My free 10 week YouTube course is designed to help you to learn any language from scratch in 10 weeks. If you already know which language you are going to be learning that is fantastic! If it's any of the languages listed below then there is a separate page for you with lots of extra resources and ideas to help you learn that language as you pursue my course on YouTube.

Romance languages: Spanish, French, Italian

Germanic languages: German, Dutch

As time goes on I'll add more resources and more languages so keep checking back on this page for more info. If your language isn't on here don't worry - just search the skill I'm asking you to learn that week on YouTube eg 'Arabic numbers' or 'Question words in Korean' and you should find loads of resources to help you. Even if you're learning a language that I have an extra page on don't forget this is a teach yourself course - I'm only telling you want you need to learn and it's your job to learn it as you see fit!

Now I want to focus on the rest of you. The ones who don't know which language they want to learn but are clear that they want to learn a language. Firstly, don't despair. In some ways you are in a really fortunate position because if you don't know immediately what language you are going to learn then you clearly don't 'have' to do what you are about to do for any external reason what so ever. There is actually a huge amount of power in this. If you feel that you 'have' to do something to enhance a relationship or get or keep a job etc then suddenly there is a lot of pressure associated with that so whilst it is awesome in terms of the potential motivational kick it is also pretty daunting unless you develop the habits of a great language learner. For you though, you're free of all of this stress! You are learning a language for your own internal reasons. This is incredible! It also means that you get a free pick of all of the languages on this actual planet! So, what should you pick? That depends entirely on what you are looking for from this challenge!

If you are this deep into my website and have read this far there must be something in you that is hugely intrigued by language learning. Your first job is to try and work out what that is. Are you interested in 'cracking a code' and taking on a monumental challenge? If so, whilst I haven't tried them yet, I would suggest picking a language with a radically different writing system to our own such as Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese or Korean. These languages are ideally suited to people who are motivated by code cracking because their written systems are absolutely impenetrable to those of us used to writing in the Roman alphabet and, because none of them are closely related to English the grammar and syntax rules are really different too. In short, they are a great place to start if you want it tough!

Does all this talk of 'code cracking' make language learning sound about as much fun as the stereotypical algebra lesson on a Friday afternoon? If so, try to figure out what it is that turns you off this approach? This might get you closer to discovering what you might want out of your language learning. Perhaps it is that you want to travel and you want to pick a language that will help you 'get by' in a large range of countries where the levels of English speaking isn't necessarily as high as it is in Europe. If this is you then the quirks and dubious moral reality of European almost global domination from the 17th to the 20th Century mean there are two languages (three if you include English but you're clearly ok with that!) crying out to you: French and Spanish. The choice then simply comes down to where you want to travel or which culture interests you more out of Africa (French) and Central and South America (Spanish). Do some research and take your pick! Also, please, please, please don't be put off because you did 'badly' at school in these languages or you 'hated' them. That was then. This is now. Adopt a great mindset and get the habits in play and you'll be smashing French or Spanish in no time - they are actually 'Level 1' languages which means they are in the 'easy' category according to the US government! Result!

My final recommendation is that you pick one of the languages that had the most impact on the development of early and modern English. Whatever other languages I have studied I've always been drawn back to the Germanic languages the largest of which are German (obviously!), Dutch, Swedish, Danish, 'Norwegian' (Norwegian is actually more of a collection of just about mutually intelligible accents than a language! I'll blog about this at some point!) and Icelandic. The awesome thing with all of these languages is the fascinating similarities they have with one another and with English. You get constant 'Wow' moments like when I discovered that the word 'Sky' was the Danish word for cloud! Our weather is so dreadful that our perpetually clouded skies were eventually known as clouds and the old Germanic word of Himmel (which is where we get Heaven from) disappeared from English but is retained in some cognate form in all these other related languages. Plus you get to learn sentences that basically sound like English in an accent! Dutch is the best for this. Check this out:

"Open de deur! Er is een muis in mijn huis."

If you try to say that in your worst cross between a Geordie and a Scottish accent you'll have just said "Open the door! There is a mouse in my house." in Dutch! You will never get these insane similarities outside of the Germanic languages and I love them for it. Plus they are all really, really unfashionable to learn. Everyone does French and Spanish so there's something a little rebellious about learning German. Try learning Dutch or any of the Scandinavian languages and everyone will tell you it's an utter waste of time as 'everyone there speaks English'. That is an undoubted fact. Nearly everyone does speak English. But that is why I love learning them. It annoys other people and shows that you're not motivated by anything other than a love of learning languages. Plus, it also means that the people in these countries are blown away if you speak their language. I can speak from experience that in Amsterdam I was greeted in disbelief wherever I went. Granted it takes about eight replies in Dutch from you to get them to stop speaking English back to you but if you keep persisting it will happen. Plus, given how small a language Dutch is Youtube is disproportionately full of amazing teaching resources. Therefore, if aren't sure what language you should learn but you know you want to learn one my answer is simple...

Learn Dutch!