Languages


Reference, Miscellaneous

Alt Codes for Windows
Includes information on symbols for foreign language letters and accents in various systems, suggestions for specific languages, links, and more.
Chrome Webstore: Easy Accents
This Add-on allows users to easily insert accents for different languages directly from a sidebar in their Google Doc.
CopyPaste Character
A page with various extra characters, including accented ones, which makes it easy to copy and paste the characters into regular documents.
The Enduring Voices Project
The goal of the Enduring Voices Project is to document endangered languages and prevent language extinction… Archive of project which took place between 2007 and 2013.
Foreign Language News and Newspapers
From the MIT Library, links to newspapers in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
ListenLive.eu
Links to European radio stations streaming live on the internet.
Nations Online: Languages of the World
List of national and official Languages spoken in the world.
Le Notepad
Online notepad with handy clickable accented letters to choose from.
Omniglot
This site contains details of most alphabets and other writing systems currently in use, as well as quite a few ancient and invented ones. It also includes … multilingual texts, tips on learning languages, a book store, some useful phrases in many different languages, and a ever-growing collection of links to language-related resources.
TypeIt
Type text in the box using the offered selections to insert accented characters and copy/paste what you’ve written to other documents. Pastes into both Word and plain text documents. Easy!
A World of Language
An infographic showing the major language families colored for the geographic areas where they are spoken and sized to show how many speakers they have.

Lessons

50 Languages online / mobile
Learn a language – free, online or offline with Android and iPhone apps.
Babbel $$
Find people to learn from or to practise together. Multi-media vocab trainers with pictures and sounds combine learning and entertainment. Manage your personal vocabulary and choose your learning strategy.
BBC: Languages
Free online beginner courses, audio magazines, news links, reviews, more. (Archived site no longer updated.)
Beelinguapp mobile
Beelinguapp for iPhone and Android shows the exact same text in two languages; side by side. At the same time, it is an audiobook, and with its unique karaoke reading you follow the audio in the text on both sides.
Busuu.com free/$; online / mobile
Online learning community to connect with native speakers and learn directly from other members of the busuu.com community! Be completely flexible and learn only what you really need!
Coffee Break Languages
Free weekly podcasts plus additional materials – some via paid subscription – for learning languages.
Conjuguemos
Site from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for teachers and students using their textbooks.
Duolingo online / mobile
Free courses in Spanish, English, French, German, Greek, Korean, and a number of other languages.
Forvo
Words pronounced in their original languages.
Imendi: Language Flashcards
Imendi is free application that lets you practice flashcards of foreign languages. Pick the language you want to practice and start answering flashcards.
Learn10
Learn a language’s basic vocabulary with 10 words a day.
Mango Languages $$
Mango Languages provides a self-paced learning program that teaches languages through relevant and topical dialogue…
Memrise online / mobile
Vocabulary builders in a wide range of languages. Also offers apps for both iOS and Android devices.
MIT OpenCourseware: Global Studies and Languages
Archived classes from MIT. Subject offerings allow students to attain both linguistic competence and a solid understanding of cultural and historical contexts.
Omniglot
Omniglot is an encyclopedia of writing systems and languages. You can use it to learn about languages, to learn alphabets and other writing systems, and to learn phrases in many languages. There is also advice on how to learn languages.
Open Culture: Free Foreign Language Lessons
Free podcasts for a multitude of languages from Arabic to Yiddish.
Rosetta Stone $$
Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages.
TravLang
A resource for travelers. Over 60 different languages are represented. Currency exchange rates and links to foreign language dictionaries are included.
Wikitravel: Phrasebooks
If you’re just interested in the most common phrases travelers need to know, this is a place to check.

