Links Roundup for Learning Languages Online (Audio Version)

I’ve been slowly going through my Language Links page to delete dead links and add new ones. Some new language sites that I’ve come across since my last links post include audio prominently:

SWAC Audio Collections provide pronunciations for a wide range of words in 11 languages: Bielorussian, Czech, Chinese, German, English, French, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian. The audio collections can be downloaded as well, in flac or ogg format. (If you’re looking for a pronunciation dictionary in Italian, try DOP from Rai.)

LangMedia “features authentic language videos filmed in country, depicting everyday situations and conversations. These videos were filmed between 1999 and 2002 by international students from the Five Colleges. Transcripts, translations, audio clips, and still images are also included.” Over 30 languages available.

Sit back… Watch… Learn is a blog that gathers YouTube videos for learning languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Italian, Swedish, Sign Languages, and Welsh. More languages will be added over time.

Internet Polyglot has vocabulary lists and games for over 20 languages, most with audio. You can also choose a combination of languages rather than just the target language + English.

Sons en français is a large collection of audio and video clips to help with oral comprehension of French. A great resource for advanced learners who need more listening practice.

Spanish NewsBites is a “free language-learning website designed to help you learn Spanish at the same time as you learn about what’s happening TODAY throughout Spain and Latin America.” Listen to the article, and then do the exercise to reinforce the vocabulary.

Transparent Languages recently started language & culture blogs for 9 languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. They still have their Word of the Day widgets as well, with pronunciation of the word.

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  • Quenton Lowery

    Hi Jennifer,
    Just wanted to let you know that this site is amazing and you’re flippin’ awesome! :) I’m about to be 19, and I’ve been set on a career in interpreting/translating for 8 years now. I’ve slacked a lot lately trying to get basic classes out of the way. This site has helped me out for more than a year now. Thanks for doing it!

  • Quenton Lowery

    Hi Jennifer,
    Just wanted to let you know that this site is amazing and you’re flippin’ awesome! :) I’m about to be 19, and I’ve been set on a career in interpreting/translating for 8 years now. I’ve slacked a lot lately trying to get basic classes out of the way. This site has helped me out for more than a year now. Thanks for doing it!

  • http://www.learnspanishfastsite.com/ Dennis

    I am in the process of learning Spanish and I find myself coming back to your site all the time. There is a lot of great information and resources that I find truly helpful. Thanks.
    .-= Dennis´s last blog ..Rocket Spanish Review =-.

  • http://www.learnspanishfastsite.com/ Dennis

    I am in the process of learning Spanish and I find myself coming back to your site all the time. There is a lot of great information and resources that I find truly helpful. Thanks.
    .-= Dennis´s last blog ..Rocket Spanish Review =-.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prochymaster Prochy Mistry

    Hi Jennifer,  I have bought the 1st edition of French Language Tutorial and I just read that anyone who has the first edition will receive a free upgrade.  How do I go about getting that?  By the way, your site is simply awesome and has been very helpful to me ever since I came across it.  It is really amazing that you can speak so many languages.  :)) 

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    Hi! I sent an e-mail to everyone who bought the first edition with a code for the free 2nd edition. If you’ll e-mail me the address you use with Paypal, I’ll send you the free download code.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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