Tag Archives: Language

New York City’s Endangered Languages

The New York Times brings us an interesting story about the amazing variety of languages found in New York City and the efforts to save or record the endangered ones.Listening to (and Saving) the World’s Languages

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Open Source Word Processors That Keep Arabic Characters Together

We recently came across an issue that a faculty member was having issues with students using Arabic in Microsoft Word on their Mac computers. When they type words, the characters do not connect like they should (each letter was separate). … Continue reading

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Online English-Chinese Dictionary Nciku

A student worker of mine recently recommended a site that she uses for her Chinese course. It’s an English-Chinese online dictionary called Nciku. What’s great about this site is that not only is it a text dictionary, but it also … Continue reading

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Language Learning in Second LIfe

An article in the Guardian by Mike Solly, a senior lecturer at the UK’s Open University, about using Second Life to teach ESL describes some of the benefits of using Second Life for second-language teaching.  Second Life encourages role-play, a … Continue reading

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PhraseBASE: Conversational Foreign Language Learning Social Network

PhraseBASE is a service where you can learn a foreign language and also practice it with native speakers of that language. Some of the features are free on the site, like learning phrases or using the E-Phrasebook Flash cards online. … Continue reading

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