Languages

[ Ready Reference Menu ]

Jump to:


Learning Languages Featured Resource
Tell Me More
Learn Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Available to members of Thrall.


English as a Second Language (ESL)
ELL/ESL Resources
"Web-based resources that address the needs of students who are nonnative speakers of English called either "ELL" (English-language Learners) and/or "ESL" (English as a Second Language) students, terms which are used interchangeably on this site." Topics include General ESL/ELL Resources, College Writing for ESL/ELL Students, TOEFL Preparation. From SUNY Empire State College.
ESL: English as a Second Language
English grammar (basic to advanced), free online lessons/courses, training materials/lesson plans, vocabulary and reading comprehension exercises, quizzes and tests, and more. From About.com.
The Internet TESL Journal
Includes articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas & links. Also includes links to previous issues going back as far as 1995.
ManyThings.org
"This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator" and other language learning activities. Also includes "American Stories for English Learners". Text and MP3 audio files for 57 fifteen-minute readings of stories from such writers as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Willa Cather, Folk Stories, O. Henry, and more.
My Best of Series
Websites for ELL, ESL and EFL teachers grouped by subjects from art, classroom practice, jobs, games, health to writing. From a high school English teacher's blog.


Other Resources
ASL University: American Sign Language
Free lessons for words, phrases, and conversations. Videos require the Adobe Flash player. To look up the sign for a word, select the first letter of the word at the top of their page, then scroll down on the left panel to find the word and click on it to see how it is signed.
BBC: Languages
Courses in French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Italian, and Chinese as well as essentials in 36 other languages including Japanese, Albanian, Danish, Polish and Russian.
Busuu
"Learn languages online with interactive language courses and lessons." Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, and Spanish.
Ethnologue: Languages of the World
"An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world's 6,912 known living languages."
Hello-Hello
"Hello-Hello is a revolutionary free language learning website with a community of like-minded individuals that help each other during the learning process. Our lessons were developed in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which is the largest association of teachers and administrators of all languages at all levels with more than 12,000 members. Hello-Hello is based in Washington, D.C."
Free Language Learning Software
Free basic learning programs from Transparent Language. For Windows or Apple Mac users. Languages include: Afrikaans, Albanian, Altai, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Belorussian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Buriat, Chechen, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Mirandese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (European), Romanian, Russian, Scottish, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Tajiki, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Zulu.
FSI Language Courses
Audio and related materials for learning foreign languages. From the Foreign Services Institute, U.S. Department of State.
I Love Languages(formerly "The Human Language Page")
Comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources
LangSource
"The National Foreign Language Center welcomes you to LangSource, a searchable, annotated bibliographic database of language and culture resources. LangSource can be used by both teachers and learners at all levels in a variety of languages. Currently, the LangSource catalogue offers resources in Arabic, Chinese, German, Hausa, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Quechua, Spanish, Tamil, and Yoruba. Each recommended resource in the bibliographic lists has been carefully selected and approved by editorial boards in order to assure quality control and provide useful descriptions of each resource." From the University of Maryland.
Language Learning Resources and Study Guides
"Here, you will find essential vocabulary lists, quizzes, articles, resources, and more to supplement your language program. Please feel free to enjoy them and share them with others." Languages include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish. From Pimsleur Approach.
Let's Learn Korean
Free online lessons basic to advanced. Includes conversational and travel phrases, pronunciations, and more. From KBS.
lexicool.com
"lexicool.com offers primarily a directory of 'all' the online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the Internet. It is a resource intended for translators, linguists, language students and all those interested in foreign languages. The directory currently has links to over 7500 dictionaries and glossaries, many of which have been created by translators working in specialist fields."
LiveMocha
"Learn languages online for free at Livemocha. Choose from courses in over 35 languages and learn at your own pace. Learning languages online with Livemocha is more effective and fun than learning with a CD-ROM because you get to practice what you learn with native speaker."
Mango Languages
With free registration, website provides access to some online language lessons in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Russian, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, German, and Italian.
Modern Language Association Language Map
View and compare color coded maps of the United States as a whole or by each state. Bar graphs can be created by state, zip code, town, city or county.
OmniGlot: A Guide to Written Language
Find alphabets currently in use as well as decorative and religious alphabets.
OverDrive / RCLS eBooks: Foreign Languages
Thrall/RCLS members: browse and download language learning eBooks and eAudiobooks in the library system.
Speech Accent Archive
"The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers." From George Mason University.
Tell Me More
Online language learning program available to Middletown Thrall Library card holders.


