alphabet blocks English & Other Languages See also:
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Useful Websites : LANGUAGE

English

Byki is now Transparent Language Online TRANSPARENT LANGUAGE ONLINE (formerly Byki) : 'Web-based Language Learning that's easy, fast, and effective! A powerful language-learning system that uses flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases. It is the fastest possible way to lock foreign words and phrases into your long-term memory. Offers over 80 language options, ESL, personal progress tracking, pronunciation analysis, international language and cultural resources, and more!' NOTE: New users will have to set up a personal username and password by clicking on the 'Sign Up Now' button. If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started. From Recorded Books

Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center PETERSON'S TESTING & EDUCATION REFERENCE CENTER : International Tools include free practice tests, study tips, test prep eBooks and related resources for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication). If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started.

Universal Class UNIVERSAL CLASS : Free online non-credit courses in English language skills. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started. (Site includes advertisements)

Big Dog's Grammar - A fun and easy-to-follow guide to the basic rules of English grammar (by retired English Professor Scott Foll). Dr. Grammar answers many commonly-asked questions about English grammar (lay or lie? good or well? its or it's?) and also offers links to resources on grammar, word origins, English as a Second Language, citing sources, and more (University of Northern Iowa). Grammar and Writing Guide defines the different parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, etc.), explains sentence structure, and provides tips for composing good sentences, paragraphs, essays, and research papers. Also offers quizzes, FAQs, and other helpful tools (Capital Community College Foundation, CT). Grammar Bytes interactive includes definitions of common grammar terms, fun quizzes, and quick tips & rules (by English Professor Robin L. Simmons, Valencia Community College). Grammar Hotline Directory lists colleges and universities which will answer short grammar questions by telephone or e-mail. Updated in 2013 (Tidewater Community College, VA).

Changing Language - 'The English language is vast, flexible, fascinating, frustrating, challenging, inspiring and endlessly changing... This website explores the way that the language has developed over hundreds of years.' Includes a timeline and a variety of learning activities; high school. There is also a related page, Why Write?, exploring how 'cultural, social, historical and personal circumstances influence the way we write and the scripts we create.' (British Library)

Commonly Confused Words - Lists dozens of commonly confused word pairs, such as affect & effect, discreet & discrete, and flaunt & flout, with tips on how to use them correctly (Oxford University Press; site includes advertisements).

Diagramming Sentences - Diagramming sentences is a way to visualize how the different parts of a sentence fit together. On this page, you can learn the process one step at a time, or jump to a particular section using the table of contents. (By Dr. Kip Wheeler, an English professor at Carson-Newman College)

Dictionaries : Merriam-Webster Online audio - Online dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish - English dictionary, plus word games, puzzles, podcasts and other features. Merriam Webster also hosts Word Central for younger students, with games, daily 'buzzword', and 'Build Your Own Dictionary' feature. All the above dictionaries provide pronunciation audio (site includes advertisements). Oxford Dictionaries Online : English Dictionary & Language Reference is an authoritative source of guidance for those wishing to write or speak English correctly. The site includes dictionaries, grammar, spelling, writing, crossword solver, and more. Choose 'US English' or 'World English' near the upper right-hand corner of the page; use the menu bar near the top to navigate (Oxford University Press; site includes advertisements). Wordsmyth includes Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced dictionaries and other features (site includes advertisements). Your Dictionary audio includes an English dictionary, thesaurus, abbreviations, legal & medical terms, word games and more (site includes advertisements). Use the OneLook® Dictionary Search to search dozens of web-based dictionaries from one site (site includes advertisements).

Dr. Goodword's Word Wizard Club - Colorful vocabulary website designed for kids aged 7 - 13, featuring games, puzzles, and other fun learning activities. (Lexiteria LLC; site includes advertisements)

Elements of Style - William Strunk's classic reference book on 'the principal requirements of plain English style... the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. (Bartleby.com; site includes advertisements)

English/English as a Second Language (ESL) - Selected links from South Plainfield Public Library's Useful Websites : LANGUAGE links page.

How to Write a Paper and Cite Sources - Selected links to sites offering guidance on planning, researching, and writing an essay or term paper. (South Plainfield Public Library)

New Dictionary Words 2012 - A sampling of new words and new definitions of words that were added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary in 2012, such as copernicium, man cave, and gastropub. See also New Dictionary Words 2011 (site includes advertisements). For much more frequent updates of new words and terms, see Word Spy : The Word Lover's Guide to New Words (by author Paul McFedries; site includes advertisements).

Proofreading Symbols - Meanings and examples of common proofreading symbols and abbreviations, with links to some online aids for proofreading and editing. (Capital Community College)

Sentence Sense - An online textbook on basic writing, examining how sentences work, reviewing errors that commonly appear in written English, and suggesting techniques and topics for developing ideas in writing. (Capital Community College, Hartford CT)

Specialty Dictionaries (YourDictionary.com) - Links to online dictionaries for dozens of subjects in business, science, education, the arts, medicine, computing, and more. (Site includes advertisements)

Spelling - Quick-reference spelling tips, covering plurals, common misspellings, and the differences between American and British spelling (Oxford University Press; site includes advertisements). Spelling Bee Hive offers spelling quizzes and related resources (Merriam-Webster; site includes advertisements). Vocabulary Spelling City interactive includes free interactive learning games & activities to help you learn vocabulary and spelling (Vkidz Inc., a family-owned educational software company; site includes advertisements).

