Learn a Language

These digital resources contain encyclopaedias, dictionaries, magazine databases and general reference material covering a wide variety of subjects.


Duolingo is the free science-based language education platform that has organically become the most popular way to learn languages online.

Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges, and records how many days in a row you spend learning a language.

The following 29 languages are available to learn:

  • Chinese
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • High Valyrian
  • Hungarian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Klingon
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Ukranian
  • Vietnamese
  • Welsh

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Learn a language with thousands of video clips of real native speakers, fun and effective games to practice your skills.

Languages available to learn include Mexican Spanish, Spanish, French, German, Japanese (Kanji), Italian, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Turkish, Danish or even English.

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Learn Te Reo Māori

Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori

Tikanga Māori, Whakahuatanga and a selection of online resources to learn te reo Māori suggested by Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission.

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Te Whanake Māori Language Online

This website provides access to a range of free online resources for independent learning and action.

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Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Learn te reo Māori online free for New Zealand residents with Te Wānanga o Raukawa, a tikanga Māori tertiary education provider based in Ōtaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand. The course is NZQA approved at Level 4 and Level 5.

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Learn NZSL

Learn NZSL is a free learning portal on New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). NZSL is the language of New Zealand’s Deaf community and an official language of New Zealand. Whether you’re studying NZSL, trying to connect with a Deaf friend, or just having fun with a new language, Learn NZSL has a lot to offer!

Watch, learn and practise how to use NZSL in common situations, shown as nine topics below. Within each topic, you’ll find plenty of videos, resources and exercises to keep you busy. Go through the topics in sequence to get the full story of Learn NZSL.

Learn Braille

The UEB Online program uses the information and exercises from the Unified English Braille Australian Training Manual, April 2014, Published by the Round Table on Information Access for People with print Disabilities.

The original training manual contained exercises to be completed using a braille machine. This online version replicates using a braille machine but instead uses select keys on a standard computer keyboard to enter braille online.

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Learn Sāmoan

Gagana Sāmoa

The Ministry of Education’s resource, Mua Ō! An introduction to Gagana Sāmoa, has been designed for use by educators in New Zealand, including those who are new to or beginners at Gagana Sāmoa themselves. It is available as a downloadable pdf.

Fāgogo: Fables from Sāmoa

Fāgogo is an oral account told at night to a child after a day’s chores. The Sāmoan fables presented here intend to allow the student of Sāmoan language to learn as a Sāmoan child primarily does – by listening.

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Gagana Sāmoa: Rays of Sound

Rays of Sound is a digital audio bookshelf created by the Learning Language Centre at Victoria University.

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O Luga O Le Motu

A Sāmoan language learning app available for free from the App store for iOS devices.

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