Engines for Foreign Language Sites
Search Engine Colossus and Search Engine Guide are
comprehensive global master directories of local
search engines for regional, country, or
language-specific searches. Yahoo! provides country-specific, regional, and official government site search
options. Glearch allows you to search for
language and country-specific content in "top results
from Google, Yahoo and Bing as well as the most
popular search engines for the selected country."
Internet broadcasts in many languages are accessible through the International Radio and Television page of this WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources.
Try Google Translate, the Bing Translator from Microsoft, and SystraNet to translate text and web pages. Context-based Linguee is "a unique translation tool [among several European languages] combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search through hundreds of millions of bilingual texts for words and expressions." IATE, the European Union's inter-institutional terminology database, gives translations of EU technical terms, abbreviations, acronyms, and phraseology among two dozen European languages.
• Cambridge International Dictionaries
Online-- Look up meanings of English-language
words, idioms, and phrasal verbs, plus
online multilingual and talking dictionary service
which can provide translation in English, Spanish,
Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish,
Dutch, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean."
• Dictionary.com-- Wide variety of English language tools, including interactive translators, flashcards, crosswords, English and English-Spanish-English dictionaries, thesauruses, and more.
• Dictionary of Slang-- Large
searchable source for English-language slang, from a
UK perspective. The links section is a rich compendium
of sources on slang usage in English and a few other
• Free Dictionary-- "The world's most comprehensive dictionary: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Medical, Legal, and Financial Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms and Abbreviations, Idioms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one!"
for language learners, offering free online and
downloadable dictionaries in many languages, common
expressions in many languages, fonts, quizzes, and
• Language Dictionaries and
Translators-- From Word2Word, links to numerous
dictionaries and translators, online language courses,
chat sites in many languages, audio, language-specific
search engines, and language learning and practice
"Directory of "all" the online bilingual and
multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely
available on the Internet... for translators,
linguists, language students and all those interested
in foreign languages... currently has links to over
7500 dictionaries and glossaries, many... created by
translators working in specialist fields."
• Merriam-Webster Online-- "The
most up-to-date [English-language] dictionary on the
Web," with thesaurus, video clips, word of the day,
and word quizzes. There is also a Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online and a Learner's
Dictionary of American usage for ESL, EFL, and
TOEFL test students.
• One Look-- Dictionary search
engine to find the meaning of words in English and
several other languages, covering millions of words in
over a thousand online dictionaries.
• Verbix-- "Independent non-profit
organization that aims to promote and protect
linguistic diversity... This site contains verb
conjugations for hundreds of languages, ranging from
national and international languages to regional and
even extinct languages."
Online English language dictionary that provides
narrative definitions for frequently looked up words
and explains the difference between often confused
words, with over 100 million sentence examples.
• YourDictionary.com-- "Easiest to use on-line dictionary and thesaurus... simple, straightforward definitions that actually make sense along with example use cases for the most popular words, [plus] quick-click access to more in-depth information including specialty definitions and related articles."
English Speech-- Free online audio speech course
from Carnegie Mellon University, emphasizing the
"standard" pronunciation style.
• BBC Learning English-- Large, varied, thorough, and well organized site for English learners at most levels from the world service of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
• Conjugation.com-- Enter an
English language verb and receive the full conjugation
of the verb in all persons and tenses.
• EFL.NET-- News items, features,
poetry, songs, puzzles, online games for EFL students,
with ComAudio played while the corresponding text is
displayed on your screen.
• English, Baby!-- Fun site to learn American English, with chat, weekly lessons, audio, movie and music references, slang, etc.
• English Grammar-- Blog that offers tips, lessons, videos, and so forth: "Grammar lessons, exercises, and rules for everyday use."
• English as 2nd Language-- About.com's colorful and helpful guide to
• ESL Cyber Listening Lab-- Very useful site with many English language conversations in audio files and accompanying sheets, "mainly designed for (1) self-access learning where students do the listening activities on their own, and (2) teacher-directed learning."
• Fonetiks.org-- Large number of audio samples of English language pronunciations, in words and sentences, for nine different varieties of English, plus several other languages.
• Howjsay-- Instant audio feature
presents correct pronunciation for well over 150,000
English language words, in Standard British English,
with World English alternatives.
• Learn English Feel Good--
Grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and pronunciation
exercises and quizzes for beginning, intermediate, and
advanced levels, with audio and video, idioms, phrasal
verbs, resource packages, US/UK language differences,
and "Travel English." Links to several related
cost-free sites on learning English from the same
• Materials for Teaching and Learning
English-- From the Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, "high
quality, targeted English language materials and
programs in order to promote understanding of American
language, society, culture, and values... These
resources are aimed at supporting teachers of English
outside of the U.S."
