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Facts, phrases and alphabets of the 20 languages most widely spoken in the world


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An overview of languages spoken across the British Isles

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School languages

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French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese

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Online video

Interactive video dramas for beginners

*Mi Vida Loca
Real Spanish, real drama. BAFTA 2009: Interactive Innovation

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Real Italian, real adventure

Video tutorials for beginners
Talk French, Spanish, Italian, German, Greek, Portuguese and Real Chinese
Short videos plus phrases and activities

Beyond beginners


Ma France
Interactive course with French short documentaries


Languages for children


The Lingo Show
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Languages in sport


Gary Lineker and other sports personalities talk about languages in their careers

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