Linguistics and Studies of Languages
Endangered Languages Project
"The Endangered Languages Project, is an online resource to record, access, and share samples of and research on endangered languages, as well as to share advice and best practices for those working to document or strengthen languages under threat. The languages included in this project and the information displayed about them are provided by the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat), produced by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and The Institute for Language Information and Technology (The Linguist List) at Eastern Michigan University."
Frequently Asked Questions about Linguistics
"The LSA publishes a series of educational and authoritative pamphlets on language-related issues. Written with the layperson in mind, FAQs have been used as instructional aids in Linguistics courses, at information sessions for undergraduates and prospective majors interested in linguistics courses, and as part of outreach program to professionals in other fields." Why Major in Linguistics?, How Many Languages Are There in the World?, What is an Endangered Language?, Does the Language I Speak Influence the Way I Think?, Is English Changing?, Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Ebonics, Sign Language, How Did Language Begin?, and more. Topics include: From Linguistic Society of America (LSA).
Global Language Monitor
"Global Language Monitor (GLM) documents, analyzes and tracks trends in language the world over, with a particular emphasis upon Global English."
Language and Linguistics
"Common to all humans, language is nonetheless complex. How do languages develop and change? What happens when one is lost? What about sign languages? Linguists explore these questions and more." Includes introductory information on dialects, endangered languages, and sign language. Provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Adobe Flash required for some parts.
Lexicon of Linguistics
Search or browse. From the Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS, Utrecht University.
The Modern Language Association Language Map: A Map of Languages in the United States
"The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States."
OED Appeals
"The OED Appeals is a major new online initiative involving the public in tracing the history of English words. Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English, including the earliest examples of particular words. The website enables the public to post evidence in direct response to OED editors online, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary." From Oxford English Dictionary.
The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS)
"The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) is a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials (such as reference grammars) by a team of 55 authors (many of them the leading authorities on the subject)." From Max Planck Digital Library.


Pronunciations
Author Pronunciations
"Guidance on how to pronounce those tricky author names." From BookBrowse.com.
Encyclopedia Mythica: Pronunciation Guide
Mythological names. From Pantheon.org.
Hear Names
"Learn how to pronounce names." Contains audio pronunciations of names from around the world. Search or browse.
inogolo
"The site contains a searchable database of names with both phonetic and audio pronunciations in English."
The International Dialects of English Archive
A "free, online archive of primary source dialect and accent recordings for the performing arts... Recordings are in English, are of native speakers, and include both English language dialects and English spoken in the accents of other languages." From the University of Kansas.
Pronouncing Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Contains 30,000 names. Download A-Z guides in PDF format. From WOI Radio, Iowa State University.
The Speech Accent Archive
"The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers." From George Mason University.
UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive
"For over half a century, the UCLA Phonetics Laboratory has collected recordings of hundreds of languages from around the world, providing source materials for phonetic and phonological research, of value to scholars, speakers of the languages, and language learners alike. The materials on this site comprise audio recordings illustrating phonetic structures from over 200 languages with phonetic transcriptions, plus scans of original field notes where relevant." From University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

See also:


[ Return to the Ready Reference Center ]


Search:
in: Ready Ref. Center all guides





[ Ask a Librarian ] [ Explore other web guides ] [ Current Interests Center ]
[ Library Catalog ] [ Search the Web ] [ Library Home Page ]


Valid XHTML 1.0!       Valid CSS!

Ready Reference Center © Copyright 1999 - 2013 Middletown Thrall Library