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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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Studying/teaching Ukrainian: Conjugations

Image credit: the image above is a screenshot of the website discussed in this post. Accessed May 19, 2016 from http://lcorp.ulif.org.ua/dictua/dictua.aspx. Dear All: This post provides a link to a valuable free online resource for learners, teachers, and speakers of Ukrainian who want to improve learning/teaching and speaking. Grammar is one of the most difficult …

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SVG to PNG

Dear All: Have you ever had to convert a file from one format to another for your studies or research? I often need to convert files to different formats for my research. Most recently I came across an image in public domain which I wanted to convert from SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format to PNG …

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URL (link) shortener

Dear All, Have you ever tried to copy a link to share with your students, colleagues or fellow students and the link takes half a page with a lot of strange symbols? It may still work well if you send it electronically, but what if you want to print it and to include in a …

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La Bibliothèque électronique du Québec

Dear All, I have come across a valuable resource for those who like reading in French and who is learning French – La Bibliothèque électronique du Québec (http://beq.ebooksgratuits.com/) This is a collection of digitalized books of classical authors. Since the copyright on these books has expired, they are available for free download. It is possible …

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Improve/ maintain your French

Hi All, Today I would like draw your attention to an excellent resource for the people who are learning French or who want to maintain it. If you are learning French as your additional language (second language, etc.), then you need to use it as much as possible. It goes without saying that it is …

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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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Interjections in English

Dear All, This post discusses interjections in English. It defines an interjection and provides a resource to look up various interjections in English, their variants, and examples. What is an interjection? The word ‘interjection‘ comes from Lat. ‘intericere’ meaning “to throw between”. According to the Cambridge Dictionary online, interjection is “a word or phrase that …

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YouTube

Video credit: Chemical Engineering Resources, “Making educational videos” March 9, 2014, via YouTube. YouTube is a media tool: It has a lot to educate and entertain. Be like a bee, collect only the nectar which is cool; From other stuff you can refrain. You can also use it to educate, To make information easier 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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The Canadian Encyclopedia

“If culture is in fact the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, The Canadian Encyclopedia will strive to be the most comprehensive collection of Canadian Stories online” (TCE, 2015). Dear All, Today I would like to share with you a unique Web resource for people who are interested in Canadian culture. This is a free …

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Ukrainian: Topical vocabulary+audio

Image credit: Jean & Nathalie’s photostream, “Kyiv: St. Michael’s Monastery” July 27, 2008, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0. Dear All, If you are learning Ukrainian or would like to do so, this resource may be of use: http://www.internetpolyglot.com/lessons-uk-en This website provides many different words in Ukrainian. These words are categorized by topic such as “Family”, …

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IPA charts, audios, videos

Dear All, Have you ever wondered how exactly it is made possible that we speak? How are sounds produced? What sounds have been recorded by phoneticians in different languages across the world? Well, this post may help to answer these questions. 1. Official IPA website (http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ipa/) IPA (the International Phonetic Association) is the best known international …

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Ngram Viewer for corpus/computational linguistics

Dear All, Today, I would like to share a link to Google Ngram Viewer: Ngram Viewer (http://books.google.com/ngrams/) This is an online, free tool which allows users to conduct linguistic analysis on the frequency of word use. The year frame is quite impressive: 1800-2000. The analysis can be performed using corpora from the following languages: Chinese, …

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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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Free lessons in Russian

Image credit: Simon Bisson, “The Domes of St Basil’s Cathedral” October 19, 2011, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. If you would like to learn Russian, but do not know how to begin, the following website may be of use: Yes Russian (http://www.yesrussian.com/) This website offers free lessons in Russian for English speakers and can be …

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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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Rhyming dictionary

What do you think of poetry? How about writing a poem? If you have ever tried to, you know how difficult it may be to find a good rhyme while also preserving the idea. One of the ways to facilitate the process is to use a rhyming dictionary. Of course, it cannot do all the …

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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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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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Glossary in Linguistics

One of the available glossaries in linguistics that provide concise fefinitions and is a free online resource is the glossary found on the Queen Mary University of London website: http://webspace.qmul.ac.uk/cjpountain/linggloss.htm Iaroslav

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