Can I still learn a new language now that I’m older?

Yes! It’s easiest to pick new skills up when we’re young, this has been proven, but who says the challenge can’t be rewarding and fun even now? Whether you’re planning on moving abroad, going on holiday or even just to expand your  mind, learning a new language can be very useful.

In fact, learning anew language when your older has never been easier. Firstly, technology has come on leaps and bounds since we were last staring at a blackboard in school. Secondly, with most of us having more available spare time, it’s much easier to get practise in.

Learning a language online

The rise of the internet means there are a host of free resources out there for learning a language. Just a quick google with present you with hundreds of sites offering useful phrases and quick lessons. For more structured learning (the recommended approach), the below are the most well known resources.

Free – Duo lingo is one of the most popular learning platforms online and is completely free. The game-style approach means that it’s easier to learn, memorise and recall. It tracks your progress and assigns motivating rewards based on progress. You can use it on your desktop or on your phone with the exceptionally good app.


Paid – Babbel is similar to duolingo but has more of a ‘lesson’ feel. It also costs around £5 a month. You can get a free course, so try it out and see which you like better! The website and app are both great experiences – Rosetta stone has been around for a long time, and their traditional CD packages have moved online. It is probably the most in depth and contextual of the online resources, benefiting serious students who are dedicated to learning. It is also fairly expensive – expect to pay £150-200 for a 12 month subscription.

Find a tutor

Alternatively, find a tutor in your area who can help you face to face. Supplemented with the learning materials above, you could really power through a language! Use these sites to fined a tutor near you.