FSI Language Courses

Welcome to fsi-language-courses.org - the home for language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute.

These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain.

This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format. This site is not affiliated in any way with any government entity; it is an independent, non-profit effort to foster the learning of worldwide languages. Courses here are made available through the private efforts of individuals who are donating their time and resources to provide quality materials for language learning.


Website back up.

April 13, 2013

The site has been down for two months to the day. Our sincerest apologies to the language learning community.

On the bright side, there are now other sources for these materials:

Please bookmark these sites as well. It's nice not to be to sole torch carrier on the web.

Catching Up

January 16, 2011

The following texts have been posted over the months since this page's last update:

  • FSI - Adapting and Writing Language Lessons
  • FSI - Portuguese Programmatic Course - Volume 1 (Full Text)
  • FSI - Portuguese Programmatic Course - Volume 2 (Full Text)
  • FSI - Spanish FAST
  • FSI - Swahili An Active Introduction - General Conversation
  • FSI - Swahili An Active Introduction - Geography
  • FSI - Vietnamese Familiarization Course
  • FSI - Kirundi Basic Course
  • FSI - Brazilian Portuguese FAST
  • FSI - French Bridges
  • DLI - Korean Headstart
  • FSI - Polish FAST
Also, the audio for the first 32 lessons of French Sub-Saharan FAST, as well as both the text and audio for German FAST, have been posted.

Many thanks to Oberon for all the above, as well as Martin Styles for the updated audio for Italian FAST.

Various Updates

April 16, 2010

There have been several updates over the last few months. They include:

More coming soon.

New Material

January 29, 2010

Spanish Headstart for Puerto Rico is now available as well as the text for Headstart for the Philippines.

New Material

November 12, 2009

The texts for the French and Italian Headstart courses are now available.  Russian FAST has also been added.

New Text

September 12, 2009

The text for Bulgarian Basic, Volume 2 is now available.  Also, the bookmarks in Volume 1 have been updated.  Many thanks to Oberon!


August 23, 2009

Last week, it was discovered that the forum located at the original site was generating a script that creates a hidden frame which contains a link to a known malware site.  That forum has since been shutdown.

However, the same script has recently been detected in other areas of that site.  You should not visit the original site unless you have disabled javascript (or just use the noscript plugin on Firefox).

New Forum

August 23, 2009

This site's forum is now open. Please read the guidelines before posting.

New Audio

July 27, 2009

DemiPuppet has provided the following audio:

  • French Headstart for Belgium
  • German Headstart
  • Italian Headstart

Updated Audio

June 23, 2009

MartinS has provided better quality audio files for the Korean Basic Course. See the Revision Notes for more details.

He's also provided a cleaned up version of Tape 9.1 of the German Basic Course.

And last, but not least, DemiPuppet has provided audio for Volume 2 of the Spanish Basic Course!

New Material

May 27, 2009

DemiPuppet has provided the following material:

  • Italian FAST - Text and Audio
  • Lingala Basic Course - Audio
  • Headstart for Latin America (Spanish) - Text and Audio

Updated Audio

April 26, 2009

Audio for the French Basic Course (Units 1-18) has been updated with a new, improved version.  Thanks, once again, to DemiPuppet!

New Material

April 24, 2009

Audio for Bulgarian Volume 2 and the Shona Basic Course is now available.  Thanks, as always, to DemiPuppet!

Bulgarian Audio Added

March 12, 2009

Audio files (once again provided by DemiPuppet) have been posted for Volume 1 of the Bulgarian Basic Course.  An updated text is also posted.

Improved Audio

February 21, 2009

DemiPuppet has provided higher quality audio for the Cantonese Basic Course - Volume 1.

New Audio

January 31, 2009

Audio for the Yoruba Basic Course is now available, thanks to onebir!

New Material

January 17, 2009

Posted the texts for Modern Written Arabic Volume 3 and Serbo-Croatian Basic Volume 2. Thanks once again to DemiPuppet!

Also posted the audio for Serbo-Croatian Volume 1. Thanks to liddytime!

Uploaded more OCRed files from DemiPuppet. They are:

  • FSI - From Spanish to Portuguese - Student Text
  • FSI - Luganda Basic Course - Instructor and Student Text
  • FSI - Serbo-Croatian Basic Course - Volume 1 - Student Text
  • FSI - Swedish Basic Course - Student Text

Odds and Ends

January 14, 2009

Uploaded new OCRed files from DemiPuppet. They are:

  • German Basic Course - Volume 1 - Student Text
  • German Basic Course - Volume 2 - Student Text
  • Le Monde Francophone - Student Text
  • Spanish Basic Course - Volume 1 - Student Text
  • Spanish Basic Course - Volume 2 - Student Text
  • Spanish Programmatic Course - Volume 1 - Instructor Manual
  • Spanish Programmatic Course - Volume 1 - Student Text
  • Spanish Programmatic Course - Volume 1 - Workbook
  • Spanish Programmatic Course - Volume 2 - Instructor Manual
  • Spanish Programmatic Course - Volume 2 - Workbook

Also, added the text for Serbo-Croatian Basic - Volume One.  More material coming soon.

New Look

January 3, 2009

Decided to change the look of the site to a more "FSI" feel. Hopefully, I haven't gone too far with it.

Also, updated the Spanish To Portuguese audio, fixed a broken link (German Programmatic Introduction Unit 10 Tape 2), and began linking to some off-site material. Still working on the forum.

Updated Texts

December 31, 2008

DemiPuppet has kindly provided OCRed versions of the Finnish, French, Greek, and Hungarian texts.