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Multilingual Zotero (In Test Phase)

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Zotero announced today that they will be releasing Multilingual Zotero. This software will allow scholars that working in multiple languages to correctly format multilingual data. It also deletes duplicates.

To learn more or to download the Multilingual Zotero, click on the link below:


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Three Ways to Burn Subtitles into a Video (AVI) File

*Update: A professor  informed us that he uses Handbrake to burn in subtitles into his films (that are not in English). Handbrake now allows you to add an .srt file when ripping a DVD. So there are 4 ways to burn subtitles into a video. He said he does not use an AVI file when doing it through Handbrake (and he saves it as an mp4 file).


Back in June, I found a way to use ffmegX on a Mac to burn in
subtitles. I have discovered 2 more ways to burn in subtitles (1 way Mac
and 1 way in Windows). These are the few things that are important no
matter what method you use:

1. You must use or convert to an AVI file

2. The subtitle file (.srt) must be named the same exact name as the video file (AVI)

3. The video file and the subtitle (.srt) file should reside in the same folder.

I will link to the first method I discovered in June: https://blogs.princeton.edu/hrc/2010/06/how_to_burn_subtitles_into_a_video_file.html

The second method I used requires a Mac that has Toast Titanium. You will then have to download a free program called Perian: http://www.perian.org/ (make sure you have the latest version of both programs. Continue reading

App That Uses Augmented Reality to Translate Phrases

New app called Word Lens uses the iPhone’s camera to view a phrase in another language and translate the phrase right inside the camera, showing the translated text and not the original text (that is the augmented reality part of the app). The app is free but you have to pay for language packs. The only language pack available is English-Spanish and Spanish-English. That language pack costs $4.99. To view the app in action, watch the video below:

Free FSI Language Courses

fsi_logo.pngThe Foreign Service Institute has made their language courses public domain on the Internet. This is a great resource that provides audio and text material for a wide variety of languages (even for languages like Sinhala and Yoruba, which are hard to find free resources for learning).

If you would like to see what languages and materials they have available, click on the link below:


List of Language Learning Materials that Are Free on the Internet

The Humanities Resource Center has put together a list of free online language learning materials that patrons can use to help them learn a new language. Most of the sites require you to create a user account. This list will be updated as new sites are launched. Click on the link below to view the list. Happy language learning!