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.
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:
The 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:
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!
The website smart.fm offers free lessons about different subjects, but a subject where smart.fm has a lot of lessons is language learning. On smart.fm, you can hear audio, run through a flashcard like application, do word matching, learn meanings of words in full sentences, and word typing. You are given instant feedback and you are given a performance score at the end of your lesson. You can also create a free account to save the lessons you have completed (or create goals with time frames). If you create an account, you can build up the number of words you learn in a lesson.
To learn more or try out smart.fm, click on the link below: