The FSI (Foreign Service Institute) language courses are arguably the best free language courses available anywhere. The FSI language courses cover over 40 languages from the most spoken in the world to some less well known ones. Some of the language learning material is a bit dated, but it is still possible for someone to learn a huge amount from this material This material is public domain, that means we have put it up at no costs, and with no commercials. Feel free to use and download the PDF files and audios on this page however you would like. All of these files are the original, and some of them are a bit old (over 30 years) so some of the information in them may be a bit out of date, but they are still the best free language courses you can find anywhere.
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A major update has been made to the interface of the FSI courses! The whole area is now mobile friendly and has been designed so that you can read the ebooks and listen to the audios in the same screen on computers and tablets. We even have a cool way to record your voice so you can compare your pronunciation to those of the audios. And best of all... it is still free! Let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got sent a copy of the Polish FAST audios and put them up. Happy learning!
Thanks again to Peter B. via Yojik.eu for getting us the Tagalog audios. Salamat.
Thanks again to Prof. Silva for another contribution. He just got us copies of the Fula audios.
Thanks again to Demi Puppet for getting us the missing Amharic audio files. We have uploaded them and they are ready for you to use.
Thanks again to Demi Puppet for getting us the missing Moré audio files. We have uploaded them and they are ready for you to use.
Got a copy of the Chinyanja Basic course audios courtesy once again of Dr. de Silva in Brazil. Enjoy!
Thanks to Demi Puppet (real name unknown) for getting us the Swahili Active Introduction, Kiruba and Serbo-Croatian Volume 2 audios. They are now up for all to enjoy.
We found out through a comment on an online language forum that we were missing the audios for the FSI French Phonology course. Well, not any more! We went out and got them and uploaded them for everybody to use. If you know of any other public domain FSI material we are missing, please contact us at email@example.com and we will try to get it up right away.