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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

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: New links: 1) Bible Quote for Android devices 2) Bible Quote on …

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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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