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Language Resources

Learning even a few words of another language will make your travel experience more enjoyable. That is why we include information on how to learn a language as part of our comprehensive travel information. There are a variety of resources available on the web to help people learn to speak another language----from free online lessons to sites that have extensive lists and links to free and commercial products, services and organizations related to the language.  The links below are a mix of websites that have information for you to learn both popular foreign languages, as well as, those that are lesser known. 
 

Native American Languages

 


Here are some excellent resources for learning Native American languages.
 
 

Open Language Archives Community 
OLAC is an international partnership of institutions and individuals who are creating a worldwide virtual library of language resources by agreeing on the best way to digitally archive language resources, and by developing a network of interoperable repositories and services.
 

Summer Institute of Linguistics  
The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) is the place to go for people who have a passion for languages. Although primarily designed for linguistic professionals, it has a section called Ethnologue - Languages of the World that not only lists every language spoken in a country, but how many people speak it, where it is spoken and other detailed information.  Even Microsoft Expedia™ links to them!
    
Sussex Language Institute - Language Learning Websites.

 

This is a section of the University of Sussex Language Institute and has excellent links to websites where you can learn languages of the world.
 

The Rosetta Project  
The Rosetta Project has a growing collection of descriptions, text, audio files and other materials for 1,000 languages.  They have good links to resources for these languages.
 
Tower of Babel-Language Center  
They have a nice alphabetical list of languages and links to resources.
 
TravLang: Foreign Languages For Travelers

 

This site contains text and sound files for over 60 different languages including this language which you can learn on-line for free. It also has links to other language sites.
 

UCLA Language Materials Project

 

This beautiful and comprehensive site has learning resources for less commonly taught languages of the world.  They also have language profiles that include maps showing in which parts of a country a language is spoken.
 

Word2Word  
The Word2Word has taken over the extensive language resource material that began life as a product of the Rivendell site.
   

Yamada WWW Language Guides

 

A nice alphabetical list of languages and WWW resources. They also cover Usenet new groups in different languages.
  
YourDictionary.com-Grammar and Language Courses

 

A nice alphabetical list of online language lessons, grammar, newspaper, radio/TV and dictionary resources.
 
 

 






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