Try Google Translate, the Bing Translator, 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 translate
English words to and from other languages.
Talking dictionary service which "provides
translations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German,
French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Greek,
Albanian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean dictionaries."
• 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
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." Also check the
Free Thesaurus, "a comprehensive online thesaurus of synonyms, antonyms, and related words" in English.
for language learners, offering free online and
downloadable dictionaries in many languages, common
expressions in many languages, fonts, quizzes, news,
• 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
8000 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,
word quizzes, and section on the Spanish language.
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
• American English-- From the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, a "resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture. This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers' professional development and for students in the classroom."
• American 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 British Broadcasting Corporation.
• 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."
• Howjsay-- Instant audio feature
presents correct pronunciation for well over 170,000
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 organization.
• Linguasorb-- Offers helpful "verb conjugation resources, grammar lessons, vocabulary lists... with audio, translations, practice quizzes and more" in English.
Learns-- Growing from a U.S. Department of
Education project, "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 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."
• Duolingo-- Very
highly rated free interactive site with lessons
(reading, listening, and speaking), feedback, and
guidance in over a dozen languages. iPhone and Android
apps are available.
• Effective Language Learning-- Foreign language guides, learning tips, sources for free lessons, and reviews of commercial language courses.
Languages of the World-- "The comprehensive reference work that
catalogs all the [7,102] known living languages in the
world today," with
information and statistics viewable by regions,
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 forums, from the State University of New York
College at Cortland.
• Global Studies and Languages-- From MIT OpenCourseWare, free downloadable courses in many languages, literatures, and cultural studies, as taught at MIT.
• Goethe-Tests-- Thousands of free
online language tests in many languages and ability
levels, with answers, from the Goethe-Verlag in
Munich, in "25 languages and 600 language
• Indo-European Languages 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.
• Interagency Language Roundtable-- U.S. federal government "interagency organization established for the coordination and sharing of information about language-related activities at the federal level." Provides free information and self-assessment tools to check one's own level of foreign language mastery, translation and interpretation skills, and intercultural communication skills, using the ILR scale employed by the U.S. federal government.
• 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 19 foreign languages cost-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.
• Livemocha-- "As the world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world. Livemocha delivers an unparalleled learning experience that promises conversational fluency. Since launching in 2007, the Livemocha community has grown to over 16 million members from over 195 countries." 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.