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World Languages

Explore other cultures and languages with the links below.



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  • CIA World Factbook
    Provides background information on countries around the world, as well as statistics and other facts about the Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues of each country.

  • Country Studies
    "Description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world." From the Library of Congress.

  • Ethnologue, Languages of the World
    "An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,912 known living languages."

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  • Chinese
    • BBC Languages: Chinese
      Resources for learning Italian, including sound files, vocabulary lists, quizzes, and cultural notes. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

    • Chinese Leaning Objects
      Collection of online instructional materials to help improve your ability to read Chinese. Includes full form and simplified Chinese character lessons introducing China's geography, popular surnames, common warning signs and notices, items on a Chinese restaurant menu, and other Chinese words and phrases. From the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland.

    • Chinese Media Guide
      List and descriptions of major overseas Chinese newspapers, Chinese TV stations, Chinese radio stations, and Chinese websites.

    • Learning Chinese Online
      List of online resources to help with learning Chinese including pronunciation, conversation, characters, grammar, reading, listening, dictionaries, translation, and testing.

    • Zhongwen.com: Chinese Characters and Culture
      Contains an easy-to-use dictionary of over 4,000 Chinese characters with definition, etymology, sound, and usage. Includes bilingual editions of famous Chinese texts, names for prominent Chinese-Americans, Chinese dynasties, Chinese surnames, an introduction to the written language, and help with the pronunciation differences between Mandarin spoken in Taiwan and in China.

  • French
    • French Connection [In French]
      Selective list of links to sites (in French) about French history, current events, media, language, literature, libraries, e-texts, publishing, art and culture, tourism, industry and trade, government, and Internet gateways and search tools.

    • FrenchCulture.org
      Features material about art exhibits, books, cinema, educational opportunities, music, performing arts, and French radio and television in the U.S. From the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

    • French Language
      Grammar glossary, verb tenses and conjugations, vocabulary, writing exercises, word of the day, and more. Includes audio files with exercises for comprehension and/or pronunciation, and lots of links and recommended dictionaries, magazines, teaching tools, and other resources.

    • Tennesse Bob's Famous French Links
      Directory of links to sites dealing with French language, art, music, film, literature, history, and modern culture.

    • Tex's French Grammar
      Great for beginning French language learners. Includes a verb conjugator, verb tutor, and dictionary.

  • German
    • German Language
      Contains beginning German lessons and material to supplement them; information and links about German literature, authors, music, movies, history, genealogy, a worldwide directory of tutors, chat and forums, and more. Includes Austrian culture as well as that of Germany.

    • German Language Exams

    • German Professor
      A handy resource for students learning German online. Includes lessons, dictionaries, and links to further resources.

    • German Studies Web
      A searchable and browsable directory of links to "scholarly resources in German Studies, including all German-speaking countries." Topics include books, information technology and librarianship, literature, art, German-language newspapers, library catalogs, reference sources, and digital texts and images.

    • 19th-Century German Stories
      Classic tales available to read in German and English.

  • Italian
    • BBC Languages: Italian
      Resources for learning Italian, including sound files, vocabulary lists, quizzes, and cultural notes. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

  • Latin
    • Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid

    • Nuntii Latini (News in Latin)
      "A weekly review of world news in Classical Latin, the only international broadcast of its kind in the world, produced by YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company."

    • Selected Resources in Latin
      "Selected print and online resources for the study of Latin." Includes electronic texts, bibliographies, dictionaries, and grammar sites. From the libraries at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Minnesota.

    • Yuni Latin Library
      Over 1,800 Latin phrases, mottoes, and quotations along with their English translations. Searchable.

  • Spanish

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  • Foreign Language News and Newspapers
    Electronic journals, newspapers, and magazines in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. From MIT Libraries.

  • International Children's Digital Library
    Full text digital versions of children's books. Available in multiple languages including Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

  • Kidon Media
    Links to thousands of newspapers and other news sources from almost every country and territory in the world.

  • Onlinenewspapers.com
    Links to thousands of USA newspapers, world newspapers, and magazines.

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Howard County Public School System

Created by Randi Trzesinski 27 March 2009.
Modified 20 February 2013.