Tag Archives: language technology

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:

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!


Free Web Based Language Learning Lessons

smartfm_logo.pngThe 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:


Typing in Foreign Languages

typeit-logo.png If you have the need to type anything in a foreign language which has accents and other strange-looking
characters, and you only have a US keyboard,this website will make your life a whole lot easier!

Now, through the miracles of Unicode and JavaScript,
you can just navigate to this site, type whatever you need to type in a text box,
and then paste it wherever you need it — into your word processor, e-mail
message, etc.
You can type foreign characters by clicking buttons or by pressing intuitive
keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+Letter). Now typing in French, German, Russian and many more languages is simple.


Improve Writing Skills in Another Language with Free Online Site

lang_8_logo.pngLang8 is a free site that provides a place where you can learn how to write in a foreign language. What nice is that it entirely on the web and native speakers are the people correcting your grammar. You can also volunteer to correct other people that are learning to write in your native language. To learn more, click on the link below: