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Resources Related to World Languages

Learning a new language opens doors to different cultures, perspectives, and ways of thinking, promotes cross-cultural understanding, and connects people across borders. In recognition of National World Language Month, we’re sharing resources that will help students, teachers, and other learners explore world languages. These materials will provide valuable insights, learning tools, and inspiration to embrace the beauty of linguistic diversity.

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Grades K-12


Discover world music spanning more than a hundred years! Select a country, decade, and mood, and stream instantly—no registration required. Use Islands Mode to create thematic playlists across countries or decades.

Grades K-12

Ba Ba Dum

Experience interactive language learning for up to 13 languages, including German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, and Lithuanian. Match images to words, fill in the blanks, or answer multiple choice questions without registration.

Grades K-12


Turn your videos into interactive games to teach world languages, including American Sign Language. Create an account, add classes and students, and assign videos from a vast library or upload your own. Students access the games with a code.

Grades K-12


Narakeet lets you upload a script and choose from 500+ realistic text-to-speech voices to create audio or a video without registration. Choose a world language and voice; upload a file, text, or slides; then download the converted file.

Grades K-12

Microsoft Translator for Education

Try this real-time language translation tool for conversations and text. For conversations, click Start, enter your name and language, and share the code so participants can join. The text translator has 100+ languages while the audio offers 50+.

Grades K-12

Text to Speech Reader

Drag, upload, or paste text files to instantly convert your text to speech. You can choose from many voice and world language options and can control the audio playback speed. Use the upload icon to save the file to your device.

Grades 1-12


Duolingo offers free, game-based online language learning for Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, and more. Sign up with your email and earn points to master levels through reading, listening, translation, and spelling practice.

Grades 3-12

Coffee Break Languages

Dive into language learning with free, bite-sized podcasts (15–20 minutes). Select from ten available languages, then choose one of four levels from beginner to advanced. Subscribe to the podcasts on your favorite platform.

Grades 4-12

Lingo Hut

Elevate your language skills with visual and audio lessons in Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and more! Each lesson provides tutorials, vocabulary lists, common phrases, and games. Use the microphone feature to practice speaking.

Grades 4-12


Immerse yourself in language acquisition set to your favorite tunes through this fun, interactive platform. Browse top lyrics or new additions, select a video, then choose a difficulty level from filling every word to multiple-choice responses.

Grades 5-12


TeachVid offers immersive videos for world language learning that include subtitles, transcripts, games, and interactive activities to make learning more accessible. Free accounts provide featured resources and the ability to create five videos yourself.

Grades 6-12


Speakable uses AI to analyze speech and provide real-time feedback to help you improve pronunciation and speaking skills across languages. Sign up for a free teacher account using your Google or Clever login or enter an email address.

Grades 6-12

FSI Language Courses

Delve into world language learning with these comprehensive language courses that utilize public domain materials. Choose from commonly learned languages like Spanish or French, or select a lesser-known language like Amharic or Yoruba.

Grades 8-12

Worldcrunch - All News Is Global

Worldcrunch brings global perspectives together by translating news from respected world outlets into English. Founded by a former New York Times correspondent and French media collaborator, this tool offers an international lens on current events.

This Week at TeachersFirst

We cordially invite you to attend our free OK2Ask virtual workshop this Tuesday to kick off our spring series! Additionally, we’re sharing a blog post related to world languages and a curated collection of resources about Ramadan.

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Tuesday, 3/26, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Build a Google Site in a Day!

Google Sites is a free and easy tool that lets you build and publish websites in minutes. Join this workshop to build the confidence and skills you need to create your own Google Site and effectively use it as a digital learning environment!

Learn to use Google Sites for instruction and student projects »

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Infusing Technology Blog

Celebrate National Foreign Language Month

Use technology and content related to students’ interests to build cultural awareness, flexible thinking skills, and inclusivity with the tools shared in this blog post! Learn how to integrate Flip, Immersive Reader, and more into instruction.

Learn about free tech tools in this blog post »

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Discover the significance of Ramadan, its timing, purpose, and observances

TeachersFirst's Ramadan Resources

This diverse collection offers a comprehensive exploration of Ramadan and Islamic traditions. Resources cater to all grades and shed light on intriguing topics like traditional foods, children's festivals, and even White House celebrations.

Immerse yourself in a wealth of information about this sacred time »

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