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Digital Dialects: Some Cute and Actually Useful Games, in Many Languages

4 Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Multimedia, Tests, Vocabulary, Websites, Kids

The Digital Dialects website is an unexpected online pleasure full of free language games for 60 languages, from popular ones such as French and German to less widely studied ones such as Zazaki (spoken primarily in eastern Turkey) and Oromo (which…

Free Quizzes on the Transparent Language Website

Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish, Tests, Websites

I like free online quizzes and tests, but they aren’t really worth anything unless they’re good.  At least some of these from language-learning company Transparent Language seem pretty good! And plentiful: they are available for more languages…

Transparent Language Online: Try It for Free!

3-5 Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Yiddish, Multimedia, Websites

Nashua, N.H.-based Transparent Language offers a free seven-day trial of its Transparent Language Online products.  When I say “products,” I really mean plural: during the trial you can try out any and all languages they have, and…

Great Content, Cute Graphics, Solid Pacing

5 Irish, Multimedia, Websites

This online-learning package from Talk Irish consists of 60 lessons and is an unbelievably good deal. If you are studying Irish, get it. Seriously. First of all, it costs only about $9 per month (you pay in euros through PayPal), and that…

For the Answers to Your Pressing Irish Questions!

5 Irish, Websites

I love this site. I found it just five days ago, registered, had my account confirmed, posted a question about Irish, and got a lucid and helpful response—all within mere minutes. Talk about instant language gratification! I have since…

Some Free Basic Irish Lessons

Irish, Audio Lessons, Websites

RTÉ stands for Raidió Teilifís Éireann, which I believe literally means “Radio Television of Ireland.” (Is there an implied “and” between “Radio” and “Television”? I don’t know yet; I am writing this on just the fourth day of…

Irish Resources, Free on the BBC Site

5 Irish, Audio Lessons, News, Radio/TV/Video/Film, Websites, Kids

The BBC website offers free Irish lessons. I am only just beginning to familiarize myself with the site, but I believe there are three levels available—Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. I tried the first lesson from Level 1 and liked it!…

Watch Free Television

Irish, Radio/TV/Video/Film, Websites

Learn Irish by watching Irish TV on the Internet! TG4 was established in 1996; the acronym stands for Teilifís na Gaeilge. According to Gabriel Rosenstock in Beginner’s Irish with Audio CD (2005), “Its success has confounded the sceptics, especially the…

Schoenhof's Website Is a Window to the World

5 Arabic, Dutch, English, French, General, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Yiddish, Websites, Bookstores/Libraries, Kids

Founded in 1856, Schoenhof’s claims to have the “largest collection of foreign books in North America.” As a student at Harvard, I used to shop at their main store in Harvard Square for my language and literature course materials. I…