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.

Remember how I complained about English words in French?

Loan words are definitely not helping my students learn English vocabulary. They were supposed to write partitive expressions to make uncount nouns countable on the test last week. All of the images they had to identify were used in their daily lessons, so they should have known which words to use. The correct answer is […]

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Les français aussi ont un accent.

I wanted to read Les français aussi ont un accent by Jean-Benoît Nadeau, the same author of 60 Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong, because I thought I would enjoy a Quebecker’s take on expat life in France. This book is in French, which is half of the reason why I wanted to read it, but […]

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English Teaching Assistantships in Europe for 2009-10 School Year

It’s that time of year again! English Assistant in France Teach English conversation 12 hours a week in Primary or Secondary schools for a monthly stipend of 780 €. Medical insurance & paid holidays. Contracts of 6, 7, or 9 months, all beginning October 1. Students of any major can apply, though applicants should have […]

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November 11

Hug a veteran today.

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Mexican Food! Finally!

November 5th was David’s and my 2 year anniversary, so we decided to go out to eat last night. I had been wanting to go to a Mexican restaurant forever (since I’d left the US…), but we never got around to it somehow over the past 24 months. Either we’re extremely busy or there aren’t […]

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I don’t say this often, but today I really mean it.

I’M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!

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Yup, we bought one.

The Nicolas Sarkozy Voodoo Doll. He tried to have it banned in France, but he didn’t succeed. Not yet, anyway. Maybe it will be worth money someday. Or maybe we’ll just let the cat eat it.

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First Semester Language

We all laugh at these songs that make fun of beginning language classes and the somewhat useless words and phrases we learn. How many times in French have I ever said “Où est la bibliothèque ?” Um, probably never. But these videos also show the poor attempt at language teaching and/or the poor attempt at […]

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Sylvie et Emeric Autour du Monde

Back in July, two of David’s friends took off on a tour du monde (trip around the world). This seems to be pretty common as I’ve heard of many French people/couples who do it. I have no idea how they afford it though! Sylvie & Emeric started their trip in New York, with visits to […]

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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 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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