This Internet is ripe with wonderful offers this weekend during the “Black Friday” rush of deals that you'll get before Christmas, and Team Fi3M has been searching for the best sales relevant to language learning just for you. Enjoy today's wide selection of the best of the best in language learning resources and in prices for those resources! Most of these deals are only good this weekend so get them quick! 😉
I've collaborated with all of the companies below to get you the best possible deal for the Black Friday weekend. I have used resources from each company and can confirm that it is quality stuff that is worth the investment, especially when it's on offer. Click the links below and you'll get a better deal than anywhere else (discount codes are added in automatically only through these specially made links, and you'll support Fi3m through affiliate connections – thanks!)
Innovative Language Podcasts: 51% off subscriptions
I have tried out several language learning podcasts, but have found that the Innovative Language series stands out as the best quality for almost every language. I can recommend all of the ones below, as they follow the same format of separating their lessons into levels that follow the CEFR scale pretty closely. This lets you ease yourself in as a beginner, but discard the lessons as they get too easy and move on to harder ones.
This format has been great to help me move up a level – I recommend pushing yourself and listening to the level higher than where you are now! You'll never find it boring this way, and always be challenged, but learning. Each podcast is made more fun with entertaining presenters and culturally relevant topics.
I also had the chance to visit their main office in Tokyo, and I can confirm that the people behind the company are great, and very passionate about language learners. When you sign up to their course for the language you are learning and see the English news edition, you’ll find an interview they had with me back in February/March with my best tips for beginners.
Click the podcast website below relevant to your target language, and enjoy! With the discount implemented in these links you get 51% off the normal price for any subscription. This is an especially good deal for their longer-term subscriptions – well worth it considering the consistent fun podcasts uploaded in each language.
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Amazon Kindle E-readers up to 40% off
I am subscribed to Le Monde, Die Zeit and El País newspapers, and I have the Send to Kindle plugin in my browser for any foreign article I like the look of online. Then when on my Kindle, the language of what I'm reading is automatically recognized (great for a polyglot who wants to learn multiple languages!) and if I click any word that I don't recognize, it gets translated instantly, even when offline 🙂
Note that you need to buy the appropriate dictionary first (usually just a couple of dollars). For my best languages, I don't use the bilingual dictionaries but the French-French, German-German and Spanish-Spanish dictionaries instead. I learn while I read, and the Kindle (unlike my computer screen) is designed to be very easy on the eyes and the resolution makes it look like a normal book.
Having said that, I got my Paperwhite a year ago for about $160. Now the newer version is on sale for $99. And the cheapest device, simply called “the Kindle”, also with a touch screen is only $49. Highly recommended that you get your hands on one this weekend before the price goes back up.
Otherwise, when you are ordering your language learning books for Christmas, or the upcoming New Year's Resolution rush, make sure to have Kindle Prime to get all your language books priority shipped to you to arrive within two days.
Skritter – Chinese/Japanese character learning app: 33% off
In my first Chinese project, I just wanted to learn how to speak it. But now that I'm doing long term gradual improvement, I of course want to learn how to recognize and write Chinese characters. And lucky for me, Skritter has just come out with its Android app (the iPhone app has been around for much longer).
I've been testing it out and absolutely love it – it makes learning the characters so much more interesting than those tedious books that have empty spaces for you to copy the initial character template, using swipe technology on your phone to make it more interactive. In my case, I'm not as concerned with stroke order, so I can turn such things off to customize it to be how I like it. And of course, it works for Chinese Hanzi traditional and simplified and Japanese Kanji.
It's a great tool that makes you feel like you're holding a magic wand as you practice characters, implements the spaced repetition system and has loads of other features. And until Monday, Skritter is 33% off. Enjoy the offer by clicking the link below to have the discount code applied automatically.
Glossika: 30-40% off
Mike (a.k.a. Glossika on Youtube) is a fellow polyglot and one I collaborated with in the Skype Me Maybe music video, as well as during my Chinese project when we made a video chatting in Mandarin together. He is best known on Youtube for sounding exactly like he was born and raised in Taiwan, even though he is a westerner. He also heads a series of language courses, that are actually designed to be used to intensively learn a language to fluency in 3 months!
I'll be testing them out myself and reviewing them on the blog soon! In the mean time, just until Monday his well established products are on sale at 30% off, and a series of new languages are getting released on Monday, so you can buy them at the pre-release price of 40% off, only this weekend. Click the Glossika link to find out.