Visual Dictionary Online audio - Detailed, labelled images and audio pronunciation (Merriam-Webster; site includes advertisements). A similar site is Visual Dictionary, which offers images labelled in English or French (by Bernard Déry et al.; site includes advertisements).

Visuwords™ - This online graphical dictionary can help you understand how words are related. When you look up a word, Visuwords will produce a diagram which graphically illustrates that word's associations with other words and concepts. Be sure to read the brief instructions at the bottom to get the full benefit of the site. (Author unknown; site includes advertisements)

Vocabulary Games interactive - Fun quizzes to help you learn SAT / GRE words, improve your vocabulary context skills, and learn computer or medical terminology (Sheppard Software; site includes advertisements). Vocabulary University® interactive has word puzzles and other exercises to help build your English vocabulary (By Jan Cook and Carey Orr Cook; site includes advertisements).

Word of the Day - Increase your vocabulary by learning a new word each day; site provides both definitions and usage examples. (New York Times; site includes advertisements)

Writing Resource Center - Online resources to help you learn about academic writing & research, business writing, grammar & punctuation, spelling & mechanics, and more (Empire State College). For links to additional writing resources, see How to Write a Paper and Cite Sources (South Plainfield Public Library).


Other Languages

Byki is now Transparent Language Online TRANSPARENT LANGUAGE ONLINE (formerly Byki) : 'Web-based Language Learning that's easy, fast, and effective! A powerful language-learning system that uses flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases. It is the fastest possible way to lock foreign words and phrases into your long-term memory. Offers over 80 language options, ESL, personal progress tracking, pronunciation analysis, international language and cultural resources, and more!' NOTE: New users will have to set up a personal username and password by clicking on the 'Sign Up Now' button. If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started. From Recorded Books

Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center PETERSON'S TESTING & EDUCATION REFERENCE CENTER : International Tools include free practice tests, study tips, test prep eBooks and related resources for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication). If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started.

African Writing Systems - 'African artworks from a range of periods, regions and media testify to the rich diversity of scripts and forms of graphic communication. They challenge conventional understandings of the written word as something static applied only to paper, and they demonstrate the dynamic ways that artists from many African cultures have creatively used script, or the idea of script, in their works of art.' (Smithsonian)

Arabic Alphabet - Illustrated information on learning to read and write in Arabic. (British-Yemeni Society; content by British journalist / author Brian Whitaker; site includes advertisements)

ASL University video interactive - Extensive resources for learning American Sign Language, including a sign language dictionary with photographs and video (by ASL educator Dr. William Vicars, California State University; site includes advertisements). See also videos for Classifiers in American Sign Language video (John A. Logan College); classifiers are used in American Sign Language to show movement, location, and appearance.

BBC Languages audiovideo [Archived site] - Interactive online courses in French, Spanish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese, with audio and video. Also offers resources for learning Japanese, Polish, Urdu, and several other languages, plus essential phrases in 40 languages, facts, key phrases & alphabet for 14 languages, and news from BBC World Service in more than two dozen languages. BBC Primary Languages offers basic lessons in French, Spanish, and Mandarin for younger kids, covering sounds, numbers, basic greetings, families, calendar, food & drink, school, and more; for elementary and middle school students.

Foreign Language Resource Centers [UPDATED LINK!] - A directory of language learning and teaching materials. Click on 'Advanced Search' to search for materials by Level (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced), by Skill (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking), by Audience (K-8, 9-12, University, Self-Study), and by Format (Print, Audio-Visual, Web), and to limit your search to free resources only. [NOTE : You must check at least one box under each category.] (Michigan State University)

Foreign Language Guide audio - Interactive, sound-integrated language learning resources in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian Hebrew, Vietnamese, and Hindi. Choose your native language at the top of the page, then choose the language you want to learn. Select a category from the pictorial vocabulary guide, then place your cursor over an object or text to hear it pronounced aloud; on other pages, click on the speaker icon to hear the pronunciations. You can find the previous versions of the Hebrew & Hindi guides in the archives. (By software developer & language enthusiast Tom Blackmon, et al.; non-profit organization)

Latin I - Learning materials on Latin language and culture. Some sections are available only to students from registered schools, but visitors have full access to most course materials without logging in; use the left-hand menu to choose a section (Kentucky Educational Television).

Omniglot - Examples of all different types of writing systems and alphabets from around the world, plus tips on learning languages and useful foreign phrases. (By Simon Ager et al.; site includes advertisements)

Yiddish-Hebrew-English-German-Russian-French Picture Dictionary - Click on a word from the left-hand list to see the word written in all six languages, with a picture illustrating the word. (Ester-Basya Vaisman & Fishman Foundation for Yiddish Culture)

YourDictionary.com : Foreign Language Dictionaries - Links to online dictionaries for more than a hundred languages; expect broken links. (Site includes advertisements) [NOTE : A-Z links don't work; scroll down the page to see the list of language links.]

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