Learns-- From the U.S. Department of Education,
"an easily accessible Internet learning tool that
contains instructional materials... to teach basic
English skills and help adults improve their English
proficiency... [and] designed to allow learners with
low-level literacy skills to use the tool
independently, but it can also be used with a teacher
or tutor." Requires free registration.
• Using English-- "General English language site, specialising in English as a Second Language with a wide range of resources for learners and teachers of English... Different varieties of English are used; there are contributors from the United States, Canada, Pakistan and non-native speakers, but much of the site uses British English as it was set up in the UK." Includes weblog and forums.
• Center for Applied Linguistics-- From a private, non-profit American organization of language scholars and educators, a fine online reference for the best language learning and teaching resources for teachers and students. Free online resources include "downloadable digests, informational brochures, frequently asked questions and more."
• Effective Language Learning-- Foreign language guides, learning tips, sources for free lessons, and reviews of commercial language courses.
• Ethnologue: Languages of the World--
Web version of entire printed "encyclopedic
reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,909 known
living languages," viewable by
countries and various cross-classifications.
• Foreign Language Teaching Forum-- Integrated service for foreign language teachers, with this web site, academic discussion list with archives, and the FLNews server, from the State University of New York College at Cortland.
• Foreign Languages and Literatures-- From MIT OpenCourseWare, free downloadable courses in many languages, literatures, and cultural studies, as taught at MIT.
• FSI Language Courses-- Independent website providing free access to courses on many languages, as developed by the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State.
• Global Language Monitor-- "Documents, analyzes and tracks trends in language the world over, with a particular emphasis upon Global English... [with] expert analysis on language trends and their subsequent impact on politics, culture and business."
• Global Language Online Support System-- From the U.S. Defense Language Institute, over 6000 "lessons...developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills. Reading and listening lessons are based on authentic materials (articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.) and consist of 4 to 6 activities." About 40 languages, with lessons at selectable levels of difficulty.
• Goethe-Tests-- Thousands of free
online language tests in many languages and ability
levels, with answers, from the Goethe-Verlag in
Tutorials-- Free online tutorials, some with mp3
files, in many Indo-European languages, with
complementary information about linguistics, language
learning, and living as an expatriate in France.
• Internet Polyglot-- Free lessons in many languages and between many languages, with pronunciations.
Guide-- "Offers free sound integrated resources
for learning languages [for over a dozen languages]...
developed collaboratively with the help of
volunteers." "Place your cursor over an image and hear
the word associated with it pronounced."
Materials Project-- From the University of
California, Los Angeles, a large database of learning
resources for over 100 less commonly taught languages
of the world, such as bibliographies of and links to
dictionaries, texts, grammars, phrasebooks, videos,
language profiles, and teaching institutions.
• Learn a Language--- Created by the U.S. Institute of Languages, a site where you can learn up to 8 foreign languages for free with audio lessons and games.
• Learning Languages on the Web: Online Tools-- Review article, with hyperlinks, from the February 2013 issue of College and Research Libraries News, of the American Library Association.
List-- Run by linguistics professors and
graduate students, "dedicated to providing information
on language and language analysis, and to providing
the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure
necessary to function in the digital world."
Superlative for all kinds of language and
linguistics resources--"world's largest online
• Livemocha-- "World's largest
language learning community with [millions of]
members... designed for all language goals and skill
levels, Livemocha offers free and plus learning
options that actually work – and make learning
languages social and fun." Offers "courses in 38
different languages, over 160 hours of lessons for
each, helpful tips from native speakers, [and] focus
on conversation skills." Requires free registration.
• Mixxer-- From Dickinson College,
"free educational community for language learners and
teachers to find a language partner for a language
exchange. The language partner is someone who speaks
the language you study as their native language and is
studying your native language. As a member of the
Mixxer community, you can communicate with your
language partner via Skype to practice speaking. You
can also submit documents and ask native speakers to
correct your writing."
• National Capital Language Resource
Center-- "Joint project of Georgetown
University, The George Washington University, and the
Center for Applied Linguistics... created to improve
and strengthen the nation's capacity to teach and
learn foreign languages," with funding from the U.S.
Department of Education. Posts resources in the areas
of "testing, learning strategies, materials
development and methodology, technology, professional
development, and dissemination of information on
commonly and less commonly taught languages."
the writing systems and languages of the world. It
also contains tips on learning languages,
language-related articles, quite a large collection of
useful phrases in many languages, multilingual texts,
a multilingual book store and an ever-growing
collection of links to language-related resources."
• TypeIt.org-- This site allows you to type unique characters in many European languages easily, even if you don't have a specialized keyboard, then to edit your text in the box and copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc.