Monthly Archives: August 2009

20 Free Tools for Translators and Language Learners

Today we have a guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about online colleges for OnlineColleges.net. Finding free translation tools online is a great way for translators and language learners to practice their skills. There are many different tools that can be used for […]

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Language 5 Comments

Name the city

Here’s a photo of the capital city of a mystery country. Do you know or can you guess where it is and which language is spoken there?

Language, Quiz questions 7 Comments

Tibetan inscription

Can any of you decipher this Tibetan inscription? It was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot whose brother was given it at a Tibetan monastery.

Language 3 Comments

Text to speech

I came across a useful site today that can read out texts in many languages and voices, including Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. While I’ve seen similar text-to-speech sites for languages like English, Spanish, French and German, this is the first one […]

Language, Technology 6 Comments

Language 101

Today we have a guest post by David, a developer of Language 101. Language 101 is a mostly free language learning software website that takes the proven principle of spaced repetition and makes it easy to use. For example, if you wanted to learn French you could be studying beginner’s French phrases in a few […]

Language, Language learning 1 Comment

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of part of a news report in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 16 Comments

Accent and ego

According to a study at the University of Haifa, the strength of your accent when speaking a foreign language depends, to some extent, on how much you like and respect the person you’re talking to. Your position in relation to the other language also affects your accent, something the article calls ‘language ego’. I’ve noticed […]

Language, Pronunciation 15 Comments

Comunicamo

Today we have a guest post by Anna, the author of Comunicamo Practicing languages via chat rooms or with pen-pals may be very helpful but for many of us it is often hard to choose an appropriate discussion topic. Comunicamo is a free website that allows you to practice foreign language by commenting on current […]

Language, Language exchange, Language learning 2 Comments

Facial expressions

When you look at someone to try and work out what they’re feeling, do you focus on their mainly eyes, or on their whole face? If you come from East Asia you might focus mainly on the eyes and express your emotions mainly through your eyes, whereas Westerners tend to focus on and use their […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording of part of a news report in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 14 Comments