Resources for Modern languages

Languages (General)

bab.La Loving Languages

Online dictionary and language quizzes.

BBC Languages

Includes links to BBC video and audio language courses, as well as a range of other useful resources for language learning.

Foreignword.com

Free online dictionary providing translations from 69 source languages into 73 target languages.

iLoveLanguages.com

Comprehensive catalogue of language-related Internet resources with more than 2400 links.

Internet for Modern Languages

An Internet tutorial from the Intute Virtual Training Suite.

LexioPhiles

Provides links to the top 100 language blogs.

Verbs Online

Online exercises for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and English verbs.

Arabic

Google Arabic

Arabic version of the Google search engine.

Intute Arabic

Provides links to useful resources for Arabic language learning and Middle East studies.

Madinah Arabic

Online Arabic language learning course.

Yemen Links

Provides access to printable Arabic language learning materials.

Chinese

BBC Chinese

Provides links to BBC Chinese language learning resources.

Google China

Chinese version of the Google search engine.

Intute Chinese

Provides links to useful resources for Chinese language learning and area studies.

English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

1-Language.com

Resources for students and teachers of English.

BBC Learning English

Provides links to BBC English language learning resources.

Internet Grammar of English

Online course in English grammar from UCL (University College London) written primarily for university undergraduates. Free to anyone logging in from a domain ending in .ac.uk.

Intute English Studies

Provides links to useful resources for English studies.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online

University of Essex users only.

Parapal

Provides access to a variety of interactive English exercises, designed to improve listening, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills.

UsingEnglish.com

Large collection of useful ESL (English as a second language) resources for students, teachers and academics.

Vocabulix

Allows practice of English vocabulary and verb conjugations.

French

BBC French

Provides links to BBC French language learning resources.

Culture.fr

Contains information about French culture.

Dictionnaire des Synonymes

Online reference dictionary of French synonyms. The database contains approximately 50,000 basic word entries and 400,000 synonyms for those entries.

Français Interactif

Online language course which takes the beginner through the basics to an intermediate level of French.

Google France

French version of the Google search engine.

Grammaire Française

Online guide to French grammar aimed at students of the language.

Intute French

Provides links to useful resources for French studies.

Le Monde

Online access to the full text of Le Monde. University of Essex users only.

WordReference.com

Online French-English/English-French dictionary.

German

BBC German

Provides links to BBC German language learning resources.

Dict.cc

Free collaborative online dictionary with vocabulary trainer.

The European

Berlin-based online magazine focusing on current socio-political debates.

Google Deutschland

German version of the Google search engine.

Intute German

Provides links to useful resources for German studies.

Der Spiegel

Online access to the full text of Der Spiegel. University of Essex users only.

Tatsachen über Deutschland

Contains information and statistics relating to Germany.

Vocabulix

Allows practice of German vocabulary and verb conjugations.

Italian

BBC Italian

Provides links to BBC Italian language learning resources.

Centro Studi Italiani

Includes grammar and vocabulary guides, games and a broad range of interactive language exercises.

Google Italia

Italian version of the Google search engine.

Intute Italian

Provides links to useful resources for Italian studies.

ICoN: Italian Culture on the Net

Website provided by the Italian government and a consortium of Italian universities with the aim of promoting Italian language and culture. Resources include an online library, an encyclopaedia and a virtual museum of Italian culture

Portuguese

BBC Portuguese

Provides links to BBC Portuguese language learning resources.

Google Portugal

Portuguese  version of the Google search engine.

Intute Portuguese

Provides links to useful resources for Portuguese studies.

Portuguese Online

Online beginner's course in the Portuguese language for the lay and academic user, including pronunciation lessons and grammatical tables and assistance.

Spanish

Audiria

Online tool supporting Spanish Language learning. Includes exercises and multimedia audio files.

BBC Spanish

Provides links to BBC Spanish language learning resources.

Google España

Spanish version of the Google search engine.

Iberian Studies Web

Access to scholarly online resources in Iberian studies (for Spain, Portugal and Andorra).

Intute Spanish

Provides links to useful resources for Spanish studies.

Vocabulix

Allows practice of Spanish vocabulary and verb conjugations.


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