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PBS and NPR Team Up To Offer Free Lectures Online

forum_network_logo.pngPBS and NPR have teamed up to launch a new service called Forum Network. According to their site the "The Forum Network online library features thousands of lectures by some of the world’s foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders, available to citizens of the world for free."

This is great because not only does this site provide lectures that align their topics with programs such as NOVA and Frontline, it allows the viewer to explore these topics at greater depth.

To check out the Forum Network, click on the link below:


AudioPal- An Easy Way to Record a Minute of Audio

audiopal_logo.pngLooking to record a short greeting for your webpage or blog? Don’t really have the time to learn an audio program? Want a simple way to record your audio, either through phone, typing, microphone, or uploading an audio file? You can through AudioPal. This is a free service that is web based. All you need to do is have a microphone, a phone, or a keyboard available. You can type in a  message and a voice will speak what you typed. It does get some of the words wrong. I recorded my voice with a microphone and it came out great. You can also call a number if you do not have a mic and record your message. You will them receive an email within second with a link to the player and the embed code. You can also share the little audio player on popular social network sites like Facebook. The downside is that you can only record a minute of audio. If you want to check out this free service (and no need to sign up for an account), click on the link below:


Language Learning iPhone App Displays Tweets of Vocab Words as Examples

byki_logo.pngByki is a company that has developed free iPhone apps to learn different languages. Like other language learning apps, this has a a flashcard component and audio to hear the phrases. But unlike some other apps, you can click on a button that will display tweets that use the vocab word you are reviewing. You get to see how that word is being used in a real context like Twitter. If you wold like to learn more about this free app, click on the link below:


ProVoc: Free and Easy To Use Vocabulary Trainer and Flashcard Maker

provoc_logo.pngProVoc is a free software for Mac that allows for you to create lessons to study vocabulary. You can create traditional flashcards to study your vocab or you can enhance them by adding audio or using a fill in the blank question style (by typing) to study your vocab for a language. What I also like about it is that if you type the wrong word but it is actually  in your vocab, it will give you that hint. You are also able to include video and images into your study lessons too. You can print flash cards, share your lessons or download vocab lessons, and also play your lessons on an iPod. The one drawback to this software is that it is Mac only. The design is intuitive and has a great layout for learning. To learn more, click on the link below:



Learn the Oromo Language (Afaan Oromoo) Online Free

Oromo is a minority language spoken in Ethiopia and Kenya. Here is a list (complied by freelanguage.org) of sites where you can learn Oromo language for free:



More about Oromo language (via http://freelanguage.org/):

"Oromo, also known as Afaan Oromoo, Oromiffa(a), Afan Boran, Afan Arsi, and sometimes in other languages by variant spellings of these names (Oromic, Afan Oromo, etc.), is an Afro-Asiatic language, and the most widely spoken of the Cushitic family. It is spoken as a first language by more than 25 million Oromo and neighboring peoples in Ethiopia and Kenya, such as the Werji. Older publications refer to the language as "Galla", a term that is resented by Oromo people and no longer used." (http://freelanguage.org/)