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Links: English language

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General sites about the English language

History of the English language

Information about the English language


Dialects of English

Dialects of English

Accent Map of the British Isles

International Dialects of English Archive

Worldwide Accents of English


Cumbria dialect

Dorset Dialect

Durham & Tyneside Dialect

Estuary English

Lancashire dialect

Dialects of North East England

Yorkshire dialect

Huddersfield dialect


Scottish Vernacular Dictionary


American Dialect Society


Canadian English

Harvard World-wide English Dialects

The Chat Slang Dictionary

Slangit - The Slang Dictionary


Guides to various varieties of English

United Kingdom English for the American Novice

American and British English differences

The Best of British - The American's guide to speaking British.

NZ English to US English Dictionary

Collections of English dialects recordings

Simplified Technical English


English slang

Cockney Rhyming Slang

Dublin Slang


Yooper Dialect

Philly Slang

Ozark Slang

Australian Slang

New Zealand Slang

Urban English - English to Russian slang glossary


Online English language courses

ingilizce dersleri (English lessons in Turkish)

Online tools for the English language

Effortless English - video and blog posts teaching everything you need to know about learning English

Learn English pronunciation

English Xtra - a comprehensive suite of activities for learners of English

English Speaking - Learn to speak English and improve your spoken English

Learn English online with EnglishClass101 | English learning software

How to pronounce (American) English words and use them

Learning Chocolate - free vocabulary games for students to learn English vocabulary online:

Guides to English grammar

Grammar and spell checkers

Resources about writing in English

Rhyming dictionaries and related sites

Blair English - business English exercises

Online English test

The English Alley - learn English vocabulary

ESL worksheets

Games for learning English

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Online English language dictionaries

Oxford English Dictionary

Collins Online dictionaries

Merriam-Webster Online


Cambridge Dictionaries Online

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

English Dictionary

RapiDefs English dictionary>

English Literature Dictionary & Glossary for students

Memidex - and English dictionary with definitions, audio and etymology - the world's fastest, smartest dictionary

Fine Dictionary


Online English language radio (Australia) (Canada) (Ireland) (UK) (USA) (USA)


Literature in English available online

Bibliomania - articles, drama, fiction, interviews, poetry and short stories

Page By Page Books. Read Classic Books Online, Free

The Literature Network: Online classic literature, poems, and quotes. Essays & Summaries - full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature.

Shmoop Literature Study Guides

100 essential sites for voracious readers


Online audio books in English and other languages

LiteralSystems - Free Audio Books

LibriVox - free online audio books

1000+ Free Books, MP3 Audio Books

Open Culture - free audio books in a variety of languages

The Bible in MP3 Audio


Alternative spelling systems for English

There have been numerous prosposals to simplify, reform and/or improve the spelling of English. Below are links to a few of them.

Simplified Spelling Society

Fanetik - Reformed (Phonetic) English Spelling

S4 Phonetics - a simplified phonetic system for US and UK English

Spelling Reform - And The Real Reason It's Impossible

English Spelling - Problems in learning to read and write

A number of alternative alphabets for English have been devised, including:
Deseret, Interbet, Quikscript, Shavian and Unifon

Constructed scripts for English


Information about English | British English phrases | Tongue twisters | Tower of Babel | Books about English | English-related links


[top] Importance of Interpreters in Schools There are many options for education with regard to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. However, sometimes those options are limited because of where a person lives or how much they can afford. Sending a student who is deaf or hard of hearing to a public education system can seem like poor option, but don’t underestimate the value an interpreter can bring to that situation and make it a truly positive experience. Communication Access Support Interpreters in the education system can provide children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the benefits of communication access in regular school systems.. They do this by accurately representing the classroom instruction and making dialogue possible between a teacher and student. As well, they communicate relevant sound information in the mode of communication used in classroom. Interpreters in the classroom are there to ensure that students can fully and effectively access any and all sound information they would otherwise not have access to without an interpreter. The interpreter can not only convert dialogue between the deaf or hard of hearing student, but also give them access to the sounds and conversations happening around them. This helps make them an active part of their school community. An interpreter's role is even greater in the classroom because they are not only tasked with interpreting, but also educating in their own way. The interpreter must take into account the child's best interests considering taking into account the language level of the child, academic competence, social development, and interpersonal skills. The interpreter is not a personal disciplinarian It is important that an interpreter understand how important the relationship they have with their student is built on mutual respect and trust. Both the interpreter and the deaf or hard of hearing student must know each other's roles. Many time teachers view educational interpreters as the personal disciplinary, but this is a mistake. If an interpreter becomes the disciplinary this can send a mixed message to the student who is deaf or hard of hearing. The student might realize they are being treated differently than the other kids. This kind of situation can lead to a potential misunderstanding of the roles between the interpreter and student. If a student feels like their interpreter is upset with their behavior they may not try to communicate when they don’t understand a teacher, for fear of upset their interpreter even more. Fall-out from this kind of situations can cause a breakdown in communication access and flow for the deaf or hard of hearing learner. This must be avoided by a proactive strategy to which all parties agree that the classroom teacher is the authoritarian and disciplinarian. Beyond the education system The interpreter’s role will always be changing as a student grows up and develops as his or her own person. An Interpreter in high school will require different tact than an interpreter in elementary school. The maturing process into adolescence and becoming a teenager, the educational interpreter can empower the student into self-advocacy. The goal is to encouraging a student to actively determining their needs and how to overcome them. The most important thing for deaf or hard of hearing student before graduating should be to know how to request an interpreter for whatever future needs will come up in their lives.