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    • Language resources on the web
      Laura Wilson
      Reference Librarian
      Framingham State College
      April 14, 2010
    • Mango Languages
      Subscription based, access through the Library
      BBC / MIT / FSI
      Access course materials free
      Google Translate / Babel Fish
      Translate text
      Project Gutenberg and LibriVox
      Online e-books and audio books
      Second Life and Skype
      Chat with native speakers
      Where can I go to learn or practice a language online for free?
    • Online foreign language courses – subscription based
      Access through the Whittemore Library
      Trial period
      Two levels of courses – basic & “complete”
      Practice listening, reading and speaking
      Need computer speakers / headphones and microphone
      Also need Java and Adobe Flash installed
      Commonly studied languages and lesser-known languages
      Spanish, French, Italian, Urdu, Tagalog, Pashto
      ESL courses
      Mango Languages
    • Free!
      Audio and video courses for 7 languages
      12 week courses in 4 languages
      Get a certificate at the end!
      Basic vocabulary for many other languages
      Some culture information
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/
      BBC Languages
    • Courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute
      Text (vocabulary) & audio (pronunciation)
      Many languages, some have more materials than others
      A little confusing, but can offer good supplementary materials to another language course
      http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php
      FSI Language Courses
    • Course materials from MIT published for free on the web
      No login or registration required
      Undergraduate and graduate courses
      PDF documents (textbook excerpts, handouts), MP3 files (listening comprehension), lecture notes from the professor, suggested texts for further study
      http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Foreign-Languages-and-Literatures/index.htm#grad
      MIT Open Courseware
    • Google Translate
      Translates text, webpage, documents
      Over 60 languages available
      Translator Toolkit
      Take large amounts of “pre-translated” text, invite others to edit and perfect the text
      Babel Fish (Yahoo)
      Translate text or webpage
      Add Babel Fish to Yahoo Toolbar in your browser
      Highlight and click text, translate immediately
      Add Babel Fish directly to your own website
      Users can easily translate to their own language
      Google Translate / Babel Fish
    • Project Gutenberg
      Free e-books (public domain)
      Many foreign language titles
      Search by language in advance search
      http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/search
      LibriVox
      Free audiobooks (public domain)
      Many foreign language titles
      Search by language under “more” search options
      http://librivox.org/newcatalog/visitor_advanced.php
      Combine an e-book from PG with an audiobook from LV. Read and listen at the
      same time!
      Project Gutenberg / LibriVox
    • Skype
      Practice with native speakers for free
      Need Skype account
      Instant message, chat via microphone, or video chat via webcam
      http://forum.skype.com/forum/140-learn-languages-and-more/
      Skype language forum
      http://www.language-exchanges.org/
      Site hosted by Dickinson College in PA, dedicated to language exchanges via Skype
    • 3D virtual world (video game)
      Go anywhere on the virtual planet, connect with native speakers
      Text or voice chat
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKzkfyglJY8&feature=player_embedded
      Direct links to language-friendly locations in Second Life (need SL account)
      http://www.avatarlanguages.com/freepractice.php
      Second Life
    • Watch TV
      www.beelinetv.com
      www.broadband-television.com
      www.wwitv.com
      Listen to the radio
      www.live365.com
      Podcasts
      http://www.podcastalley.com/
      iTunes
      ebooks / Audiobooks from your local library
      Minuteman Network offers several ebooks and audiobooks dedicated to language learning
      What else?
      • Need a library card to borrow ebooks:
      http://www.mln.lib.ma.us/