What works the best when learning a new language?

Top 10 Tips and Tools for Learning a New Language

Doulingo  Learn language for Free!  (They also have a pay part of the site.)

Language Immersion is a very simple, but highly useful, extension for Google Chrome. Learning a language is all about practice, which is precisely what Language Immersion lets you do. The add-on randomly translates parts of whatever you are reading online, using Google Translate. There are 3 levels of immersion - novice, intermediate and fluent- and you can pick any of the 64 languages currently supported by Google Translate.

Frengly Enter text into the radio box and it will be translated into one of the languages listed at the bottom of the page.

Shared Talk   SharedTalk is a community of people from all around the world and is dedicated to language exchange and language learning. We are working to provide you with the best tools that can easily help you learn and practice foreign languages.

Babbel   Babbel is the new way to learn a foreign language. The comprehensive learning system combines effective educational methods with state-of-the-art technology. Interactive online courses will improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation skills in no time. You'll make fast progress and have fun doing it.  The first lesson, in all languages is free, but the whole course cost $$$.

  C|Net Video   The CNET video explains the Google browser extension. The video shows that you can load any text page into chrome and either several words or the whole page will be translated into one of 50 or 60 different languages. As you move your mouse over the foreign-language words it will be read to you in English. Clicking on the word will cause the text to be converted into English.   Chrome Immersion  is a plug-in which installs in your chrome browser.

 Signing Savvy   Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.   Signing Savvy is an ideal resource to use while you learn sign language. It includes the ability to view large sign videos, build your own word lists and share them with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, and more 

Voices for Openness in Language Learning     he Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) is one of 15 National Foreign Language Resource Centers funded by the US Department of Education. The overall mission of these federally-funded centers is to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing resources (materials and best practices) that can be profitably employed in a variety of settings.


Test Your French Skill Level  

  1.  Find out your French CEFR level for free
  2. Improve quickly with personalised lesson plans
  3. Adaptive quizzes with thousands of questions
  4. Improve your recall by up to 300%