American Sign Language


Amber Galloway Gallego
YouTube channel by a professional ASL interpreter showing music interpreted into ASL.
American Sign Language Browser
An older resource on signing from Michigan State University. Some parts may be outdated.
American Sign Language Dictionary
Search for a word to watch a short video depicting how it’s signed.
American Sign Language Dictionary
Search and compare thousands of words and phrases in American Sign Language (ASL).
American Sign Language University
American Sign Language University is a sign language resource site for ASL students and teachers. Here you will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing.
ASL Meredith
YouTube channel. Meredith is a certified instructor of ASL. … Learn more, find resources, suggest video topics, and stay in touch at ASLmeredith.com
ASL THAT
YouTube channel with ASL lessons. ASL vocabulary. Topics in ASL and Deaf Culture.
Bill Vicars
Resource site for ASL students, teachers, interpreters, and parents of Deaf children. This YouTube channel includes both basic and more advanced lessons.
Expert Village: ASL
Dozens of videos showing ASL words and phrases.
Laura Berg Life
Formerly called “Smart Hands”, this YouTube channel has multiple videos on sign language for kids and adults.
Sign Language
Sign language resources and extracurricular ASL (American Sign Language) materials for language+culture enthusiasts, ASL students… and others.
Signing Savvy
Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.

Deaf Life and Deaf Culture

Deaf Culture
Discussion of Deaf culture as a culture and comparisons with other cultures as to how they differ from mainstream culture.
DeafRead
Current trending articles from popular Deaf blogs and vlogs.
Gallaudet University
For more than 150 years, Gallaudet University has led advances in education of deaf and hard of hearing students and deaf rights worldwide. Today, students from across the United States and more than 25 countries—diverse in perspective, backgrounds, interests and communication styles—form an exciting learning community as they prepare for dynamic careers and a lifetime of growth.
National Association of the Deaf
The NAD is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
National Theatre of the Deaf
Touring the nation and the world for over 45 years, the acting company is comprised of deaf and hearing actors. Each performance unfolds simultaneously in two languages; one for the eye, American Sign Language, and one for the ear, the Spoken Word.
Seeing at the Speed of Sound
Lipreading, which makes one sense do the work of another, is a skill daunting to describe. Rachel Kolb, ’12, deaf since birth, shares its mysteries. (Stanford Magazine, March/April 2013)
VeryWell: An Introduction to American Deaf Culture
Deaf culture is used to describe the unique characteristics found among the population of deaf and hard of hearing people. It’s reflected in art, literature, social environments, and much more.

Latin

Ad Fontes: The Latin Library
Links to texts in Latin and links to other pages of Latin literature and of English translations. Site also includes a Declension Test where you can choose a declension, get presented with a word, and fill in the blanks for the various cases.
Cambridge Latin Course, Unit 1
Cambridge Latin Course, Unit 2
While designed to complement the Cambridge Latin Course textbooks, these videos could be usefful to any beginning student of Latin.
Classics Unveiled
Portal to four classics sites online: MythNET (classical mythology), Rome Unleashed (Roman history), Rome Exposed (Roman life), and Latin Wordstock (Latin vocabulary and derivatives). (Not recently updated.)
The Classics Pages
Over 1000 pages of news, information, games and controversy about the life, literature, art and archaeology of the ancient world of Greece & Rome. (Not recently updated.)
Ephemeris
Get the news in Latin.
Forum Romanum
Collection of links concerning Latin language and Roman history and culture, with many visual images. A Perseus Award site.
Internet Classics Archive
English translations of many works of classic literature. (Not updated for some years.)
Latin is Simple
[A] website that provides loads of useful resources for learning Latin, even including audio and video and interesting articles about the – maybe not as dead as one may think – Latin language.
Latin Online
Introductory overview course online.
Latin Tutorial
Dozens of videos from a high school Latin teacher on Latin vocabulary and grammar and Roman culture.
Learn Medieval Latin
From the British National Archives: Latin was the official language of many documents written in England before 1733. This step-by-step beginners’ guide to medieval Latin, created by our experts, will help you gain the necessary skills to read documents from this period.
Learning Languages: Latin
Videos on Latin language from a channel devoted to learning about languages and linguistics.
Nuntii Latini
This site from Finland is a weekly review of world news in Classical Latin, the only international broadcast of its kind in the world. Audio recordings as well as text transcriptions are available.
Vicipaedia
Latin language version of Wikipedia.
Wikipedia: List of Latin Phrases
This page not only lists the phrases with their translations, but has notes on most of them describing their meaning.
Words by William Whitaker
Latin to English or English to Latin.

