Reference, Miscellaneous

Alt Codes for Windows
Includes information on symbols for foreign language letters and accents in various systems, suggestions for specific languages, links, and more.
CopyPaste Character
A page with various extra characters, including accented ones, which makes it easy to copy and paste the characters into regular documents.
The Enduring Voices Project
The goal of the Enduring Voices Project is to document endangered languages and prevent language extinction…
Foreign Language News and Newspapers
From the MIT Library, links to newspapers in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Links to European radio stations streaming live on the internet.
Le Notepad
Online notepad with handy clickable accented letters to choose from.
This site contains details of most alphabets and other writing systems currently in use, as well as quite a few ancient and invented ones. It also includes … multilingual texts, tips on learning languages, a book store, some useful phrases in many different languages, and a ever-growing collection of links to language-related resources.
Type text in the box using the offered selections to insert accented characters and copy/paste what you’ve written to other documents. Pastes into both Word and plain text documents. Easy!


Babbel $$
Find people to learn from or to practise together. Multi-media vocab trainers with pictures and sounds combine learning and entertainment. Manage your personal vocabulary and choose your learning strategy.
BBC: Languages
Free online beginner courses, audio magazines, news links, reviews, more. (archived site) $$
Online learning community to connect with native speakers and learn directly from other members of the community! Be completely flexible and learn only what you really need!
Free courses in Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian.
Words pronounced in their original languages.
Via flashcards, Imendi helps people to learn basic vocabulary of foreign languages. It uses simple game mechanic where you pair meanings in selected languages.
Learn a language’s basic vocabulary with 10 words a day.
A popular site which allows you to learn languages online at your own pace with fun language lessons. Connect with foreign language partners around the world.
Mango Languages
Free and paid online flash language courses.
Vocabulary builders in a wide range of languages. Also offers apps for both iOS and Android devices.
Open Culture: Free Foreign Language Lessons
Free podcasts for a multitude of languages from Arabic to Yiddish.
Open University: Languages
Free online class materials.
Free weekly podcasts plus additional materials – some via paid subscription – for learning languages.
A resource for travelers. Over 60 different languages are represented. Currency exchange rates and links to foreign language dictionaries are included.
Online Verb Conjugation Trainer – Learn Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, English.

American Sign Language

American Sign Language Browser
An older resource on signing from Michigan State University. Some parts may be outdated.
American Sign Language Dictionary
Search for a word, see a short video showing it.
American Sign Language University
American Sign Language University is a sign language resource site for ASL students and teachers. Here you will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing.
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.

 Deaf Life and Deaf Culture 

About: Deaf Culture
American deaf culture is a living, growing, changing thing as new activities are developed and the output of intellectual works increases.
Deaf Culture
Discussion of Deaf culture as a culture and comparisons with other cultures as to how they differ from mainstream culture.
Current trending articles from popular Deaf blogs and vlogs.
The Deaf Resource Library
A virtual library — an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics.
People in the deaf community have enjoyed the Internet and computers because it has opened up a whole new deaf world for them. Many deaf sites exist for those with a hearing loss …. Extensive listing by topic of Deaf-related websites.
Gallaudet University
For more than 150 years, Gallaudet University has led advances in education of deaf and hard of hearing students and deaf rights worldwide. Today, students from across the United States and more than 25 countries—diverse in perspective, backgrounds, interests and communication styles—form an exciting learning community as they prepare for dynamic careers and a lifetime of growth.
National Association of the Deaf
The NAD is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
Seeing at the Speed of Sound
Lipreading, which makes one sense do the work of another, is a skill daunting to describe. Rachel Kolb, ’12, deaf since birth, shares its mysteries.


Ad Fontes Academy: The Classics Pages
Contains dozens of texts in the original Latin, and links to other pages of Latin literature and of English translations.
Classics Unveiled
Portal to four classics sites online: MythNET (classical mythology), Rome Unleashed (Roman history), Rome Exposed (Roman life), and Latin Wordstock (Latin vocabulary and derivatives).
The Classics Pages
Over 1000 pages of news, information, games and controversy about the life, literature, art and archaeology of the ancient world of Greece & Rome.
Forum Romanum
Collection of links concerning Latin language and Roman history and culture, with many visual images. A Perseus Award site.
Haverford College: Classics Podcasts
This page contains links to Podcasts of readings of Latin and (ancient) Greek texts. Although many have been produced under the auspices of Haverford College, those recorded and placed in the public domain by others are also listed.
The History of Rome
A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas’s arrival in Italy and ending (someday) with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
Internet Classics Archive
English translations of many works of classic literature.
LacusCurtius: A Gateway to the Roman World
Roman antiquities, texts, architecture, maps, and scholarly works about the classical world.
Latin 1: The Easy Way
I use a method that’s a little different than the standard, a method aimed at results, not tradition, and no need to learn grammar at the outset, when you’ve got enough new things to learn. If you learned by the traditional method you may find this radically different; but trust me.
The Latin Library
Test yourself by choosing a declension and being presented with a word and filling in the blanks for the various cases.
Words by William Whitaker
Latin to English or English to Latin.
Nuntii Latini
This site is a weekly review of world news in Classical Latin, the only international broadcast of its kind in the world.  Audio recordings as well as text transcriptions are available.
Wikipedia: Pagina Prima
Latin language version of Wikipedia.


