Compiled List of Websites to Help with Language Learning
I found many posts that included websites to go to, so I decided I would compile the list into one post to make it easier. This was done specifically for ones learning Spanish, but a lot of the websites include the other languages too.
- Memrise.com is like Duolingo, and is free. (also on app store) Allows you to learn in a different way.
- Cram.com let's you create flashcards to study. Also, you have access to other people's flashcards.
- http://goo.gl/6mcsn - Watch TED talks subtitled in Spanish (Has option to choose different subtitles)
- http://goo.gl/4OWx41 - Youtube Playlists of Children's Stories in Spanish (The channel also has other languages)
- http://goo.gl/SMyo4 - See if you are Spanish Certified with this test
- http://msnlatino.telemundo.com - Watch tv shows on Telemundo, which is an American Spanish network.
- http://xdvideos.blogspot.com - Has tv shows, such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Malcolm in the Middle, dubbed in Spanish.
- http://goo.gl/Fhruii - And lastly, I created a playlist of a few movies dubbed in Spanish, such as Finding Nemo.
- thefrenchexperiment.com- children's stories, french lessons, course reviews.
Additional Info: 1. DRAE - Spanish dictionary app 2. Uforia Música- Spanish radio app
Be sure to include any additional websites in comments.
Here are a few others :
www.wordreference.com - A translation dictionary with many languages, conjugation tables and a forum for hard to find answers;
www.granddictionnaire.com - A French - English dictionary for domain specific terms (accountability, geology, medical, etc.);
www.opensubtitles.org, www.divxsubtitles.net, www.divxsubs.com, www.moviesubtitles.org and many others - Search engines for subtitles files in many languages. You can download individual subtitles for almost any movie to add to your digital audio-video movies found elsewhere (many DVDs and Blu-Rays these days come with a digital copy, if you can't rip it yourself. I won't give advice for illegal activities here);
http://www.crisco.unicaen.fr/des/ - A French synonyms dictionary (the most complete and useful I've ever seen);
http://goldendict.org/ - An opensource software (also available in portable version to install on a flash drive) to connect to many online dictionaries (you can add the addresses yourself to your favorite ones) and search them all at once with one search.
Last but not least : this is more a tip than a website, but on youtube, and maybe other video sites as well, you can add subtitles to many videos by clicking the close caption ("cc") button on the bottom right of the video player. So enjoy yourselves searching for videos in the language you're learning and add subtitles in a language you understand (or better yet, subtitles in the same language as the video, to maximize the learning process !)
That's it for now, I'll add others as they come to mind.
Stumbled upon two other very interesting web sites to hear the subtlety of pronunciation in many languages. Here they are :
- http://www.fonetiks.org/ - A site with many, if not every, sounds in different languages, even complete with some regional differences (compare Canadian to Belgian, Switzerland and France French, for exemple)
- http://ielanguages.com/ - Free language courses with videos in many languages, the most interesting part that I've found is with the slang, it really help with the video supporting the lesson by showing how the spoken expression would be written, of where it comes from (compared to standard correct, or literary language)
Well, I've been studying and translating languages online for a long time ! Hence the resources I accumulated over the time.
Yet another :
- http://bookmooch.com/ - An international community of free book exchange. Because it might be either tough or extremely expensive to buy books in a foreign language new on the internet. Here's how it works : you post the books you want to give away and, for each book you've given (you have to pay for shipping), you get 1 point if it's in your country or 3 if it's outside. You pay the same number of points to ask for a book (which is free because the sender pays).
Thank you both! They've been added to the wiki.
A good friend of mine who is a translator just started a very interesting blog, with a few tools for language learners, among which a language learning pairing system to find you someone willing to learn your language speaking the language you want to learn, for internet exchanges. Look it up here. It's available in 5 languages : French, Español, Deutsch, English and Euskara (Basque).
SpanishDict.com is a "learn Spanish from the ground up" site like Duolingo, but with a totally different approach. They have videos, flashcards, discussion forums, and an extensive grammar section. It's a phenomenal complement to Duolingo.
Livemocha.com - native speakers review your work, both written and spoken, and you review theirs. Multiple languages. It changes a lot because they are still figuring out exactly what works best (kind of like Duolingo)
Verbling.com - speak live online in a group via video chat (Google Hangouts) or take live video classes for $3 US each. If you buy more classes they are cheaper per class. Other languages besides Spanish, too.
RTVE.ES - Spain's national radio, television, and news website. Streaming radio (canal 5 is all news and talk, kind of like NPR in the United States). Many of the television shows don't stream to other countries, but some do.
Anki - excellent flashcard program. Available for PC, Android, iOS, and website. Free card sets for download. Multiple subjects, including Spanish. Plus make your own cards. It supports sound, images, extremely customizable.
Wow, you and lexxybooty are great, I gave you two a lingot and bookmarked this page. I'll definitely check these out once I finish my tree!
Thank you! I never got a lingot before and yesterday I got TWO! I feel so rich :D
Thanks for the additional websites. I'll be sure to take a look at all of them. :)
Babbel wants money after the first lesson for free. I'd add that to your notes. :)
I used http://www.learnkorean.com/lesson/kclassindex.asp and http://www.learnkoreanlanguage.com/learn-korean-beginners.html to learn the Hangeul for Korean, and I'm also using the app Korean Letters ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/korean-letters/id495504095?mt=8 ) to learn the pronunciation, since I'm fine with everything EXCEPT the difference between eo and o (there is one, and I thought I had it, but I didn't.)
Thanks for sharing those! For Korean I would recommend http://www.koreanwikiproject.com/wiki/index.php?title=Learn_hangeul for learning Hangeul, and http://www.talktomeinkorean.com/curriculum for learning vocabulary and for listening practice. Talk to Me in Korean is an incredibly complete site - I wish I had time to work my way through their lessons. >.<
Found these for Korean also.
http://www.howtostudykorean.com <- has beginning to advanced lessons. 100% free, has workbooks, some audio.
http://www.zkorean.com/korean-grammar-and-vocabulary-reference <- grammar and study reference ( http://www.zkorean.com/ ) is also a dictionary.
http://mylanguages.org/learn_korean.php <- more grammar reference
http://www.koreangrammarplus.com/ <- Korean grammar plus reading practice.
I think you'll find additional gratitude if you post in the Spanish subforum too! :)
Going in a slightly different direction here but at http://www.conversationexchange.com/ you can find speakers of all kinds of languages and speak to them for practise.
I also use 'WeChat' - a free Chinese app for smartphones that you can find native Chinese speakers to talk to. Can type using characters with a downloaded keyboard or use it as a walkie-talkie where it saves messages to be listened to and replied to. Basically a delayed phone call but will give practise speaking and listening.
Hope someone finds those useful!
Thanks for the tips. Memrise is actually pretty impressive (and fun) with a huge number of courses (I'm finally getting my Russian and Polish cravings fed), and can be used for more than spoken languages (e.g. the Shell Fu course, which I've added to my list).
Lang-8 and Quizlet are cool, too. The former is like Immersion from DL and the latter more like Memrise. Spent quite a bit of time on these today.
Competition among services is good, and they'll definitely supplement each other.
Edit: There's also lexisrex.com which lets you build up word lists and play games to test. Kinda rough around the edges, currently.
BibleGateway - free web site with side by side translation
Oh goodie! I finally found the right place to put this comment, and have a chance return something to the duoLingo community who has given so much to me!
I recently reached a level of Italian where I can learn a lot from reading side by side translation of something I am familiar with, and was thinking about what would be a good way to achieve this kind of practice.
Right around this time I had this thought as well: I miss my dedicated bible reading time. You see, I have poured my time into practicing Italian for about twelve weeks now.
So, my thought was to combine the two. If you enjoy reading the bible, see how easy it is to put two (or even more!) translations side by side on the screen.
- Load up BibleGateway
- find a translation you like in the drop down box on the right
- enter a passage into the search box (e.g. James 1:5)
- watch as Bible Gateway displays your passage in your first translation
- now you can click on the "add parallel' button (just to the right) and select a second translation
- watch as BibleGateway displays both translations in parallel
- you can add more ....
NOTE: Sorry - for some reason I cannot get my direct links to work with duo's formatting ... be patient, I'll get it right eventually ... but ...
WORKAROUND: if you manually copy the following link into your browser it should bring up the double translation for John 1:1-5 ... NIV and NR1994
Yabla.com - fairly cheap but not free. Includes videos with transliterations ( words written in the language of the video) beneath the video, and a translation under that. Available for English speakers in German, French, Italian, Chinese and Spanish, and for English learners in MANY other languages (although not all of those have translations.) Includes games and a dictionary, can slow down or replay segments of the video.
Lang-8.com - Great site to learn grammar - basic form is free. Enter posts in the target language, have them corrected by native speakers.
Veintemundos.com - free site, great articles, Spanish only. MP3's available for all articles, sometimes includes video links with the article and has vocabulary games and some grammar lessons linked.
That's pretty useful. If you ever find one similar in German, please tell me ! ;-)
Lang-8 is a really great site. You post in your secondary language and native speakers correct your posts. In return, you correct posts in your native language that other people are learning. It's a win-win, and it really makes up for what Duolingo lacks in writing practice. (On here, you translate sentences, but on Lang-8 you completely write your own posts).
Incredible French courses: http://www.didierlatitudes.com/
Check out how vast is your vocab in English: http://dynamo.dictionary.com/
Italian verbs conjugator (conjugation of more than 20,000 verbs) http://www.italian-verbs.com/verbi-italiani.htm
University free language courses links: http://noticias.universia.com.br/destaque/especial/2013/07/10/1035282/22/700-cursos-online-gratis-das-melhores-universidades-do-mundo/cursos-online-gratis-de-linguas-das-melhores-universidades-do-mundo.html
English listening: http://www.letras.ufmg.br/arado/listening.html
Rai 15 unit Italian course: http://www.italiano.rai.it/livello/livello-a1/487/default.aspx
1850 italian songs with the original lyrics: http://italiasempre.com/verpor/mp32.php
Video with links to Italian and French Music with lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhXEJtY31SU
Site with movies (most classic and cult ones) from USA, UK, France, Italy and many other countries; all movies in the original language with subtitles in Portuguese. http://filmeonlinetocadoscinefilos.blogspot.com.br/
3 best Brazilian music sites( there's a lot of foreign music as well):
I've created a page on the (unofficial) Duolingo Wikia page with the first random few of these links classified by language and category of help/content they provide. It'll be much more practical to find what we're looking for as the number of comments stack up on this post. I'll add the rest when I'll have more time. Feel free to add them yourselves, as I can't guarantee I'll have that much time to monitor this thread to test and add every link anyone posts here as soon as they do.
Added all the rest for you. :) It's current up to anything posted by February 23rd, 2014 http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Useful_links_for_learning_or_practicing_a_language_outside_of_Duolingo
For German learners, leo.org is a really good online dictionary. All Germans I've met know and use it.
For learners of most Indo-European languages, ielanguages.com has really good language tutorials with indepth grammar explanations for all the major IE language, and even some non IE languages, such as Turkish and Indonesian. This website with along with the book Mastering German Vocabulary are how I learned German when my high school didn't offer German.
Lingro.com is a great site I have recently found. It makes it so every word on any webpage can be clicked on for a translation. Better than that, it will save a list of words you have looked up (as well as the context in which you saw it) for further study. It will make them into flashcards if you want and they say more games are coming soon. It works for several languages - the site seems to be down right now or I would give a list.
Added this to the wiki! Thanks! http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Useful_links_for_learning_or_practicing_a_language_outside_of_Duolingo
Wow, great resource! I've added this to the wiki. Thanks!