Mandarin

BBC Bitesize: GCSE Mandarin
Short videos for U.K. secondary students learning Mandarin.
BBC: Languages: Real Chinese
A lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chinese TV series. (Archived site; no longer updated.)
BBC World News in Mandarin
News from the British Broadcasting Company.
Free Mandarin Chinese Online Lessons
The free online Mandarin Chinese lesson is to give a glimpse of some basic pronunciation to total novices who are interested in learning Mandarin Chinese. By completing all 32 lessons provided here you should be able to manage basic pronunciation of most of the Chinese characters covered, learn some vocabularies and acquire certain simple Chinese sentence structure.
Gateway to Chinese
This site offers a collection of free interactive language learning resources for beginning Mandarin Chinese. Students now have the option to practice pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, listening, and reading skills at their own convenience.
Hear Mandarin Chinese Survival Phrases
Some basic phrases to get you started.
Learn Chinese Characters
Do you want to learn to read and write Chinese characters? This site will help you learn.
Omniglot: Useful Mandarin Chinese Phrases
Click on any of the phrases that are links to hear them spoken.
Thought.co: History of Mandarin Chinese
An Informative Introduction to China’s Official Language.
Thought.co: Learning and Teaching Mandarin
Articles on Mandarin grammar,vocabulary, pronounciation, and writing, plus information about Chinese culture.
Travel Guide China: Chinese Language
A basic discussion of what Mandarin is and where it is spoken.

Spanish

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All About Spain
All sorts of information about Spain, especially for the traveler. Available in English, Spanish, and German.
Annenberg Learner: Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish
Annenberg Learner: Nuevos Destinos
This video series teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish. This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses students in everyday situations with native speakers and introduces the cultures, accents, and dialects…
Best Spanish websites
Links for Spanish language and culture, arranged by subject.
Britannica Escolar
Un recurso informativo para la educación primaria y secundaria que es seguro, actualizado y apropiado para cada nivel educativo. (SCC staff and students: see librarian for password.)
Complete Spanish Guide
List of links arranged by subject for Spanish language, literature, news, and other related topics.
E-Spanish
This site offers basic Spanish vocabulary with native pronunciation, useful Spanish expressions, practice games and quizzes, and links to Spanish-speaking online radios and other useful sites.
LingusTV
Free videos to boost your Spanish.
Notes In Spanish
Our Spanish podcasts (free on-line radio shows) bring you real conversations in Spanish about real-life topics. We go beyond the text books to the Spanish you’ll never find in a classroom!
PH School
Prentice Hall School has tie-in information that goes with your textbook. Check with your teacher for your access code.
Quia.com
Site for teachers and their students with resources, activities, quizzes, and more in a variety of stubjects, including Spanish. Check with your teacher for access information.
SpanishDict
Lessons, phrasebook, dictionary, flashcards, Spanish word of the day, videos, podcasts, and more can be found on this site.
Spanish Language and Culture
Formerly known as “Spanish Grammar Exercises”, this site by a professor at Colby College has some excellent grammar exercises and modules examining various aspects of culture.
Spanish Proficiency Exercises
Spanish Proficiency Exercises is a compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Spanish from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain demonstrate various language tasks.
StudySpanish.com
Lots of free study materials on Spanish language and culture, as well as a section of additional pay services.
Thought.co: Learning and Teaching Spanish
Teachers and students can use this comprehensive Spanish language guide to improve reading, writing and comprehension skills for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Vocabulix; Learn Spanish
Online tool to build vocabulary and practice verbs.
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