Learn a Language with YouTube – 30 Channels You Can’t Miss

(Update: The list is growing thanks to readers’ input, so there are more than 30 now.)

I recently posted a list linking to hundreds of free language courses. I think it’s vital to look for free language instruction since a) so much of it is available and b) most people only have limited money to spend on materials.

So in that spirit, here are more free resources: YouTube channels with language instruction.

I tried to limit the list to channels that provide actual instruction. The two videos on my channel, for example, only have me chatting in foreign languages and speaking generally about language learning and my own progress, so my channel doesn’t qualify.

I also tried as much as possible to find channels that were independently owned and maintained. There’s a lot of great, slick YouTube videos published by corporations. But YouTube is unique in that it provides a place where individuals with good things to offer can easily produce their own content.

Multiple Languages

Easy Languages – German, Spanish, Arabic, Croatian, English, Thai, Afrikaans, French, Dutch, Filipino

Innovative Language Learning – (Too many languages to list)

Travel Linguist – (Too many languages to list)

Nathaniel Dick – Khmer, Chinese

Professor Jason – Spanish and Portuguese

Extras (va Diabl2v) – German and French episodes on this channel (with more episodes/languages scattered throughout YouTube)


Learn Arabic with Maha


Learn Bulgarian Easily

Chinese (Mandarin)

Dani Wang


Czech – Behind the Mountain


Danish Lessons for English Speakers


English with Jennifer

American Slang with Philochko


Farsi Wizard


Learn French with Vincent

French with Jennifer


Deutsch für Euch


Learn Italian with Lucrezia

One World Italiano


Tim Cosgrove



Sweet and Tasty


Learn Norwegian Naturally

Jana Fadness


Street Smart Brazil


Learn Romanian with Nico


Butterfly Spanish

Spanish is Your Amigo


Go Swedish


Pick Up Thai


Roman Bogach


Learn Vietnamese with Annie


Any YouTube channels I missed? Let me know about them in the comments.

  • Amy Estrada

    Great offering Ron, thank you! I’m looking forward to checking some of these out. And if you ever happen on any good channels for learning Tagalog let me know. It’s on my radar!

    • http://www.languagesurfer.com/ Ron G.

      Great, thanks, Amy! I saw that “Travel Linguist” and “Easy Languages” had some Tagalog/Filipino videos. Looked pretty decent. Let me know how learning it goes for you. I want to learn some myself, but I’m trying to stay focused on my German goal. Too many languages, not enough time. :)

  • Hitrizie

    Great post, Ron:-) Thanks a lot:-) Just wanna add one more source: Extra , available in German , French, and Spanish as far as I know:-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCiugQUxcKA

    • http://www.languagesurfer.com/ Ron G.

      Awesome, thanks for sharing, Hitri! Another good resource, for sure.

  • Roman Bogach

    Nice! Feel free to add my channel. It is dedicated to learning Ukrainian. Have a look:


    • http://www.languagesurfer.com/ Ron G.

      Perfect! Will definitely add.

  • Ana Guardia

    This guy I like a lot: kind of funny, good energy. On Facebook he has a word of the day that has help me learn some very wichtig words :)


    • http://www.languagesurfer.com/ Ron G.

      Okay, great! Thanks for passing along. :)

  • James Hall

    Hey you missed Semantica’s Portuguese channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk4LSOcfK_6lE3afDCmhNug

  • Philip

    These are some Russian lessons on YouTube. They’re aimed at children and the pace is maddeningly slow. But, they give slow and steady explanations about how to write the Russian script and they are decent size lessons.

    Oh, there are Spanish and Mandarin lessons too, also from Dallas Schools. I can’t vouch for them, but they look similar.

  • Philip

    Polish – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23J1bGXm020

    This guy has loads of videos of various lengths for learning Polish. Mostly it’s for higher level students, but there are a few bits that are suitable for beginners.

  • Philip

    An honourable mention for Polish. The production standards are first class. It’s a shame that the project wasn’t more ambitious. If this was a full course with structured lessonns it would be amazing.

    • http://www.languagesurfer.com/ Ron G.

      Great, thanks for the links!

  • lugosi96

    For German GetGermanized is the best choice 😀

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  • dhowell09

    Haha! Professor Jason is a teacher at my college. It’s both funny and awesome to see him on the list 😛

    • http://www.languagesurfer.com/ Ron G.

      Haha, very cool! He does great work. Talented guy and communicates ideas well.

  • Amel Selwanes


    you want to learn Arabic and Egyptian Arabic. Please check my channel on youtube


















  • Quentin T

    This American youtuber has really good videos and he makes subtitles in English and French, and is in the process of crowd-sourcing subtitles for other languages to make it accessible around the world.

  • http://learnesty.teachable.com Rachel

    This is my own channel to help beginners in French, feel free to add it to the list if you think it’s relevant.
    It’s a pretty new channel, so I haven’t uploaded many videos yet, but there will be more to come soon. I’ve been making these for a while to help my own students and I thought, why now share them with everyone else?
    Any feedback is more than welcome :)

  • Grace Smith

    German with Jenny is great for English speakers who want to learn German!

  • curtf

    For people who are serious about Russian, there are dozens of videos here with brief, clear explanations of tricky grammar points, done by a teacher with 14 years of experience. http://www.youtube.com/user/russiangrammar

  • Kerry A K Francis

    I am currently working on my German, Thank you you for sharing your tips. For anyone learning Spanish or English pop over to my cannel. I hope you will find something useful. Good Luck on you language journey! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZTPEuXKCno9d9ctCWH5n1w