- yourDictionary.com: A comprehensive language multi-lingual dictionary. Included are multiple English dictionaries and thesauruses and over 280 dictionaries of foreign languages. There are specialty dictionaries like medical and legal, multilingual, crossword, reverse and rhyming dictionaries. There are glossaries, antonyms and synonyms, information about courses and about linguistic research.
- One Look Dictionaries : This site has definitions and translations. If you misspell the word you're looking up, a list of possible correct spellings appears. Consult bi-lingual dictionaries in French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Read about language, linguistics, semantics, etc. in many of the dictionaries.
- Freelang.net: Download free fonts for foreign languages from this site.
Learn a Language
- About.com: Free online lessons in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish may be found here. Type the language's name in the search box. no audio content.
- American Sign Language Browser: See video clips of thousands of ASL signs.
- BBC World Service: Some free lessons in forty languages from Albanian to Urdu. Click Radio>languages to link to BBC broadcasts in forty languages.
- Duolingo: Provides free, online courses that teach languages to anyone with a smartphone, tablet or laptop and an internet connection. Learning occurs by developing a “tree” of skills in which the user goes from one challenge to the next. It is fun, addictive and the bite-sized lessons are effective.
- edX Free Online classes
- FSI Language Courses: From the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute, free language instruction, both written and audio in more than 25 languages.
- Mango Languages (without a library card): Try a free ten minute language lesson.
- Mango Languages with a library card: This is the full product brought to you by the Chester County Library System. Mango is an online interactive platform with more than 70 language courses to choose from.
- Radio Lingua Network: Enjoyable online or podcast lessons mainly for beginners.
- International Phonetic Association : See the International Phonetic Alphabet, the symbols that represent all the sounds of the world's languages.
- Wikipedia - International Phonetic Alphabet: Learn about the symbols that represent the sounds of speech.
- Peter Ladefoged A Course in Phonetics: Hear the sound for each phonetic symbol.
- Omniglot: A collection of phrases in many different languages with sound files for some of them.
- Google Translate: Translate a block of text, a web page or a document.
- SDL Free Professional Translation: This site translates up to 1000 characters. It's easy to enter special characters. It translates Web pages.
- Translated.net: Enter a sample. Click "Identify" 102 languages are supported.
- ipl2 Languages: Find over 500 high quality sites on all aspects of language.
- Open Directory Project: Search languages or a particular language to see articles and lessons by volunteer contributors. Ex. Czech language, Greek language lessons.
Who Speaks What?
- Ethnologue.com: Read about each country's languages, both living and extinct, how many people speak each language there and each country's official language(s). View world sign languages for the deaf. See Web links.
- MLA Modern Language Association Language Map: Click a location on the interactive U.S. map to see which languages are spoken there and by how many people. Search by state, county, city, town or zip code to learn which languages and how many speakers of each are found there. The site is limited to the 30 most common languages.
- News Link: Find international newspapers (also magazines, radio and TV) arranged by region then by country or state (US).
- TravLang Travel & Language Center: See online news, magazines, journals and other electronic print formats worldwide. Information is arranged by language then by country.
- The Newseum: The Newseum, a museum dedicated to preserving freedom of the press and free speech, consolidates a selection of front pages from every national and international newspaper.
World Radio Online
- Radio-Locator: Find radio station Web pages by city, zip, state, call letters or Internet streaming radio. Also find World radio lists arranged by country, station format or frequency.
World Search Engines
- Search Engine Colossus: Here are links to search engines used in other countries.
World TV Online
- International Television Broadcasts: Find online TV in over 14 major languages
- The Alpha Dictionary Site: Search over 900 online dictionaries at once. Find the most often mispronounced or misspelled words, games and featured words.
- MacMillan Dictionary
- Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus
- One Across: Type a clue and a word pattern to see a list of possible words.
- OneLook Dictionary Search: Describe a concept; get back a list of possible words.
- Rhymer by WriteExpress: Look up end rhymes, double rhymes, last syllable rhymes, beginning rhymes and first syllable rhymes.
- Rhymezone: Find rhymes of numerous syllables, related words, similar sounding words and related words.
- Thesaurus.com: This is Roget's online thesaurus. Find synonyms (similar words) and antonyms (opposites) for words.
ESL English as a Second Language/Learn English
- Chester County OIC : Offering four levels of instruction with both day and evening classes, CC-OIC instructs non-native English speakers from the very beginner to the advanced student who is thinking about entering post-secondary education.Learn English pronunciation, spelling, office skills, TOEFL preparation and more using computer programs. The Chester County OIC Program sponsors this computer-assisted instruction at the Chester County Library. (610) 280-2618
- Volunteer English Program in Chester County - many locations : Volunteer tutors teach the English language and American culture to adult immigrants. Sessions are twice a week for 1.5 hours/session for a year.
- Chester County Department of Human Services Resource Database: Community providers that offer English as a Second Language.
- Dave's ESL Café: Students will find links to tutors who will answer questions, idioms, verb phrases, pronunciation, slang and more. Teachers will find links to ideas, jobs, advanced degrees, certification and more.
- Voice of America: VOA is an international multimedia broadcasting service funded by the US government. Listen online to informational, educational and cultural programs in English and 47 other languages.
- Voice of America YouTube Channel
- BBC World Service Learning English: Learn grammar and vocabulary. Listen to radio programs and download supporting material. Watch videos, do interactive exercises and get tips about pronunciation. Use the links to other sites about learning English.
- ELC Study Zone
- British Council’s LearnEnglish
- English with Jennifer YouTube Channel
- Online Etymology Dictionary: What is the earliest written record of an English word? What are its origins?
Standard English, Varieties, Dialects & Accents
- The Standard Language of a country is the official or "most correct" language that is found in dictionaries, taught in schools, used in courts and in literature. Varieties are forms that are different than the standard in a systematic and coherent way. Ex. Slang, Jargon, Cockney, African-American Vernacular English, etc. A variety of English used by a group living in the same region is a dialect. People speaking the same dialect are using the same pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar as one another. Ex. Caribbean English, Canadian English, Australian English, etc. Accents develop in particular geographic areas, within socio-economic or ethnic groups or by those speaking the language as their second language. Hearing people from around the world reading the same passage conveys their accents.
- Do You Speak American?: Topics on this site include American Varieties, Standard American, Official American, Correct American, Language as Prestige, Language Prejudice, Mass Media and Technology Spotlight. Listen to the audio quiz and see if you can identify where the speaker comes from.
- British Library/Archiva/Sound Recordings/Accents and Dialects: Hear over 680 accents and dialects from Great Britain.
Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling
- Libraryspot.com: There are lots of links to grammar sites here.
- Owl Online Writing Lab: This site from Purdue University has handouts, exercises and Power Point presentations on grammar and writing.
New Words (Fun!)
- OED Updates: Discover words recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
- The Word Spy: Learn new terms that have appeared multiple times in books, the media and the Internet
- antimoon.com Learn English effectively: Click a phonetic character and hear its sound as an American or as a British person would pronounce it.
- Peter Ladefoged A Course in Phonetics: Hear the sound for each phonetic symbol.
- Urban Dictionary : Browse or look up slang, chat or blog about it.
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language & TOEIC Test of English for International Communication
- ETS TOEFL and TOEIC: Are two standardized exams used to measure a potential student's or employee's ability to speak, read, and understand English. Learn about the test. Prepare for the test by practicing questions from the site. Find a test center. Register for the test. Learn about getting your score.
- Learning Express Library - TOEFL AND TOEIC: Home Access requires a valid library bar code. Register with the site (free.) In the search box, type TOEFL or TOEIC. Practice for the tests.
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