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Learning Persian
July 27, 2014

A New Language-Exchange Partner finally produced a native Persian speaker for me in New York!

One of my problems as a language learner is that I really like reading books about language and at times have trouble making myself go out in the world. I am reading some eight different books about Persian right now.…

Test Yourself for Free!

4 Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tests

This company has free online quizzes for German, Italian, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, and English.  Try one! They’re fun. Although I haven’t tested all of them, the ones I have taken struck me as very…

Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal: Good Luck NOT Finding a Dutch Word in Here

Dutch, Dictionaries, Websites

Published by the Institute for Dutch Lexicology, the Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal (Dictionary of the Dutch Language) is supposedly the largest dictionary in the world, many decades in the making. It covers more than 500 years’ worth of…

This Is a Fascinating Language Story

Hebrew, Books

I admit it: I got distracted by other life demands and didn’t get past page 50 of this book, but I really liked what I read, and it seems like a great resource for someone interested in the Hebrew language. …

De Woordenlijst Nederlandse Taal: Check Your Dutch Spelling Here!

Dutch, Dictionaries, Websites

De Woordenlijst Nederlandse Taal (The Word List of the Dutch Language) is published by the Nederlandse Taalunie. Revised every 10 years, it is available in hardcopy form as het Groene Boekje (Green Booklet), as well…

Their Site Includes Foreign-Language Research

General, Organizations

The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a nonprofit organization “working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture.” It was established in 1959. Its many activities include work on ESL and foreign-language education, language…

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