Instagram app on an iPhone

The 22 Best Instagram Language Learning Accounts

Did you know that Instagram has over 2 billion monthly active users?

That’s a lot of photos, captions and hashtags.

And it’s all available in more than 30 languages!

You can search for two types of Instagram accounts: native speaker accounts, in which the user is using Instagram in the normal way but in another language, and language learning specific Instagram accounts, in which the user wants to teach you their language.

So if you’re addicted to Instagram and want to use it as an awesome language tool, here’s how to take advantage of the platform in terms of tackling learning a new language and a new culture.

Read on to learn about XX of my personal favorite foreign-language Instagram accounts.

Contents

1. Italian: A Casa Di Cindy

A Casa di Cindy screenshot

This is a charming Italian account filled with gorgeous photographs on subjects that almost anyone would find pleasing. Think pets, cooking, scenery and you’ll get the idea. This is a perfect spot to pick up basic Italian vocabulary that can be used in everyday conversation.

2. Spanish: Madrid en tus manos

Madrid en tus manos screenshot

This is an absolutely gorgeous account that Spanish learners will love. Visually appealing is an understatement! This Instagrammer brings the sights, sounds and tastes of Madrid to the screen, and shows all the amazing beauty of this incredible city to its followers—and no one even has to leave home to see any of it!

3. French: French Words Journal

French Words Journal screenshot

This account is a cultural delight run by Julien Azarian, a French native who lives in Paris. With captions in both French and English it’s a visually-satisfying way to take French language learning to the next level.

4. Japanese: Japanese with Dylan Senpai

Japanese with Dylan Senpai screenshot

Dylan Senpai is a funny and charming Japanese native who really takes the time to make his posts visually appealing and fun to interact with. He does a word of the day and provides a lot of very useful miniature Japanese language lessons that are fun to watch.

5. Chinese: Bite-sized Chinese

Screenshot of Bite-sized Chinese

This fun and well designed account gives mini-lessons in all aspects of Chinese, from grammar to vocabulary to cultural norms and traditions. The content seems to be super useful for daily life, so you’re not learning a bunch of stuff that will never come up in real life.

6. Italian: Intrepid Italian

Intrepid Italian screenshot

Friendly Italian teacher Michelle always keeps the energy high on her account, Intrepid Italian. She also includes a great mix of more standard Instagram fare like gorgeous photos of Italian villages with more traditional language lessons. A recent good post was “Top Three Tricky Sounds.”

7. Spanish: Spain Says

Spain Says screenshot

Spain Says is all text-based, but that doesn’t make it any less fun of an account. Each day, the account posts a saying in Spanish, with some cultural and contextual explanation if needed. A recent funny post says: “In Spain, we don’t say ‘something important happened,’ we say “¡Tía!, tía, tía!”

8. Italian: Italian Matters

Italian Matters screenshot

Charming and friendly Italian teacher Margherita Berti runs this account with love. She regularly posts mini-language lessons of all kinds, from going over pronouns in Italian to explaining how to say “thank you” in Italian.

9. Russian: Russian Doll School

Russian Doll School screenshot

This friendly Russian teacher is based in Istanbul. She regularly updates her page with informative and easy to understand Russian language lessons. Using mostly short video lessons, she always infuses Russian and Turkish culture into her lessons, which makes them super interesting.

10. French: French Words

French Words screenshot

This is a wildly popular account, with more than 580,000 followers who check in every day to learn a new French word, quote or expression. It’s the language-focused counterpart of French Words Journal, mentioned above.

Phrases range from the commonplace—Quoi de neuf? (What’s new?)—to the racy—S’envoyer en l’air (Get laid; although the literal meaning is to throw oneself in the air). All have pronunciation guides, so whatever is posted can be readily vocalized.

11. Italian: Italian Words

Italian Words screenshot

This account features a daily Italian word or phrase. The authentic expressions aren’t only entertaining but are also often socially relevant. La Marcia Delle Donne (Women’s March) and mai soli (never alone) were two recent posts. Both garnered hundreds of “likes.”

12. Spanish: How to Spanish

How To Spanish screenshot

This Instagram account tickles the funny bone. It’s a compilation of everyday expressions that are demonstrated with memes and video clips. It is, quite simply, a fast, fun way to acquire Spanish.

“Tengo un departamento en Manhattan” (“I’ve got a condo in Manhattan”) is a post presented by none other than a dancing Bruno Mars. And “Llegas tarde” (“You’re late”) lets Judge Judy hammer the expression home. Watch it for the fun of it. You’ll learn without even trying.

13. English: English with Adriana

English with Adriana screenshot

This account teaches slang, common phrases and pronunciation. This Australian English educator keeps it simple, clean and uncomplicated. It’s a great spot for basic-level English language learners.

14. Russian: IrastudyRU

IrastudyRU screenshot

This account highlights Russian grammar and vocabulary using illustrations similar to those found in conventional schoolrooms. It’s a clear, concise account that focuses on the fundamentals of the Russian language.

