More Free Language Resources Online

Publisher Websites. A lot of publishing companies have companion websites for their foreign language textbooks. Most offer extra exercises in grammar and vocabulary, while some even offer free downloads of  mp3s and a sample chapter.

Hot Potatoes fun! The following sites used Hot Potatoes software to create exercises for language learning. (I’ve already done the same for my French I, French Slang, and German I tutorials.)

  • From the Ashcombe School, MFL Video on Demand is a useful collection of native speakers talking about everyday things, such as family, education, holidays, etc. You can watch the video, and try a fill-in-the-blank exercise along with it to test your listening skills. Videos are available in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
  • Oefeningen voor de Franse les is a Dutch site for learning French, based on the Carte Orange and Libre Service textbooks. It’s not too hard to figure out if you don’t speak Dutch, and if you already know a little French, you can just use it to learn Dutch instead. (For anyone else who speaks Dutch, DigiSchool is also a cool site for learning almost anything, including several languages – but in Dutch, of course.)
  • Gramlink is a French site for learning German, English and Dutch grammar. There are exercises for almost all parts of speech, as well as grammar references for English and Dutch. [Some parts of this site do not work well in Firefox, so you may have to use Internet Explorer.]
  • Cyberteacher.it includes exercises for English, French, Italian, Latin and Spanish, as well as other disciplines such as history, philosophy, sociology, etc.
  • Turkish Tutor is an interactive video program from UCLA for increasing your comprehension of spoken Turkish.

BonPatron.com is also a neat site, though it was not created with Hot Potatoes. It is a spelling and grammar checker for French. You simply type or copy & paste a few sentences or paragraphs of French in the box and it will help you correct your mistakes.

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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 January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. 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 the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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