Useful links

Here are the websites that I’ve found most useful for each language. Currently it’s quite empty, but as time goes on, I will add to it. Click each flag to see the links for that language, or click the G for those applicable to learning foreign language in general. All outside links open in a new tab.

General

  • Wiktionary
  • An absolute lifesaver for me! For many languages it has full conjugations and declensions for given verbs or nouns, so it’s useful if you don’t know which word a particular form derives from. It is useful in general for grammar.

  • Forvo
  • A fantastic website with user-submitted sound clips of pronunciations of words in just about any language you can think of. It’s very useful for hearing regional accents too.

  • Verbix
  • This site conjugates any verb you enter in various languages, giving the form for each grammatical person as well as tense. A very good tool even in your native tongue to learn more precisely what each tense is, if it’s something you struggle with.

  • SmartPhrase
  • This site provides useful phrase lists for many languages by subject.

  • Omniglot
  • Extremely useful source for general language learning, with resources including useful phrases, tips, help with alternative scripts, and idioms.

  • Lyrics Translate
  • A website for providing translations of songs into many different languages. Members can practice their language skills and receive feedback from others, including native speakers.

  • Word Reference
  • This site contains many dictionaries, not just to and from English, and I have found the forum section very useful with particular questions on language.

English

  • Dictionary.com
  • An extremely useful website for looking up any definitions in English. It also has a Thesaurus section, which is invaluable, as well as some other functions.

  • Idiomeanings
  • A useful website that gives the meanings of English idioms and slang, along with example sentences.

German

  • Léo
  • If you speak German, this is invaluable. It contains a dictionary search for DE-English, DE-French, DE-Spanish, DE-Italian, DE-Chinese, and DE-Russian, as well as corresponding forum sections for each language, with entries concerning vocabulary use, translation, and also the culture of the country.

  • Languages Online
  • I think this website is aimed at young people, and so might be pretty useful for the basics. It categorizes exercises, including listening practice, by themes, and has material for French, Spanish, and Italian as well as German. (And even Latin if you’re so inclined!)

  • Duolingo
  • Useful tests by subject matter, such as basics, animals, food, etc. Tasks involve translating short sentences, transcribing sentences from the foreign language, and filling in correct verbal forms. Very useful, and good game-like fun.

French

  • Languages Online
  • (Description above under German) More simple website; useful for the basics.

  • Duolingo
  • Useful tests by subject matter, such as basics, animals, food, etc. Tasks involve translating short sentences, transcribing sentences from the foreign language, and filling in correct verbal forms. Very useful, and good game-like fun.

Italian

  • Languages Online
  • (Description above under German) More simple website; useful for the basics.

  • Duolingo
  • Useful tests by subject matter, such as basics, animals, food, etc. Tasks involve translating short sentences, transcribing sentences from the foreign language, and filling in correct verbal forms. Very useful, and good game-like fun.

Spanish

  • Languages Online
  • (Description above under German) More simple website; useful for the basics.

  • Duolingo
  • Useful tests by subject matter, such as basics, animals, food, etc. Tasks involve translating short sentences, transcribing sentences from the foreign language, and filling in correct verbal forms. Very useful, and good game-like fun.

Russian

  • Master Russian
  • Valuable resource with a lot of content, including a verb conjugator, vocabulary pages, forum, and tests.

Finnish

  • Uusi Kielemme
  • This site, whose title is Finnish for “new in our language”, is subtitled “Finnish for busy people” and provides a lot of information on grammar, vocabulary, and Finnish textbooks.

  • InFinnish
  • A YouTube channel with Finnish definitions and clear pronunciations.

2 thoughts on “Useful links

  1. Hello!

    Thanks for sharing all this information for wanna-be polyglots. I’d like to add one more great source for German language.

    http://www.dict.cc/

    This is an absolutely wonderful website for German words and phrases. It even has pronounciation voice records made by native people; and it’s not even just English > German and vice versa; it compehends many more languages. It is my humble opinion that this site should definitely be added to your list.

    Happy learning!

    • When I read your comment in my inbox this morning, I was a little creeped out as I’ve been using dict.cc a lot recently! In fact I was using it while doing some translations yesterday; what a happy coincidence! I definitely shall add it to the list; I usually use dict.leo.org as my “go to” site for the languages it has, but have been using dict.cc a lot more recently as my main site along with Wiktionary.

      Thanks for your comment; I shall add it to the list asap. 🙂

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