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Arabic: BBC Languages Arabic

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Arabic provides basic phrases, a guide to Arabic, as well as tips on how to learn a new language. Each situation is taught using sound bites of real people conversing.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 10, 2015

Tags: Language Specific

Babbel

Babbel is an interactive resource that allows users to learn languages through online coursework prepared by professional linguists and educators. This site allows users to choose their native language in order to provide learning methods that will best suit their needs. Registration and access to the first lesson of each course are free, but fees apply to gain full access to the site.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 9, 2015

Tags: Lingual Development

BBC Languages

The languages section of the BBC website provides free audio and video language courses in a number of languages. Each language contains a basic guide which includes facts, key phrases, and the alphabet of that language. The language pages provide a variety of information about where to find specific language courses, vocabulary, and news related to the language itself. A testing tool also allows users to determine their proficiency level in a particular language.

 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 10, 2015

Tags: Lingual Development

BBC Languages: Quick Fixes for Other Languages

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource helps users to learn essential phrases in a wide variety of languages. Users can download free MP3 recordings of these phrases as well as listen to their pronunciation online.  

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 9, 2015

Tags: Lingual Development

Chinese: BBC Languages Chinese

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Chinese provides guides about pronunciation, writing Chinese characters, and essential phrases. The "real Chinese" section provides users with online lessons on what to say in a variety of situations such as introducing yourself or finding and booking a hotel. Each one of these lessons is taught using images and sound bites of real conversation.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 10, 2015

Tags: Country Specific , Language Specific , China

Chinese: Speak Chinese

Speak Chinese teaches the Chinese language through conversational lessons focusing on traveling and working in China. The site contains a list of popular words as well as translations for Chinese allegories, idioms, dialogues, and menu items.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 9, 2015

Tags: Country Specific , Language Specific , China

Czech: Local Lingo

Local Lingo was established with the goal of creating an online community and a resource for those interested in learning Czech. Its website offers an audio pronunciation guide and grammar overview as well as lists of useful Czech phrases and vocabulary. Also provided are language tests and exercises to test a user's translation, comprehension, listening, and vocabulary recognition skills.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: March 18, 2015

Tags: Country Specific , Language Specific , Czech Republic

eLanguageSchool

eLanguageSchool provides detailed lessons about the history of certain languages, vocabulary and phrases, and the grammar of that language. The site also includes follow-up practices and exercises for further learning. Some languages have more resources than others. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 9, 2015

Tags: Lingual Development

Ethnologue: Languages of the World

This electronic version of Ethnologue: Languages of the World is an online database with lists of languages spoken in each country and their specific geographical location. The site also includes information on the development and endangerment of languages around the world. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 9, 2015

Tags: Lingual Development

Foreigncy

Foreigncy is a language resource site that teaches users vocabulary through reading articles about current events in a given language. Flashcards and pronunciations are included on the site to aid learning the new language, and quizzes follow each lesson to test comprehension. Users may utilize the free two-week trial, but fees vary based on the length of membership purchased.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 10, 2015

Tags: Lingual Development

French: BBC Languages French

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource provides interactive lessons about basic french phrases, vocabulary, and grammar to help users learn how to speak the language. The site provides videos and audio clips with each lesson to help users listen and pronounce words properly. A test is also available on the main page to help users evaluate their comprehension of the language. Audio from the lessons can be downloaded in MP3 format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 10, 2015

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German: BBC Languages German

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning German provides users with free online lessons, a guide to the language, and links to German media sites. Each online lesson offers options to learn vocabulary or phrases by watching a video, reading a transcript, or listening to audio. A test provided on the homepage additionally allows users to determine their comprehension level of the language.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 11, 2015

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Greek: BBC Languages Greek

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Greek provides users with helpful resources to learn the basics of the Greek language. A guide to Greek, online lessons, and interactive games are all available on the homepage of the site, along with external links to other Greek courses online. Each online lesson on this site allows users to learn a basic Greek phrase, its pronunciation, its meaning, and the English translation of the phrase.

 

 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 11, 2015

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Italian: BBC Languages Italian

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this website for learning Italian provides users with numerous resources such as online courses, a guide to the language, and a comprehension test. The online lessons are provided in video format and cover topics including Italian vocabulary, phrases, and grammar with interactive options such as games and exercises. The site also provides external links to Italian media sources and other online courses.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 11, 2015

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Learn A Language

Learn A Language, partnered with Visual Link Languages and the US Institute of Languages, provides interactive audio and visual learning tools on a language's grammar, vocabulary, and useful phrases. The site also provides planned lesson structures, games, and activities.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: May 5, 2015

Tags: Lingual Development

LookLex: Learn Arabic

This site provides a short series of beginner level lessons on speaking and writing Modern Standard Arabic. Sound bytes of various words in Arabic are provided in MP3 format to help with pronunciation. It also introduces the structure and history of Arabic with a link to its encyclopedia.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 9, 2015

Tags: Language Specific , Lingual Development

Portuguese: BBC Languages Portuguese

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Portuguese provides users with helpful learning tools such as a guide to Portuguese, links to news written in the language, and interactive online lessons. The online lessons cover basic phrases in Portuguese along with the culture of Brazil, and allow users to make use of audio, videos, games, and learning exercises to gain a better understanding of the language.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 11, 2015

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Portuguese: Easy Portuguese

Easy Portuguese provides a grammar guide for beginner and intermediate level Brazilian Portuguese, along with lists of common vocabulary and useful phrases for business travelers. There is also a pronunciation guide and audio examples of the words and phrases.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 10, 2015

Tags: Country Specific , Language Specific , Lingual Development , Brazil

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

Developed by the University of Texas at Austin, the Spanish Proficiency Exercises contain various materials used for practicing and assessing Spanish language attainment. These exercises are sorted by difficulty and include grammar lessons, a glossary, a downloadable podcast, and video clips with audio.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 10, 2015

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Spanish: BBC Languages Spanish

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Spanish provides free online courses along with a number of other resources to help users learn the language. The online lessons include helpful aids such as audio, games, and exercises to help with the memorization of phrases. A guide to the Spanish language as well as information about vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation are also available on this website.

 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 11, 2015

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Swedish: Introduction to Swedish

Presented by the Stockholm School of Economics, this website provides introductory lessons in basic to intermediate Swedish, as well as useful audio files, language comparisons, and helpful historical and cultural context to help users better understand the language. The website is designed for users with no prior knowledge of Swedish, and provides vocabulary and explanation of the basic grammatical structure of the language.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 9, 2015

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Voice of America Pronunciation Guide

The Voice of America Pronunciation Guide presents the pronunciation of government officials and other newsworthy organizations/individuals around the world in both written and in audio format. It is possible to search the guide by region, by keyword, or by browsing the list.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 10, 2015

Tags: Lingual Development

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