct each other’s letters. Whenever I went into the city (San Francisco), I would, without fail, swing by an international news stand and pick up German, French, and Turkish newspapers (I hadn’t started learning Arabic or Russian at that point). And then I’d spend the next month reading every article in those papers, interesting or not, because that’s all the reading materials I would have for months at a time. For listening practice, I asked for and got a transistor radio for Christmas one year. I would, usually in vain, try to find a broadcast in a foreign language and see how much I could understand.

Fast forward thirty years and we now find ourselves in a time where resources are abundant, and often free, thanks to the miracle of the Internet. Now, if anything, the problem is the deluge of choices. While there is a plethora of amazing websites, learning materials, and resources in numerous languages on the Web nowadays, there are also a lot of mediocre, abandoned projects out there, and wading through them trying to find what you need can be a real time suck. 

Over the years, I’ve been bookmarking impressive websites… online courses, reference materials, tools for learning Arabic, Russian, and languages in general, as well as awesome YouTube channels. I’ve now started going through all of these links, which I’ve organized on by category, along with descriptions. I’ve already added over a hundred links, and I’ll be adding more over the coming months, and I will continue to add new links as I discover them. All of the links are personally recommended, the point being to favor quality over quantity. I didn’t just list every possible link I could find. These are sites I have visited and used and think you might find useful and interesting, if you don’t know about them already. And if you know other awesome sites or resources that you think I should include, send me an email and I’ll check it out.

The links pages can be accessed below or on the site’s main menu.

I hope you find the link pages useful and that you discover a hidden gem among them that helps you on your language learning journey!


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