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Spanish Mama

If you're interested in raising a child fluent in Spanish, this is a good place to start. The blog has loads of great ideas, and her Teachers Pay Teachers store has all sorts of printable materials. There are also links to videos, songs, games and more. Try out some of the free downloads to see what you think of the learning materials.

Talkbox.Mom

This program takes a different approach to language learning. Use the everyday phrases in the book to begin speaking the language in your home, and develop fluency over time. Books are available for Spanish, French, and German at reasonable prices, and purchase includes downloadable audio to help with pronunciation. 

Chatterbug

Online language program that combines computer lessons and live tutor sessions. The lessons and tutor sessions are tailored to each student so they get efficient practice and progress quickly. The price is higher than strictly online programs, but considering the cost of individual tutoring, still pretty reasonable.

Language Zen

This online Spanish learning system includes a feature allowing you to learn from lyrics of pop songs, along with the usual computer-based language learning activities. Nearly all features are available for free (with ads and limited times per day.) Or you can pay a small subscription fee for complete access.

Radio Lingua

An online language learning program with complete courses in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese. There are also introductory materials in several other languages. The program includes video and audio lessons and lesson notes in pdf form. You can access the audio lessons for free on iTunes or Spotify, and there are sample lessons available to try out the program.

Rocket Langauges

Language learning program with audio lessons, reinforcement activities, voice recognition, and grammar and culture lessons. This looks like a very thorough and affordable curriculum. The only thing lacking (compared to most other online language programs) is the photos, so visual learners may have difficulty.

Powerspeak

An online language learning system. Courses in French, Spanish, Chinese, German, and Latin for grades 3 through 12. You can choose independent study, or pay extra for teacher support.

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