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Language Practice and Tutorials
This is an archived page aimed at helping users to learn a foreign language through free online lessons.
Centre for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
CTCFL at the University of Oxford is located in the Institute for Chinese Studies in Walton Street, Oxford. Workshops and research projects run by the British Chinese Language Teaching Society are supported by CTCFL. The Centre focuses on creating web-based or computer assisted programmes to improve Chinese language teaching and learning.
Coffee Break Academy
Excellent podcasts aimed primarily at beginning and early intermediate learners of French, Spanish, Italian, German and more.
Animated online games for learning languages.
Gateway to Chinese
A collection of free interactive language learning resources from the University of Texas for beginning Mandarin Chinese. Students can practice pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, listening, and reading skills at their own convenience.
Your guide to languages on the web, iLoveLanguages promotes Internet resources related to language learning, education, and use. Links for language practice, translation and dictionaries are included.
LangMedia "Language by Country" Collection
Language by Country videos focus on practical aspects of everyday life. They were filmed by Five College international students between 1999 and 2002. Some cultural information is out-of-date, but many of the videos remain linguistically useful. Transcripts and translations are provided.
Medical Spanish for Healthcare Providers
This site offers free medical Spanish immersion, with vocabulary including greetings, history, examination, and everyday speech, all with translation and audio. It is designed to be helpful for a variety of medical personnel.
Free Language Apps
Busuu provides courses in 12 different languages via the web and mobile devices to more than 100 million learners worldwide. Learners can sign up for free, or subscribe to a Premium membership to unlock further features like advanced grammar lessons, Offline Mode, McGraw-Hill Education certification or the adaptive Vocabulary Trainer.
Free, effective, bite-sized lessons available on your computer, phone, or tablet (iPhone/Google Play apps available).
With over 50 million users worldwide, Mondly offers 33 languages to choose from. They also have games, interactive lessons, and even a version of Mondly for kids.
Related TED Talks
Check out these video series of educational and inspiring talks and performances, filmed at TED conferences and events.
Babel Fish Translator
Quickly translate words, phrases or blocks of text, or ask their online community for help with a translation.
Translate blocks of text or entire documents with just a few clicks.
Lexicool is a directory of 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, and includes 8000 dictionaries and glossaries in 70 languages.
This dictionary will help you translate words in English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Japanese and more.
Language and Cultural Information
The CIA's World Factbook
This is an up-to-date, expansive body of international data utilized by tens of millions of visitors annually.
Foreign Language News and Newspapers
The foreign-language newspaper sites listed here are a sample of material available on the Web free of charge in Chinese, German, French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.
France in America / La France en Amérique
A bilingual web site developed by the National Library of France and the Library of Congress chronicling the history of France's presence and influence in North America.
Searchable database of books containing over 2,000,000 bibliographic entries translated and published in almost 150 countries ranging from Albania to Zimbabwe, and covering all subjects.
Latin American Network Information Center
LANIC has been a trusted Internet portal for Latin American Studies content since 1992, from The University of Texas at Austin.
MLA Language Map
The MLA Language Map is for students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The Language Map uses aggregated data from the 2006–10 American Community Survey (ACS) to display the locations and numbers of speakers of twelve languages commonly spoken in the United States.
Professional Organizations - The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning
A list of professional organizations for language teachers and learners, provided by The Consortium, an organization that provides services, best practice standards, professional development and more to language professionals.
What Business Wants: Language Needs in the 21st Century
A report from The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) at the U.S.Department of Defense, aimed at assessing and understanding the needs for global skills in business.
World Culture Encyclopedia
Information about countries and their cultures, organized alphabetically and by continent.