Category Archives: Resources

Google Translate

Dear All, Have you ever thought that it would nice to speak X language? Indeed, it would be. All it takes is to start and little by little to pursue the goal. While you are doing this, there is a tool that can help you to communicate in a different language in the meanwhile. The …

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Linguistic Web tool

Hello Everyone! Today I would like to share with you quite an interesting linguistic tool. It is called Reverso. Reverso can be useful to people who are interested in linguistic matters such as: translation, conjugation, spelling, dictionary forms, and usage examples. This tool can be of use to learners of foreign languages who want to …

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Rhyming dictionary, multilingual

Dear All, In “Rhyming dictionary” post, an online rhyming dictionary has already been discussed. That rhyming dictionary is for English. However, I have recently come across a multilingual rhyming dictionary. Why do we need a multilingual dictionary? The answer is simple: a multilingual rhyming dictionary allows finding rhymes in several languages and if you speak …

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BibleQuote 6

Screenshot: BibleQuote6 software Dear All, If you are doing research on different versions of the Bible or if you need to find particular words (e.g. to compare their frequency, word form, etc.) in a given version, the following software may be of use: 1) BibleQuote6-20120312 (http://code.google.com/p/biblequote/downloads/list) 2) Modules (http://bqt.ru/Katalog) Different versions of the Bible (King …

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VOA (Voice of America): Wordmaster

Dear All, If you are looking for a way to improve your English, these VOA podcasts may be of help: Wordmaster (http://learningenglish.voanews.com/archive/learningenglish-home-wordmaster/3/970/970.html) These short audio recordings last for only a few minutes, but the are posted along with transcripts which makes it easier for ESL students (or instructors) to check their listening comprehension of the …

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Speckie: spell check for Internet Explorer

Writing with correct spelling in any language is important because when people see our writing which is without errors they tend to form more positive attitude to the author, at least they may think that this person is well educated and attentive. With so much writing occurring online, it is important to be able to …

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BBC podcasts

Dear All, Did you know that BBC has different podcasts that can be used by instructors for providing students with authentic input? Below are three programs which I personally like and which may interest young learners: 1) Science in Action; 2) Click; and 3) Discovery. The advantage of these programs is that learners are likely to work …

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Writing resources

Writing is one of the key competences that learners need to acquire when they learn a foreign language. This point is clear and does not need to be restated. However, not all aspects of writing are paid equal attention. This website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ provides information on such an often overlooked aspect as punctuation. In addition to …

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Quality grammar books

     Dear All, I have come worked with many books in ESL. However, there are two that, in my view, deserve respect in many aspects, such as clarity of explanations, brevity, amount of the material they cover, and the quality of exercises they contain. These books are also good for both work under supervision of …

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Dictionaries

To follow up on the previous post (about thesauri)… Here are a couple of translation dictionaries which may be of use for both a quick reference and translation of complete texts: 1) Lingvo and 2) Google Translate. Both dictionaries are fit for multiple language translations including Ukrainian, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Latin. Cheers, Iaroslav

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Thesauri

Hi! I have prepared three thesauri that I use most often. All of them are free and can be used any time you have access to the Internet: 1) Thesaurus.com – a good source of synonyms and antonyms. 2) Cambridge – has entries for both British English and American English varieties. 3) Merriam-Webster – visual, based on …

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