FSI Language Courses
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files are the original, and some of them are a bit old (over 30 years) so some of the information in them may be a bit out of date, but they are still the best free language courses you can find anywhere.
Disclaimer: Live Lingua language school is not affiliated with the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in any way. We simply host this material for free so that it is not lost as part of the Live Lingua Project.
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US Foreign Service Institute Archive Updates
November 29th, 2015
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.
May 23rd, 2015
Got sent a copy of the Polish FAST audios and put them up. Happy learning!
April 9th, 2015
Thanks again to Peter B. via Yojik.eu for getting us the Tagalog audios. Salamat.
April 2nd, 2015
Thanks again to Prof. Silva for another contribution. He just got us copies of the Fula audios.
March 14th, 2015
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.
February 17th, 2015
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.
January 27th, 2015
Got a copy of the Chinyanja Basic course audios courtesy once again of Dr. de Silva in Brazil. Enjoy!
January 27th, 2015
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.
January 13th, 2015
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.
December 30th, 2014
Thanks to Ahmet K. for getting us the FSI Spoken Persian course. It is now online for everybody to use just in time for New Years!
February 13st, 2014
Just noticed today that this FSI language archive did not have the Portuguese material shared. The problem was remedied today and they are now up. Enjoy.
May 1st, 2013
We have stated uploading and adding some public domain Peace Corps language courses and cultural guides to the site as well. Feel free to check them out. They should be done by the end of May, 2013.
April 15th, 2013
We have heard that the original FSI course website has been put back online, but we will continue to host the Foreign Service Course material here at Live Lingua so that there can be a backup in case the original site goes down again.
April 3rd, 2013
We noticed that the original FSI language course website was down. We worked all week to get the free public domain language courses back online so people who were using them could continue to do so. We also updated the look and feel of the pages so that people could use them more easily on mobile devices while using our page.