Sibling Mountain lion cubs near Bozeman, Montana




  • Worried about alzheimers? Learn a second language
    This just in: From LIVE SCIENCE. A new study shows how
    bilingualism can ward off cognitive decline and dementia.




    Best Language Websites Index



    "Don't raise your voice. Improve on your argument"
    Desmond Tutu


  • Vive la France
    Miam! J'ai faim moi



    welkom bienvenue willkommen Привет benvenuto bienvenidos






    Come on in and learn another language. Either via this door or choose one over there.

      
    The most recently added NEW SITES - Press Here


    The sites below are listed according to number of page visits to date

    French Chinese Italian Russian

    Hindi German Japanese Arabic TESOL/ESL
    Portuguese Bengali Hebrew Turkish
    Korean Latin Punjabi


    Multiple Translator Sites


    Always something new on these sites above and below. Your Webmaster.


       Language Teacher Hints, Advice and Teaching Tips
    "We condemn in others the wrong we con't want to face in ourselves"


    - Calling all Language Teachers - Calling all Language Students-


    "A bad plan is better than no plan"




    Learning Games and Fun Activities for the FL Classroom

    Take it from this Smurf folks, the stuff up above is pretty darn good

    Students: "It's your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude."


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    Professor Emeritus
    University of Northern Iowa
    You can email me with new
    Language Sites or comments at:
    bestlanguagesites@gmail.com






    Practice speaking the language you are learning
    Learning another language?

    Want to study and learn that language online?

    Looking for great online tutorials?

    Need help with grammar?

    Need help with your homework ?

    It's all right here.








    - Senior Citizen Travel -

    This site is for everyone who enjoys travel


    Check the link above to see where Smurf traveled today

    Everyday Smurf visits a new site with his little dog Barfy.



    Jim's Travel Websites




    "Far too many people are looking for the right person,
    instead of trying to be the right person." - Gloria Steinem




  • Now listen to "IZ" sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow

    (Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole)
    Enlarge your screen so that "IZ" fits on it as he is quite large
    Mahalo nui loa = That's Thank You Very Much in Hawaiian




  • How To Learn Any Language
    In this case dozens of them. This website is made for people who love languages.

  • How the Brain Benefits From Being Bilingual
    Time Magazine - New studies are showing that a multilingual brain is nimbler, quicker, better able to deal with ambiguities, resolve conflicts and even resist Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia longer.

  • Ready, Set, Grow: What happens when a baby learns two languages
    A YouTube presentation.

  • Why Learning A New Language Is Important For Children
    Learning a new language is an advantage irrespective of your age. It is through new languages that we get an in depth knowledge about various cultures across the globe

  • Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
    A NY Times Sunday Review Article.

  • Ready, Set, Grow: What happens when a baby learns two languages
    A YouTube presentation.

  • A Map of Languages in the United States.
    View an interactive map showing the percentages or numbers of speakers of the selected language. Select a state or click the map to zoom in on a region. Add or remove county and city names, rivers and lakes, zip code borders and numbers, or Indian reservations.

  • Cha Sun Chon et al. - "Our Kindergarten Teacher"
    Don't miss this entertaining group of youngsters playing the guitar in unison. It is AWESOME.



  • Photoviews.org
    Hundreds of photos of cities and landscapes in the world pictures in Panoramio. A great addition to all language sites above. Choose the country then the specific areas or cities.



  • Live Lingua
    A total immersion language school online and in 11 different languages. Learn via Skype.

  • Free multilingual online dictionary
    English Spanish French Portuguese German Italian Swedish


  • English Grammar and Punctuation Guide
    When it comes to writing a paper, the greatest ideas can be trumped by poor grammar and punctuation. While you can use a spelling or grammar checker to correct most errors, even computer-based checkers make mistakes.


  • Spell Finder
    Best (they say) spelling and spell check free online dictionary with detail meaning.