  1.  Is Memrise really free? So how will you pay the bills and keep the site running?  
  2. 220 languages. Memrise is the fastest way to pick up vocabulary in any language.  Yes, the Memrise platform is totally free for everyone to use. Currently all of the courses on Memrise are also free. In the future, publishers and individual people will be able to create courses on the platform, and to charge for those courses. Memrise will take a 30% share of the revenues from selling any courses, and Memrise will vet courses before they are published on the site to ensure that they are of sufficient quality.  We will devote our efforts to helping the Memrise community make better and better free courses. If the Memrise community can make courses that are better than the people who are charging for their courses, then the people who are charging for the courses are going to have to up their game. That is part of the disruptive improvement that we are going to bring to the world of learning.In the meantime, we have raised funds from an inspirational group of investors, which keeps the servers running and the creative team expanding in the meantime.                   
  3. Verbiling  Verbling's mission is to give language learners access to native speakers faster and easier than anyone else.
  4. Foreign Languages Learn 40 Languages for Free: Spanish, English, Chinese & More 
  5. Auto Flash Cards  Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it is a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.
  6. I Love Languages    iLoveLanguages is a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources. The more than 2400 links at iLoveLanguages have been hand-reviewed to bring you the best language links the Web has to offer. Whether you're looking for online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, or just a little information on a language you've heard about, iLoveLanguages probably has something to suit your needs.
  7. Language Guide (Very Basic)
  8. Chrome Immersion  --This is the plugin for the Chrome browser.
  9. Pronounce all words, all languages  Forvo is the largest pronunciation guide in the world, the place where you´ll find millions of words pronounced in their original languages. Cool, isn´t it? Be a part of this cultural phenomenon now!
  10. Howjsay  A free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation
  11. Frengly Enter text into the radio box and it will be translated into one of the languages listed at the bottom of the page.
  12. 101 Free Language Tools  In today’s global economy, it’s more important than ever for students to be fluent in more than one language. Whether you are a student in a bachelor’s degree program or trying to earn your MBA, knowing more than one language is always helpful and extremely beneficial in the professional world. Doing so will open you up to more opportunities and a chance to work around the world. Here, you’ll find 101 tools that can help you learn a new language without spending a dime on tuition. While the following links take you to free resources, students who want to expand their language education further may wish to complete traditional or online master’s degree programs in SpanishJapanese, or Korean Studies to gain a deeper understanding of the culture, history, and literature associated with these languages.
  13. The Language Classroom  
  14. Rhyming Dictionary   rhyming dictionary it is a program designed to help you find the rhyme for a word. You can have a look at the online version of the rhyming dictionary. This version, however, contains fewer words than the registered version. There are online versions for rhyming dictionaries in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Latin, English, Croatian, Afrikaans, Esperanto, Turkish, Dutch, Yiddish, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Swahili, Norwegian, Japanese and Finnish (soon). Use one of the following links to select the desired rhyming dictionary
  15.  Foreign Language Online Dictionaries and Free Translation Links  There are 6,800 known languages spoken in the 200 countries of the world. 2,261 have writing systems (the others are only spoken) and about 300 are represented by on-line dictionaries as of May 11, 2004. Below are the ones we currently list. New languages and dictionaries are constantly being added to; as a result, we have the widest and deepest set of dictionaries, grammars, and other language resources on the web.
  16. International Accent Marks and Diacritical's  The symbols listed below are easy for occasional use whether for letter writing and invitations, business and academic documents, etc. The symbols are made by pressing and holding one of the ALT keys, then typing the indicated numbers. You must use the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard (check that Num Lock is on) or the "hidden" keypad on a laptopcomputer. For example: ALT + 0200 = È.  The letter appears after the Alt key is released. The ALT key methods are shown in the charts below. The International English Keyboard is an easier way for those who use many European accent marks fairly often.
  17.  learn 40 Languages for Free Open Culture    How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 40 languages, including Spanish,FrenchEnglishMandarinItalianRussian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go.
  18. Conjugate  verbs for the Mac or PC   Logos delivers translation solutions with over 33 years of knowledge and experience.
  19.  The laLanguage Classroom Why We Study Languages
  20.  Chinese English Dictionary   Our dictionary contains more than 41,000 entries. Each dictionary entry follows this pattern : traditional Chinese-simplified Chinese-pinyin-English. Pinyin is Chinese written in Western script. This Chinese English dictionary is highly customizable because it allows users to enable/disable any dictionary field, highlight the search word and magnify Chinese characters. Give it a try by clicking "My Dictionary Preferences" .
  21. Language Ladder  Plugin for Foxfire.  Hi, I'm Erik Larson and I built langladder because I wanted a plugin like it to use to learn spanish but but none existed. As luck would have it, the mozilla foundation was holding a competition called Jetpack For Learning. I entered into the compeition and after a month of banging my head against the wall learning web development, Langladder was selected as one of the ten finalists. They flew my down to attend a design camp and SXSW interactive. The experience has been great and I am extremely grateful to the mozilla foundation.
  22. Foreign Language Flashcards  Free language picture flashcards.  Our goal is to provide quality, easy to use language flashcards in as many languages as possible, especially the lesser known languages. This idea came when I was studying the Azeri language and had to create my own language flashcards. As I was hunting for images to use with my flashcards, I wondered how many people around the world were doing the exact same thing in a different language.After gathering over 1000 images I decided to begin translating other languages using the same word lists. Click on the Languages tab to see the current list.
  23. Byki  Your free Byki bundle includes a full working copy of BykiExpress, plus a collection of lists for your chosen language.It's free and you can use it forever, with no time or session limits. We think you'll like what you see and hear.

Sign Language

  1. Handspeak: Sign Language Resouce
  2.   Greetings, I'm an ASL instructor and ASL/Ameslan literary artist specializing in sign language. Born a native-signer to native signers (family and communities from Europe to North America), my work is a labor of love and passion for sign language.
  3.  American Sign Language Browser    
  4.  Signing Savvy   Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.   Signing Savvy is an ideal resource to use while you learn sign language. It includes the ability to view large sign videos, build your own word lists and share them with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, ...and more 
  5. Baby Sign Language is a project for parents teaching infants and toddlers early communications skills. We believe that early communication sets the foundation for accelerated learning, reduced frustration, and a closer relationship between parent and child.  Our website contains baby sign language resources designed around the pedagogical needs of infants and toddlers. In everything we do we take into account the daily challenges confronted by new parents as they attempt to equip their babies with the tools to thrive. 



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