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Links for Learning Languages
Ornamental roof beams in
the Forbidden City Palace, Beijing
learning specific languages: Chinese | English
| French | Italian | Portuguese | Spanish
Events for many languages:
Meetup.com has monthly
conversation groups for many languages. They meet at various cafés in New York City and
around the world. Also groups for many other interests. Free to join.
You can meet native speakers who will do a free language trade
On that web page you'll also find websites
for specific cities such as http://newyork.craigslist.org/
Every other Saturday in NYC, Masa organizes free networking events
for speakers of all languages. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
on Language Learning Techniques
and specifically: http://www.languageimpact.com/articles/gt/simple_ideas.htm
See also our Language Learning Tips
Online Dictionaries and
babelfish | Translate-free.com
| Free Translations
Translates text and websites between many languages.
google.com/language tools has
dozens of languages, even Pig Latin and Elmer Fudd. Can be a very literal,
sometimes humorous word-for-word translation.
Free online language dictionaries (English - Spanish,
for example). Translates between any two of many languages including English, French,
German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Also
has multi-lingual dictionary software you can download free into your computer.
"Online French, Italian and Spanish Dictionary" does a
nice job. It brings up similarly spelled words if the one you enter is not a
has free online English dictionary, thesaurus and a foreign language dictionaries.
More help for many languages:
Here's a course that's "freely available to members of public libraries
across North America. If your library has Mango, you can access this course
online through your computer or mobile device." For example, the New York Public Library has
Mango language learning for
other places online also offer this.
http://www.languagelearninglibrary.org/ has eight major
"Free Online Language Lab - learn English, French,
German, Italian and/or Spanish SIMULTANEOUSLY."
Language Teaching Forum
An excellent list of links to dictionaries, radio stations,
culture pages, etc. Includes Chinese, German, French, Italian, Japanese,
Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
of Heaven, Beijing, China
Language Resources in NYC
Learning a Language
Foreign Language News Online
A nonprofit site with 30,000 language links.
Specifically for English but useful for any language.
All kinds of free language resources, especially for
Spanish and French. Includes a multilingual dictionary between English or either of these
other two languages.
"Find a partner in the online community and
practice your second language (any
language) with a native speaker who is learning your language. We host your online
practice with lesson plans, text chat rooms and more."
Ethnic Arts, Language & Culture Resources
490 Riverside Drive*
New York, NY 10027
*Use Riverside Church entrance on Claremont Avenue
A nonprofit organization with free**
intensive classes in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), taught by
Arranges exchanges for native speakers to trade for your other
languages. Has additional volunteer opportunities.
**For recently arrived immigrants and refugees from all over the world who
live in New York City. Available at public libraries throughout New
York City. Also offers citizenship classes.
Radio in Many Languages
The Bible in Many
you are interested in the Bible, reading it in your native language and the language you
are learning is a great way to improve reading comprehension. A big advantage is that the
chapters and verses are numbered, so you can compare the two languages side by side. Be
aware that the meanings of some words can vary, depending on the translation. -BB
World's Most Widely Spoken Languages
Reference Almanac includes links to sites in languages of each
country: for example, with The World's Fifty Largest
Economies, follow the link from each country, for websites of individuals politicians
and political parties (further down on the page).
Greatest Foreign Films Lists
has a list of 100 top foreign films
and also lists for each language
and Special Language Characters for Foreign Languages: How to write
accents and special letters in many languages, for both PCs and Macs
Staying in Foreign
Host people from other countries and cultures and/or
be hosted there. A nonprofit with an affordable membership fee.
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