15. Portuguese: Portuguese with Leo

Learn Portuguese with Leo screenshot

Leo teaches the European variety of Portuguese with grace and style. His approachable style and easy to understand lessons will keep you wanting more content. He always makes sure to include cultural aspects into his language lessons (things like soccer and Portuguese celebrities), so you gain a deeper understanding of the country, too.

16. Korean: Korean Class 101

Korean Class 101 screenshot

This helpful account provides regularly updated mini-lessons dealing with all aspects of Korean, including culture and food. It also includes excellent graphics, so visual learners can easily build up new vocabulary words. A recent post taught users the names of the animals in the Chinese zodiac in Korean.

17. Russian: Russian Words Daily

Russian Words Daily screenshot

This account is an absolute go-to account for Russian language learners. The words and phrases are basic and come with pronunciation guides. This account offers great potential for building a foundational vocabulary.

18. Portuguese: Learn Portuguese Daily

Learn Portuguese Daily screenshot

Learn Portuguese Daily is another account that helps build a good vocabulary, but this one even includes some texting shortcuts in addition to words and phrases. Each post is accompanied by explanatory captions in Portuguese, English and sometimes Spanish.

19. Japanese: Learn Japanese

Learn Japanese screenshot

This is a vocabulary-building account. There are illustrations rather than photographs on this account. The illustrations are inventive and fun—and apply perfectly to whatever word or phrase they showcase. A bonus with this account is that it includes kanji, which is great as that’s often a hurdle for Japanese language learners.

20. English: To Fluency

To Fluency screenshot

Friendly English teacher Jack shares clever riddles about phrasal verbs and publishes videos about combinations of different words used in different contexts. He always changes up the subject, from grammar and pronouns to vocabulary and cultural lessons, so his users never get bored. That’s how he’s racked up almost 100,000 followers.

21. German: Days of Deutsch

Days of Deutsch screenshot

This clever account teaches German one word with one picture each day. The simple format really works well on Instagram, and having the photo accompany each new vocabulary word means that you’re much more likely to remember it.

22. Finnish: Finking Cap

Finking Cap screenshot

Friendly Finnish teacher Emmi posts regularly about expressions and idioms, grammar and lots of new Finnish vocabulary. Emmi knows that not many people study Finnish, so she keeps things interesting and fun on her account. I personally love her personality and unique Finnish sense of humor.

FluentU takes authentic videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.

You can try FluentU for free for 2 weeks. Check out the website or download the iOS app or Android app.

P.S. Click here to take advantage of our current sale! (Expires at the end of this month.)

FluentU Ad

How to Maximize Your Insta-learning

Interact with Others!

Interaction with other Instagrammers is invaluable for language learners. The ability to exchange opinions and share ideas in this global format is a communication boost that many language learning apps and programs just don’t offer.

To maximize this interaction, comment and read others’ comments. Instagram even has an automatic translation feature so if a caption or comment exceeds your language ability, just hit “See Translation” to activate this option.

Bookmark Posts for Later

Instagram offers a “bookmark” feature, which makes it easy to return to posts that you want to review later. Just hit the little bookmark icon on the bottom right under any post and it’ll be saved for you.

When you’re ready to review, go to your profile and click the same bookmark icon in the upper right menu. This will show you all the posts you’ve bookmarked.

Use this feature to create collections of especially helpful or motivational language posts. It’s also possible to collect and categorize bookmarks for more than one language, so if you want to become a polyglot, organize a collection for each language you’re learning!

Quickly Scan for Video-heavy Accounts

As you’re searching for target language accounts to follow (more on that below), remember that Instagram isn’t just for static images. There’s also a video clip feature.

Choose accounts whose native speakers post a lot of videos so you won’t just see the photos and read the captions but also hear the language spoken! This is an invaluable way to round out your comprehension skills and hone your own pronunciation.

You can see which Instagrammers post frequent videos just by scanning their account page. All the thumbnails with video camera icons on them are video clips.

 

Instagram is a social network. By its very nature, social media is beneficial for language learning. It’s the perfect spot for sharing ideas, culture and language.

Boost your language learning. Follow some language-friendly accounts and take your communication skills from #adequate to #epic!

And One More Thing...

If you dig the idea of learning on your own time from the comfort of your smart device with real-life authentic language content, you'll love using FluentU.

With FluentU, you'll learn real languages—as they're spoken by native speakers. FluentU has a wide variety of videos as you can see here:

FluentU has interactive captions that let you tap on any word to see an image, definition, audio and useful examples. Now native language content is within reach with interactive transcripts.

Didn't catch something? Go back and listen again. Missed a word? Hover your mouse over the subtitles to instantly view definitions.

You can learn all the vocabulary in any video with FluentU's "learn mode." Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.

And FluentU always keeps track of vocabulary that you’re learning. It gives you extra practice with difficult words—and reminds you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned. You get a truly personalized experience.

Start using the FluentU website on your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Google Play store. Click here to take advantage of our current sale! (Expires at the end of this month.)

Enter your e-mail address to get your free PDF!

We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe

Close