Language Learning Resources
CLS Alumni Ambassador Kian Thomas has created a weekly language table for seven CLS languages. Check them out by clicking the icon to the right.
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Do you live in D.C. and are looking for a unique way to practice your critical language? Try these resources:
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See what resources your fellow CLS alums use to keep up with their language and further their skills
Do you have a preferred online dictionary or app that you use? Don’t see it here? E-mail us your favorite language resource at firstname.lastname@example.org, tell us why you use it and what its best features are, and we’ll add it to the list!
Babbel - Paid subscription website with focus on vocabulary and grammar for conversational skills.
DuoLingo - Free website that builds linguistic skills through translation.
Mondly - Free app/software to practice language skills through quizzes and exercises (discount link above!)
LingQ - A freemium website that provides authentic reading practice with built in vocabulary exercises.
Mango - Paid website and app that uses scripts with practice speaking and listening.
Rosetta Stone - Paid software that uses flashcard type exercises to improve reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
Verbling - An online marketplace of language teachers offering 1:1 lessons.
iTalki - An online marketplace of language teachers offering 1:1 lessons.
Did you study Arabic with CLS? What are some resources you find useful in practicing your language skills?
Did you study Azerbaijani with CLS? What are some resources you find useful in practicing your language skills?
Did you study Bangla with CLS? What are some resources you find useful in practicing your language skills?
Chinese Pod - a popular paid platform that provides hours and hours of themed audio lessons (with accompanying documents and exercises) at all learning levels. Chinese Pod is currently experiencing a major turnover in staff, but its archives alone are worth the price.
Skritter - a writing practice platform that uses vocab lists from 300+ commonly used textbooks with drilling and lessons that work well on smart phone or tablet.
The Chairman's Bao - Primarily built to engage reading skills, this platform offers news articles at levels graded according to the HSK.
Hacking Chinese - This platform offers lessons and guidelines for learning Chinese efficiently according to language learning research that is tailored for Westerners learning the Chinese language.
American Mandarin Society
Pleco - Chinese-English dictionary for IOS and Android. Able to search pinyin or english words/ phrases. OCR (optical character recognition) feature which allows you to scan and translate Chinese text with your phone.
KTdict C-E -Chinese-English dictionary for IOS. Able to search pinyin or english words/ phrases. OCR (optical character recognition) feature which allows you to scan and translate Chinese text with your phone.
This has a word and quote of the day in Hindi and serves as an online dictionary; it was well used and preferred by many CLS students.
This has a word and quote of the day in Hindi and serves as an online dictionary; it was used as a secondary dictionary, as the preferred was Shabdkosh. The Hinkhoj phone app was preferred over Shabkhosh by many CLS students.
Modern Hindi Grammar
This includes vocabulary and grammar lessons. It does not have many short stories or passages to improve reading speed, but provides topic-based vocabulary sections to improve your writing and reading comprehension.
A Door into Hindi
This provides vocabulary and grammar lessons with some practice exercises. If you have already learned the material during CLS, A Door into Hindi provides an excellent, thorough review of grammar nuances that you may have forgotten.
A Primer of Modern Standard Hindi, Michael C. Shapiro
This is a Hindi vocabulary and grammar book that is used by many beginner to intermediate CLS students; it will expand vocabulary, provide grammar exercises, and improve reading speed and comprehension via short stories. The vocabulary is not organized by subject/topic, however.
Did you study Indonesian with CLS? What are some resources you find useful in practicing your language skills?
Did you study Japanese with CLS? What are some resources you find useful in practicing your language skills?
Did you study Korean with CLS? What are some resources you find useful in practicing your language skills?
For advanced Persian language learners, the Dehkhoda Dictionary is one of the most streamlined, effective dictionaries to use. However, it is only in Persian, no English.
If you would prefer a Persian-English dictionary, the University of Chicago hosts Hayyim online.
The app AEPD is also an excellent resource, and gives definitions in English, as well as examples of how the word might be used in Persian. However, note that the most common definitions may not be the first definition provided.
If mobile learning is your preferred method, Mondly Persian is an app for Android and Apple devices that allows you to learn vocab and take a free quiz a day!
Did you study Punjabi with CLS? What are some resources you find useful in practicing your language skills?
https://gloss.dliflc.edu/ - Listening and reading comprehension practice with modules for all levels.
http://archive.yalebooks.com/advancedrussian/glossary2.html - Good list of cohesion devices.
http://www.russianmentor.net/dlpr/index.htm - Russian Mentor. No longer maintained, but very good reading comprehension prep for the DLPT. Make sure to read the set up instructions, then select "materials" and then work through the modules in order. Topics covered: economics, crime, military, catastrophes, space, foreign policy, op-eds. All multiple choice questions.
https://www.kanopy.com/category/supplier/stage-russia - Russian-language productions of golden and silver age plays. Requires university or public library account to access.
Did you study Swahili with CLS? What are some resources you find useful in practicing your language skills?
https://turkishconnexion.com/ - Membership at Turkish Connexion offers "free Supplementary materials, customized levels, small classes,weekly assignements, tests, games, presentations, and monthly cultural activities outside of class."
Did you study Urdu with CLS? What are some resources you find useful in practicing your language skills?