Language Learning Resources
Software to translate from language to language is improving, but is unlikely ever to rival the human brain, esepecially in expressing Christian concepts. Nevertheless, the online real-time Babelfish translator will at least give you the rough sense of pasted text or a web-site in another language. You can even make a direct link to it (as VirtualPROMOTE have done) to display your web-page (if it's short) in another language.
The Language Course Finder
Thanks to Tony for the tip for those who need to learn another language! Just visit the Language Course Finder
. It lists more than 6000 institutions teaching 70 different languages from Arabic to Zulu in 81 countries. It's free and can be accessed in 22 languages! Great idea... great way to put the web to work! Thanks again, Tony!
For Those Learning Another Language
Check out an excellent website recently developed for language learners (and language teachers and administrators of language schools) at
. There are lots of great ideas for making language learning more effective. The developer of the site also offers a language learning email newsletter with lots of helpful tips. To subscribe to this free newsletter, send a blank e-mail to <
Less Commonly Taught Languages Project
How to find materials for teaching or learning LCTLs
The Less Commonly Taught Languages Project does not formally collect information on language teaching materials. From comments and questions we have gotten regarding LCTLs, however, we know that many people want to find out where they can obtain reference materials, such as grammars or dictionaries, as well as texts, computer programs and cassettes for specific languages. Below are some suggestions on how to find such materials.
- Contact an institution or teacher for the language you're interested in and ask what is available. Names and addresses for almost all programs are contained in the database we offer at our web site.
- Several bookstores specialize in books, tapes, and computer material
for learning foreign languages. You might want to try:
- This web-based retailer lists thousands of books, tapes, CD-ROMs for foreign language study.
- The LMP database produced and maintained by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Language Materials Project contains bibliographic references for language teaching materials for more than 11,000 citations covering over 900 less commonly taught languages.
- Databases of LCTL software
A searchable database of software in many languages, presented by the
Language Center at the University of Minnesota.
- Libraries (public and at post-secondary schools) should be able to search for and perhaps lend books on a wide variety of languages.
Offering language learning materials for missionaries and others.
It just got a bit easier. Now you can get Kazakh Language CD-ROMs from the University of Arizona Press. Beginning
Kazakh's double CDROM set contains 20 lessons, 25 video dialogues and readings by native speakers, plus over 10,000 audio recordings.
You can order online at
or call them at 1-800-426-3797 (in the USA or via Net2Phone).
For details, see
Mission Training International
Mission Training International
Coordinator of Support Services
PO Box 1220
Palmer Lake, CO 80133
New Rosetta Stone Languages Available on CD ROM -- Okay -- so say you don't
want to study language only on the web -- you want a real CD that you can pop
into your computer. Never fear... Rosetta stone is here. Hindi, Arabic, and
Turkish Language CD's are some of the new languages that are available from
The Rosetta Stone Language Library. They are available exclusively for
missionaries through Mission Training International at a low discount price of $99. plus
shipping. This brings the total to 24 languages that are available. To place
an order, call 800-896-3710 (if you live in North Am.) or 719-594-0687, or
email Resources@mti.org. For more information concerning Mission Training
International, go to http://www.mti.org.
Missionary Training Set Offer
Now all nine booklets in the current Missionary Training Service series are available. Jim Yost in Indonesia says, "well refined, concise, practical and easily applicable anywhere." Included: The Missionary Training Guide, Unreached Peoples of the World, The Missionary Team, How to make Disciples in Other Cultures, How to Learn Another Language, The Effective Sending Church, Tentmaking Missionaries, Evangelizing Muslims, Evangelizing Hindus and Buddhists. To order or for more info, contact Ian Benson <
Pilat Comes To North Carolina
Learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning
techniques, train the ears to hear and prepare the mouth to reproduce
sounds of other languages, learn to become pro-active in language
learning and acquire a Language Learning Kit filled with resources to
help master language learning. This PILAT (Program in Language
Acquisition Techniques) course is offered by the Center for
Intercultural Training in cooperation with Missionary Training
International (MTI). To register or for more information, write
email@example.com or call toll-free from the USA or via
Net2Phone from elsewhere 1.800.887.1786 or visit our website at
Great New Site Teaches Foreign Languages Online! -- What's the sum of two guys who each speak five languages, attended Harvard Business School, and worked as McKinsey consultants? Parlo.
that is. The new Web company they started is trying to be a "Berlitz of the Internet," offering foreign-language courses to students worldwide. It hopes to attract students by offering ways to study language and culture using audio and graphics technology, and to create Web communities through chat rooms and email. "It's a lot more than classic textbooks and CD-ROM," says Varun Bedi. Thanks to Neil for the tip. I enrolled in the Spanish class, just to see how far I could go .. . and it was great fun!!! Check it out!!!