BBC: Languages: Real Chinese
A lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chinese TV series.
BBC World News in Mandarin
News from the British Broadcasting Company.
Chinese Character a Day
A site to help you learn how to recognize, type, pronounce, and write Chinese Characters.
Free Mandarin Chinese Lessons
These Mandarin Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills…
Free Mandarin Chinese Online Lessons
The free online Mandarin Chinese lesson is to give a glimpse of some basic pronunciation to total novices who are interested in learning Mandarin Chinese. By completing all 32 lessons provided here you should be able to manage basic pronunciation of most of the Chinese characters covered, learn some vocabularies and acquire certain simple Chinese sentence structure.
Gateway to Chinese
This site offers a collection of free interactive language learning resources for beginning Mandarin Chinese. Students now have the option to practice pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, listening, and reading skills at their own convenience.
Hear Mandarin Chinese Survival Phrases
Some basic phrases to get you started. History of Mandarin Chinese
An Informative Introduction to China’s Official Language. Mandarin
Articles on Mandarin grammar,vocabulary, pronounciation, and writing, plus information about Chinese culture.
Travel Guide China: Chinese Language
A basic discussion of what Mandarin is and where it is spoken.
Useful Mandarin Chinese Phrases
Click on any of the phrases that are links to hear them spoken.

 Chinese Culture offers broad access to up-to-date cultural news about China with a wealth of information about Chinese history, culture, politics and economy. From China’s Ministry of Culture.
China – Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette
This is useful for anyone researching Chinese culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better. You may be going to China on business, for a visit or even hosting Chinese colleagues or clients in your own country. Remember this is only a very basic level introduction and is not meant to stereotype all Chinese people you may meet!
Chinese Culture
Our China culture guide contains information divided into Traditions, Heritage, the arts, Festivals, Language, and Symbols. Topics include Chinese food, World Heritage sites, China’s Spring Festival, Kungfu, and Beijing opera.
Chinese culture and traditions documentary video
Delves into cultural customs and traditions of Chinese populations. The program details the development of Chinese family life, medicine, mealtime manners, and music. China’s cultural traditions of respecting the elderly, practicing tai chi, and lighting sky lanterns are also explored.
Travel China Guide: Chinese Culture
Overview of Chinese culture for travelers.


Search in Spanish: Google EspañolYahoo! EspañolLa Nueva Encilopedia
About: Spanish Language
About: Spain – Travel
Pages on Spanish language and culture, with links to literature, history, travel, dictionaries, and more.
All About Spain
All sorts of information about Spain, especially for the traveler. Available in English, Spanish, and German.
Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish
This video series (52 half-hour programs) teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish. This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses students in everyday situations with native speakers and introduces the cultures, accents, and dialects…
This site offers basic Spanish vocabulary with native pronunciation, useful Spanish expressions, practice games and quizzes, and links to Spanish-speaking online radios and other useful sites.
Learn Spanish
Lots of free study materials on Spanish language and culture, as well as a section of additional pay services.
La Nueva Encilopedia Cumbre
A comprehensive reference resource for Spanish speakers and Spanish language students. (SCC staff and students: see librarian for password.)
Notes In Spanish
Our Spanish podcasts (free on-line radio shows) bring you real conversations in Spanish about real-life topics. We go beyond the text books to the Spanish you’ll never find in a classroom!
Learn Spanish in 5 Minutes a Day! (Facebook tie-in).
Open University: Spanish
Free online class materials.
PH School
Prentice Hall School has tie-in information that goes with your textbook. Check with your teacher for your access code.
Site for teachers and their students with resources, activities, quizzes, and more in a variety of stubjects, including Spanish. Check with your teacher for access information.
List of links arranged by subject for Spanish language, literature, news, and other related topics.
Spanish CALL Project
This searchable site is designed for intermediate and advanced students of the Spanish language.
Lessons, phrasebook, dictionary, flashcards, Spanish word of the day, videos, podcasts, and more can be found on this site.
Spanish Grammar Exercises
Review grammar and vocabulary, watch video clips, and hear pronunciation.
Spanish Language and Culture
Formerly known as “Spanish Grammar Exercises”, this site by a professor at Colby College has some excellent grammar exercises and modules examining various aspects of culture.
Study Spanish
Free online Spanish tutorial.
Super Spanish websites
Plenty of links for Spanish language and culture, arranged by subject.
Spain’s leading independent Search Engine & Directory.
Verbs Online: Spanish Verbs
Great way to review; offers option of which tenses to cover.
Vocabulix; Learn Spanish
Online tool to build vocabulary and practice verbs.
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