Resources for language learners

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German resource page on Oxford University

David Twigg has recently published an article that contains lots of good German language resources

Learning a new language can be intimidating for anyone. The University of Birmingham's Online Language Resource contains a simple step-by-step guide on how to stay focused during your studies so that you are to achieve the best results. With guidance on improving reading, writing and listening skills, and creative suggestions on expanding your vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, this guide also gives advice on how to be successful in your verbal and written exams. This is an excellent resource for anyone who is serious about taking up a new language or advancing in his or her current language skills.

The Japan Foundation is Japan’s main organisation for cultural relations between itself and other countries and aims to encourage wider knowledge of Japan and to promote mutual understanding between countries.

The Regional Language Network helps businesses and individuals in the West Midlands to overcome language and cultural barriers and provides a first-point-of-contact for all language and culture-related queries in the region

Learning languages can be fun, and Language Games allows you to play hangman in French, complete a word-search in German and try your hand at an Italian crossword.

Memrise is a language learning site which helps you to learn vocabulary, and LNFE members have found it very useful.

learnlanguagesonyourown.com regularly posts quality content related to language learning.

There are a number of informal language speaking groups within Wolverhampton, where native speakers and language learners of all levels can get together to chat in a specific language. You can find more information about the groups on Facebook by searching

Learn basic Arabic for business through the EU-funded LEARNINGARABIC project.

Learn general Arabic through the EU-funded Arabic Online project.

Learn English, German or Spanish for medical professionals through the EU-funded TELL-ME project.  

Learn basic Chinese through the EU-funded Chinese for Europeans project and the ChineseCOM project. 

Learn German through the EU-funded Deutsch Online project.

A free language kit for catering professionals is available through the EU-funded EuroCatering project.

The University of Nottingham has produced a series of online reading and listening exercises for pupils of GCSE, A1 and A2 French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Newcastle University has produced a podcast language learning site for GCSE students, containing the Angry Family.

The Universed web-based repository is an autonomous learning platform for GCSE students, available in a variety of languages.

Audio-Lingua offers an extensive library of mp3 recordings in a number of different languages. Visitors to the website can listen to everything from a tutorial on how to use Skype, in French, to how to make flapjack pancakes, in English.

The Practica Español website supports the learning of spoken and written Spanish. Choose your level according to the Common European Framework, then practice Spanish with EFE PRESS news contents, supported by the Instituto Cervantes and the Fundación de la Lengua Española.

The Curriki resource, the first in a 4-part series that progressively increases in difficulty, serves as an aid in learning Chinese. The familiar matching game is applied to Chinese characters—students must look at sets of similar Chinese characters and pair up the ones that match exactly. Students can build their knowledge of simple characters by checking meanings and spoken examples.

Duolingo is a free language-learning website and crowdsourced text translation platform. The service is designed so that as users progress through the lessons they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents. Currently, the site offers only Spanish and German courses for English speakers.

BE MY GUEST has online resources for learning Russian, particularly aimed at people working in the tourism industry.

Be-Multilingual has learning and teaching resources in a range of languages for the tourism sector.

The Nordplus project offered a training course for more effective learning.