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Links for 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 through http://www.craigslist.org/. On that web page you'll also find websites for specific cities such as http://newyork.craigslist.org/ for NYC.

Every other Saturday in NYC, Masa organizes free networking events for speakers of all languages. E-mail: languagenyc1@hotmail.com.

Advice on Language Learning Techniques
http://www.languageimpact.com/index.htm and specifically: http://www.languageimpact.com/articles/gt/simple_ideas.htm

See also our Language Learning Tips & Techniques

Online Dictionaries and "Translators":
babelfish
  |  Translate-free.com   |  Free Translations
     Translates text and websites between many languages. Also,
 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.

www.babylon.com
    
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.

WordReference.com
     "Online French, Italian and Spanish Dictionary" does a nice job. It brings up similarly spelled words if the one you enter is not a match.

www.yourdictionary.com 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 free, and other places online also offer this.

http://www.languagelearninglibrary.org/ has eight major languages.

www.eurocosm.com
    
"Free Online Language Lab - learn English, French, German, Italian and/or Spanish SIMULTANEOUSLY."

Foreign 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. 

Photo of Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Foreign Language Resources in NYC

Learning a Language

Foreign Language News Online

languages-on-the-web.com
      A nonprofit site with 30,000 language links.

Learning Tips
     Specifically for English but useful for any language.

Microsoft Encarta Language Learning
     All kinds of free language resources, especially for Spanish and French. Includes a multilingual dictionary between English or either of these other two languages.

My Language Exchange
     "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."

NYC Ethnic Arts, Language & Culture Resources

Riverside Language Program
490 Riverside Drive*
New York, NY 10027
*Use Riverside Church entrance on Claremont Avenue
212.662.3200
     A nonprofit organization with free** intensive classes in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), taught by professional teachers.
     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.

Online Radio in Many Languages

The Bible in Many Languages
     If 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

The World's Most Widely Spoken Languages

Politics
The Political 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

http://www.filmsite.org/foreign100.html

http://www.foreignfilms.com/ has a list of 100 top foreign films and also lists for each language

Accents, Diacriticals 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 Countries
SERVAS
     Host people from other countries and cultures and/or be hosted there. A nonprofit with an affordable membership fee.

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