WPBeginner, of Course!
Like you, I was looking for free and alternative web sites dedicated to learning WordPress without all that techno-speak B.S., that was also supported by a very knowledgeable, supportive and friendly community. That’s where http://www.wpbeginner.com
WPBeginner is helping me with a WordPress project I am currently working on! Also, they have some of the most active Meet Up groups in the NYC/NJ/Philly area! Give them a try!