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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. Audio needs Real Player to function.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 8, 2014

Tags: Language Specific

Babel: 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: September 8, 2014

Tags: Language Specific , Lingual Development

BBC Languages

Free audio and video language courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Chinese, and a variety of other languages. Includes essential everyday phrases and other language tips for 40 languages. This is a useful site for getting a quick grasp of language fundamentals and brushing up on basic language skills.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 8, 2014

Tags: Lingual Development

BBC Languages: Quick Fixes for Other Languages

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource helps users learn essential phrases in over thirty languages, including Dutch, Russian, and Turkish. The audio exercises on the site require Real Player software to function.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 8, 2014

Tags: Lingual Development

Brazil: 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. It also offers several vocabulary quizzes in various categories including business, food, fashion, and technology in Excel format. There is also a pronunciation guide and audio examples of the words and phrases.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 15, 2014

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

Business Spanish

Businessspanish.com offers sections with lessons, verbs, dialogs, travel, vocabulary, grammar, and audio tools to assist one in learning Spanish. Users are given basic grammar instructions, which in turn are applied to common business terms and concepts. Short exercises are available including answers and translations.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 15, 2014

Tags: Language Specific

Chinese: BBC Languages

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Chinese provides videos, snapshots, activities, and phrases that people in sales, hotel/catering, travel/tourism, and engineering use in their everyday work lives. Each situation is taught using images and sound bites of real conversation.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 23, 2014

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 also contains a list of popular words and help with reading menus.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 23, 2014

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 the Czech Republic. The Czech language resource offers an audio pronunciation guide, grammar overview, phrases, vocabulary and online exercises.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 27, 2014

Tags: Country Specific , Language Specific , Czech Republic

eLanguageSchool

This site provides detailed lessons and information on vocabulary and phrases, as well as grammar, and includes follow-up practices and exercises for further learning. The languages covered are Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Some languages have more resources than others. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 8, 2014

Tags: Lingual Development

Ethnologue: Languages of the World

This electronic version of Ethnologue: Languages of the World is a 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: September 8, 2014

Tags: Lingual Development

Foreign Language Teaching Forum

The Foreign Language Teaching Forum includes a list for foreign language educators to discuss various aspects of foreign language teaching. All postings are archived in a database which allows the user to search for messages by entering the author, date, subject thread, and/or key words. In addition, the site provides a list of web resources related to foreign language teaching.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 11, 2014

Tags: Lingual Development

Foreigncy

Foreigncy is a language resource site that teaches you through reading articles on current events in a given language. Flashcards and pronunciations are included on the site to aid learning the new language. Currently, the languages offered are Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Hebrew, and Russian. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 15, 2014

Tags: Lingual Development

French: BBC Languages French

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning French provides videos, snapshots, activities, and phrases that people in sales, hotel/catering, travel/tourism, and engineering use in their everyday work lives. Each situation is taught using images and sound bites of real people conversing. Audio needs Real Player to function.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Language Specific

German: BBC Languages German

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning German provides videos, snapshots, activities, and phrases that people in sales, hotel/catering, travel/tourism, and engineering use in their everyday work lives. Each situation is taught using images and sound bites of real people conversing. Audio needs Real Player to function.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Language Specific

Greek: BBC Languages Greek

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Greek provides videos, snapshots, activities, and phrases that people in sales, hotel/catering, travel/tourism, and engineering use in their everyday work lives. Each situation is taught using images and sound bites of real people conversing. Audio needs Real Player to function.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Language Specific

Italian: BBC Languages Italian

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Italian provides videos, snapshots, activities, and phrases that people in sales, hotel/catering, travel/tourism, and engineering use in their everyday work lives. Each situation is taught using images and sound bites of real people conversing. Audio needs Real Player to function.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

Tags: Language Specific

Portuguese: BBC Languages Portuguese

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Portuguese provides videos, snapshots, activities, and phrases that people in sales, hotel/catering, travel/tourism, and engineering use in their everyday work lives. Each situation is taught using images and sound bites of real people conversing. Audio requires Real Player.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 15, 2014

Tags: Language Specific

Russian Plus

Russian Plus was created to help users learn the language online and get a better understanding of the culture of Russia. The site provides audio Russian language lessons, podcasts, and grammar guidelines. Sections are categorized by beginner, intermediate, and advanced Russian lessons.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 12, 2014

Tags: Country Specific , Language Specific , Russia

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 include specialized sections for different levels of difficulty, grammar lessons, a glossary, and video clips with audio.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 15, 2014

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Spanish: BBC Languages Spanish

Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this resource for learning Spanish provides videos, snapshots, activities, and phrases that people in sales, hotel/catering, travel/tourism, and engineering use in their everyday work lives. Each situation is taught using images and sound bites of real people conversing. Audio needs Real Player to function.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 12, 2014

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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: September 15, 2014

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Voice of America Pronunciation Guide

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 country, by keyword, or by browsing the list.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 15, 2014

Tags: Lingual Development

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