I'd like to add that if you have an iPhone/iPad/iPod/etc, you can download a free app called 'Tandem' which allows you to start chats with people of the language you are learning. You can either help them learn your native language, or they can help you learn their native language (eg. if I were speaking with a French person, I could help them improve their English, or they could help me to improve my French). It's a great app and everyone has been really helpful and kind on it. You can even voice call or video call the person you've started a chat with, so it could also be very useful for things like pronunciation. I definitely recommend it to anyone learning a language who would especially like to improve their communication/conversation skills (:
Would be nice, to have a group or community for duolingo members in facebook, if someone is encourage, then we can do it and to start with a means for our idiomatic progress. I'm from colombia and speak spanish, I have talked by skype with people from Canada, EEUU,Rusia, Inglaterra and I feel that it has been really really helpful. Please correct me the mistakes. Thanks :)
Hi Luis. Here is a corrected version for you:
It would be nice to have a group or community for duolingo members on facebook, if someone likes the idea, then we can do it and to start with a means for our idiomatic progress. I'm from colombia and speak spanish, I have talked by skype with people from Canada, USA, Russia and England and I feel that it has been really really helpful. Please correct my mistakes. Thanks :)
I do not understand "to start with a means for our idiomatic progress". If your say it in Spanish I will try to transalate it :)
Sorry, I do not do Facebook :/
"idiom" can also mean language, I believe. So I think Luis means linguistic progress. :)
How do you make text appear in italic in posts on Duo ? It'd be most useful to limit the use of 2 and 3 levels of parenthesis and the overuse of quotes !
Does the Duo forum supports html tags ?
Never mind, I've found by myself :
Between single asterisks
Between double asterisks
Between triple asterisks
Can you add this to your playlist of movies? this is the Spanish version of Frozen. It's kinda, you know, illegal :D And it's not in high definition though :o
Try Zambombazo for Spanish
Also Euronews for all languages - dip into the English if you need to to clarify what is being said and then watch the other language version(s). http://www.euronews.com/
For German Deutsche Welle has courses at all levels and many fantastic features.
Also news in slow Spanish ,French and Italian are very good up to the minute sites and although there is a membership fee there is a huge resource of learning material for a very reasonable price.
Also there is Slow German
Here are some French related websites (all free) for more immersion into the language (media):
http://pluzz.francetv.fr/depuis-l-etranger -- On demand French streaming videos.
http://www.radio-canada.ca/widgets/mediaconsole/livem/RDICA/ -- Live Quebec TV station streaming (not always on the air).
http://www.radio-canada.ca/widgets/mediaconsole/livem/cbft/ -- Same as above but another station.
For single-language dictionaries:
Great site for audiobooks of books in the public domain in lots of different languages (even languages like Latin): https://librivox.org/
It's been added to the wiki. Thanks for your contribution! http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Useful_links_for_learning_or_practicing_a_language_outside_of_Duolingo
I'm not sure whether I should stick with Duolingo or go to Fluencia. I like Duoingo but I wish they would come out with more social features like you can talk with someone on the website in the language you are taking. So should I switch to fluencia?
I don't know if it's better than Duo, but it isn't free, at least not after a few lessons. Why not try it out up to the point where it becomes paying and then you can decide? And nothing prevents you from doing both. I think Duolingo is great for two reasons : it is free and it encourages to practice everyday. But in my opinion, it focuses too much on translation, which is absolutely not a good thing when you reach a certain level : at one point you have to stop thinking in your native language and do it directly in the language you want to speak, hence the benefits of language immersion (real ones, not the translating section of Duo).
I've been looking for a good source for learning Finnish. There are some videos on Youtube that have helped but I need something a bit more involving. Any one know anyplace off the top of their heads?
Thanks a lot. The youtube playlist you've created is showing an error(the playlist is set to private access), please check it.
It can, but I believe she (the OP) intended for other users to complete the list with sites they know about other languages.
i just noticed that the posts where people said this would do better in the Spanish forum were downvoted. Appears we either hurt someone's feelings or otherwise offended someone. If there's some etiquette that I'm not aware of, feel free to let me know (post on wall is fine, since Duo doesn't offer private messaging). thx
I think a down vote just means people disagree, they don't need to be offended by something to disagree with it.
I thought about putting it there, but a lot of the websites are for other languages too. So I decided against it.
I believe the OP intended the post to serve for all languages but knew herself mostly Spanish ones since this is the language she's studying.
I believe it'd be more useful to keep them together since many sites offer help in more than one language and we wouldn't necessary look for them in the sub-forum of a language we're not currently learning.