Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Free Language Courses: Foreign Service Institute

The Foreign Service Institute has a fairly plain and simple web site, but it offers a wide variety of language courses for free. Both texts (PDF files) and MP3s are offered. There are, for example, 72 lessons for Greek and 40 for Hebrew. It is modern language, of course, and the texts are rather old (1967 for the typewritten Greek), but they may be useful. (Where else will you get Amharic instruction?) Here's the site description, and the list of languages offered. UPDATED LINK: FSI Language Courses
Welcome to, the home for language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute. These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain.

This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format. This site is not affiliated in any way with any government entity; it is an independent, non-profit effort to foster the learning of worldwide languages. Courses here are made available through the private efforts of individuals who are donating their time and resources to provide quality materials for language learning.
HT: Theological German


  1. Wow! Thannks for the link to the FSI! I did the FSI Hebrew course some years ago, but I had to pay a lot for the printed books and tapes. I had no idea you could download the Hebrew text and MP3s for free!

  2. Hi,
    Just a small note. The old FSI course you linked to above has been down for about 6 months. All the public domain courses have been put back up however at:

    I hope this helps.