Blog: Language Learning
My Language Exchange
My Language Exchange hosts online language exchange practices, allowing you to find exchange partners from all over the world. The site provides voice chat rooms, an online dictionary, lesson plans and a notepad to record new words and expressions. Learn the latest slang and expressions not found in books!
WordReference Forums is a great place to pose your vocabulary, slang or grammar questions to native speakers or students of the language you are learning as well as sharing your own knowledge. You also get tips on regionalisms and context. WRF covers a wide range of languages. Give it a try!
supports the many languages spoken in Minnesota families by providing language-related resources for parents and caregivers, teachers, and learners.
Ojibwe People's Dictionary
The Ojibwe People's Dictionary is a searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers. It is also a gateway into the Ojibwe collections at the Minnesota Historical Society. Along with detailed Ojibwe language entries and voices, you will find beautiful cultural items, photographs, and excerpts from relevant historical documents. Whenever possible, examples of documents in the Ojibwe language are provided.
Duolingo to help your lingo?
Duolingo is a website for language learning that also offers a free app for learning 'on the go'. This trendy site also offers users the opportunity to comment on the exercises and share their expertise and questions.
Reading world languages in the Library?
Looking for books in Chinese? Arabic? Vietnamese? Check out our list of languages carried in your local branch of the Hennepin County Library.
Play games with the Language Learning Library
Games and quizzes to make language learning more fun!
Multilingual Living supports and encourages parents raising children in more than one language and culture. It is about living multilingually, in each and every way possible.
Practice Makes Perfect!
So join a conversation circle and perfect your English while making new friends. It's free!
Download and Learn!
Did you know that you can download language learning books? Never be trapped in your car again! See what's available through the Bookspace page and be ready for your next trip abroad!
The Spanish Language and Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of Hispanic heritage month, we spotlight materials available in Spanish. Whether you are a native speaker or just beginning your language journey, the library has a fantastic collection of books, DVDs, ebooks and audiobooks en español for your reading, viewing and listening pleasure. ¡Disfruta!
Revisit this new and improved language learning database!
Formerly known as Byki, but updated and expanded, Transparent Language Online offers dozens of language learning activities, access to language related social networking sites and cultural information about the language you want to learn. Try it for quick language learning today!
What's happening in the world of language study?
Language Magazine website is for students, teachers and fans of languages and world cultures. What's happening in language study around the world, where the job opportunities in linguistics are, where and when are language conferences, and where to find study abroad opportunities. Also, the magazine itself is available online digitally!
Read your way around the world!
For access to 1700 newspapers from 92 countries in 48 languages, use Newspaper Direct!
Tune in to radio stations from around the world. Radio Locator has links to over 13,000 web pages and over 7000 audio streams from radio stations in the U.S. and worldwide.
Festival of Nations
A celebration of countries and cultures, the Festival of Nations is a great way to meet people and hear languages from around the world. This year, the festival celebrates its 80th anniversary - come join the fun!
One picture is worth a thousand words
A visual dictionary is excellent for reinforcing language learning, and is also a great tool for the traveler. Check out these and other visual/picture dictionaries at your local library!
The last word on words
Considered the last word on words, the OED is the Bible for lovers of the English language. This online version lets you search the OED, study timelines that show when words entered the English language, lists the authors and works most quoted in the OED, and has the ever popular, sometimes wacky "word of the day" Be ready to wax eloquent at your next fabulous gathering!
Meetup for Languages
Meetup is a great networking source for finding people who are interested in languages. In the Twin Cities there are many Meetup language groups for those who want to practice or maintain a language. You can also find groups related to a variety of cultural interests and activities.
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