A project represents a national effort funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide the general public with a source for language teaching materials for the less commonly taught languages. Below is a list of publishers and distributors who are currently participating in this project by providing materials for review. If you are a provider of foreign language instructional materials and would like to be part of our national inventory, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
- African Voices
P. O. Box 365
Noordhoek 7985, Cape Town, South Africa
96 Broad Street, Suite LA30
Guilford, CT 06437
about 50 different languages
- Barron's Educational Series
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY 11788
400 Alexander Park
Princeton, NJ 08540-6306
- Charles E. Tuttle Co.
Airport Industrial Park, RR1 Box 231-5
North Clarendon, VT 05759-9700
- Cheng and Tsui Company
25 West Street
Boston, MA 02111-1268
- China Books & Periodicals
2929 Twenty-fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94110-4126
31 East 2nd Street
Mineola, NY 11501-3582
P. O. Box 400
Kensington, MD 20895-0400
- Educational Services Corp.
1725 K Street, N.W., Suite #408
Washington, DC 20006
- Heinle & Heinle Enterprises, Inc.
30 Monument Square, First Level
Concord, MA 01742
- Hippocrene Books
171 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
130 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08818
- International Book Distributors
24 Hudson Street
Kinderhook, NY 12106
- Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company
4050 Westmark Drive
Dubuque, IA 52004-1840
46-35 54th Road
Maspeth, NY 11378
- Lonely Planet
155 Filbert Street, Suite 251
Oakland, CA 94607
- Mazda Publishers
P.O. Box 2603
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
- Multi-Cultural Books and Videos
28880 Southfield Rd., Suite 183
Lathrup Village, MI 48076
- Multicultural Distributing Center
9440 Telstar Ave., Suite #2
El Monte, CA 91731
- National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)
1859 East-West Road, #106, University of Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI 96822
- NTC Publishing Group (National Textbook Company)
4255 West Touhy Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60646-1975
Ohio State University Foreign Language Publications
33 W. Eleventh Avenue, Room 311
Columbus, OH 43201-2013
- Pan Asian Publications, Orders Dept.
29564 Union City Blvd.
Union City, CA 94587
- Penton Overseas
2470 Impala Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008-7226
- Random House
400 Hahn Road
Westminster, MD 21157
29 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001-2299
Scheonhof' Foreign Books
76A Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Indiana University, 2611 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408-2603
- Spoken Language Service
P.O. Box 783
Ithaca, NY 14851
- Syracuse Language Systems
5790 Widewaters Parkway
Syracuse, NY 13214
- Wenlin Institute, Inc.
4405 Walnut Street
Oakland, CA 94619
- World Language Resources
2130 Sawtelle Blvd., Suite 304A
Los Angeles, CA 90025
- World of Reading
P. O. Box 13092
Atlanta, GA 30324-0092
- Yale University Press
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT 06520-9040
Rivendell Online Language Courses
Learn enough of another language for travel to that country, available for 50 languages. The tutorials are also available in 50 languages, so if you speak any of the languages listed, you can learn any of the other
languages through an interface in your language.
Rivendell Online Language Courses - Online courses, dictionaries, translation software, ESL resources, and many other language helps.
The University of Minnesota
National Language Resource Center/CARLA/Office of International
Wycliffe Preview Course
If you are interested in cross-cultural missions, short and long-term, at home or overseas, then a Wycliffe Preview course could be your first step in getting oriented. At Preview you will expand your
awareness of other cultures, learn how to hear and accurately reproduce sounds used in other languages, and discover how other languages function. The course runs from Friday evening through until
Sunday afternoon and the cost was $70 for tuition, room and board (students $60) in 2000.
For more information send a message to