The Language Toolbar appears on selected Language pages. We are adding the Language Toolbar to all
languages as part of an ongoing site improvement program. We also have
Language Lite Toolbar on some of our
pages for lesser known languages.
This is the sample Language Toolbar for French.
All hyperlinks are active for the toolbar shown here.
Reading left to write, the
buttons are as follows:
Language Overview and Products.
Clicking the book icon or Overview will normally take you to the
Yamada Language Center (YLC) page for this language. They have
extensive and excellent links covering this language as well as links to
countries where the language is spoken. (YLC is located at the
University of Oregon in the U.S.A.)
They list the product categories for which they have at least one item. The
number in ( ) following the category name is the number of items they have for that
category. Scroll down to read a good article about the language.
will take you to the World
(WLR) homepage. This company has the most extensive catalog of world
language products that we have found on the web. They also have a nice
overview of each language. Click on Language at the top of their
home page to go to their Language Selection page.
If WLR does not have products for this language, we will try to take you to another
website that does.
- Red background. If we have not found a website for this
language, the button background will be red and no link will exist.
- Clicking the Chat Room icon
or 1-Chat will take you to a Chat Room where you can
communicate in this language.
will take you to a site that lists
chat rooms for this language or to a 2nd chat room. If we can't find a
list of chat rooms that includes the language, we will try to find a
list of chat rooms that use English for a major country where this
language is spoken.
Red background. If we have not found a Chat Room website
for this language, the button background will be red and no link will exist.
- Clicking the microphone icon
will take you to a sample audio/video or radio/TV site for the language if one is
available. We will normally try to find a site in the capital or main city, town or
village of the place where this language is most widely spoken. The microphone icon is
not clickable, and the background will be red, if there are no audio/video or radio/TV sites for the
You will need either the RealOne Player, Windows Media Player
or Yahoo! Player to listen to the audio. They all have free
versions you can download.
will take you to the home page for the web site that we have used with
the microphone as a sample of the language. The site's home page may
have other audio and video choices to see or listen to.
will take you to the NBCi search results page for this language. It will
list links to sites that have audio and video in this language.
Red background. If we have not found a website for this
language, the microphone background will be red and no link will exist.
- Clicking the Microphone icon will take you
to an on-line lesson for this language that includes audio.
Red background. If we did not find a website that offers an on-line lesson for this language that
includes audio, the microphone
background will be red and no link will exist.
- Clicking 1-Site
will take you to the same website the Microphone is linked to for on-line lesson if there
is an audio site. If not, then this is a link to another site that has text-only
lessons. If the 1-Site name is shown in red, we did not find a site and there is no link.
- Clicking 2-List
will take you to a website that has a list of on-line lesson sites for this language,
either text only, or text and audio. If the 2-List name is shown in red, we did not find a site and there is no link.
First we try to find a free on-line translator, then a commercial
product, and if we can't find either of those, we then see if World
Language Resources has translators for this language. If not we
will either show a search result list for translators for this language
or direct you to a
human translation service website.
- Clicking the Translator icon or
1-Translator or 2-Translator with a
pink background will take you free on-line translator websites that
translate from English to this language. They may also translate in the other direction as
- If the Translator
icon has a red background or 1-Translator is
in red, it indicates we did not find
free or commercial on-line machine or human translation websites that translate
this language. In this case,
no link will exist.
- Clicking the News icon will take you to an
on-line news source in this language, if any. If the news is in a
language that requires a special type font, it may not display
correctly. If this is the case, and you have Internet Explorer, under
the View Menu, select Encoding and then see if you have
Auto-Select checked. This may allow you to display the page properly. If
you have Auto-Select checked and it is still not being displayed
properly, scroll down the list of languages to the bottom and select
More... Then, choose the proper language from the list.
- Clicking News
will take you to the
Internet Press region of the world page where a country speaking this
language will be listed or to the specific country. (See the Place
information at the top of our language page for the country or
countries where this language is spoken.) Once there, scroll
the country. You will then be shown a list of online newspapers and other
news sources, some of which will usually be in this language.
Red background. If we did not find an on-line website with news in this language, the News icon background will be red and no link will
- Clicking the Information or
Where Spoken icon will open the Ethnologue page for this language at
the Summer Institute of Linguistics website. They list all the places where the languages
is spoken and the number of speakers in each place.
- Clicking the Dictionary icon or ENG>L2
will take you to an on-line dictionary for this language.
It will allow you to
translate from English to the other language.
(L2 is the second language which is shown as a 3-letter designator (e.g. ENG > FRN for
English to French). A bi-directional dictionary is indicated by
ENG<>L2. If ENG>L2 is in red, that means that
we have not found any on-line dictionary in that direction.
will take you to a dictionary where you can type in a word in the second language (or
sometimes phrases) and be shown the equivalent word (or phrase) in English. L2 is
the second language which is shown as a 3-letter designator (e.g. FRN > ENG for French
to English). If it is another bi-directional dictionary, this is indicated by
ENG<>L2. L2>ENG in red means that
we have not found any on-line dictionary in that direction.
If we did not find an on-line
but we found a source for mail-order dictionaries for this language, the Dictionary icon background will be
and a link will be provided to a website where you can buy it.
Red background. If we did not find an on-line dictionary, the Dictionary icon background will be red
and no link will exist.
- Some of the toolbars have a
Culture and Etiquette link. We take you to one or two sites
that have culture and etiquette information for a
well-know country that speaks this language.
- Clicking the Toolbar Help icon will open the
Language Toolbar Help in a separate window. You can minimize it and refer to it when
- Clicking Help
will open the Language Toolbar Help in the main frame of this language page. Click
your Back browser button to return to the language.
all Travelers and Tourists
|Take a minute out of
your life on this planet and enjoy some travel wisdom.
Here are some of our favorites:
"Travel is fatal to
prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
"The world is a book
and those who do not travel read only one page." -
"He who would travel happily must travel light."
"One of the gladdest moments of human life, me thinks,
is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown
lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of
habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many
cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more
Richard Burton, the explorer
"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about
other countries." -
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