    One of my all-time favorites:
  • Susan Boyle - Britains Got Talent 2009 Episode 1
    - A must view at least once a month. jeb


  • Michael Flatley - Riverdance
    Riverdance finale, featuring Michael Flatley, Jean Butler and lots of extremely talented irish dancers. Truly amazing. One of Jim's favorites. Have you seen them yet?


  • Les Miserables - Official Trailer (HD)
    A favorite of your Webmaster

  • The 10 Best Jumps Ever on YouTube
    And just for a Little Variety here. WOW - No Chute and over 22 million visits to date.


  • ClueWord Multilingual Word Puzzles/Great Fun.

  • Celebrate Languages A new and fun site with dozens of different languages to explore.



  • "Hey Donkey. It's time we learn another language"

    Ok Shrek, you go first. Pick one below. Me, I'd like to learn a little Samoan.


    Learn 119 Different Languages Here/Rich!
    nota bene: A webmaster multilingual favorite site. Great sites and many with sound. Word2Word is pleased to provide these links in the hope of all people developing a better understanding of others through the use of language. We have attempted to place as many online courses at your disposal as possible.


    Arabic, Belgian, Bulgarian, Canadian, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lojban, Malaysian, Moldavan, Persian, Portugese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slavonic, Slovenian, Slovakian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Tamil, Taiwanese, Turkish, Uganda, Ukranian, Valencian, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish.
    nota bene: Another webmaster preferred site.


  • The Travel Linguist
    Whether you want to master another language or just learn a few words for travel, we've got the language learning tools for you. You will have to search for the one that you want to learn. It is fun learning everyday expressions in several NEW languages.

    Why Study a FL?
    From ACTFL: What does research show about the benefits of language learning?

  • Learn 8 Different Languages here on this site
    Words, Dictionary, Verbs, Phrases, Forum, a Blog and more. Learn a language right here with hundreds of free language-learning lessons, games, and activities. Join us and have some fun.
  • Learn Verbs Onlinel in Six Languages
  • What would you like to study ?
  • The Internet Polyglot


    Lingo Hut
    A fun means to learn six different languages


    The Linguist List
    Learning Languages other than English.

    L-Lingo
    Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese or more w/video and sound. This site caters to several Asian languages.
    A Webmaster Choice Site


  • Maplandia from Google
    Welcome on maplandia.com! Maplandia.com provides the searchable world gazetteer based on Google Maps, the most comprehensive online satellite imagery ever available. More than 2 000 000 places all over the world are divided into many geographical categories according to continents, countries and administrative regions.This is an awesome addition to this homepage site. Do check it out.
    The Language Menu
    --A free teacher's site with 17 tools to make worksheets with or without pictures in 33 languages.
    N.B. This website was created by language teachers for language teachers.

    Vocabulary Games in four languages
    The Ultimate Vocabulary Trainer
    Word Champ/Great Discovery here
    A barrel of language links from the UK


  • Celebrate Multiple Languages here
    A site taken from my Best Japanese Websites worth sharing here.
  • Hatsune Miku Live Party in Sapporo 2011
    The sight of thousands of screaming fans waving glow sticks while the the holograph "performs" on stage is straight out of a science fiction novel. It's kinda long but fun.

  • Hatsune Miku World is Mine Live [HD]
    If you liked that one, her she is again. Awesome special effects and a wild crowd always.


  • Want to see the rest of my Best Japanese Websites?
  • A listing of language schools worldwide. A helpful guide.
  • Channel 4 - Modern Languages

  • Languages Online / Five of them
    Practical FL Learning Tips
    Language Tests in Several Languages/Make your own quiz too...

  • Online Talking Dictionary
    Dictionarist provides translations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Greek, Chinese, Japanese and Korean dictionaries.
  • Wikimapia
    A super means of viewing the entire world up close
  • Internet 4 Classrooms/multiple language site
  • Free online language dictionaries.
  • And here is an OnLine Dictionary
    It will provide many versions of the word you select to look up. The WordReference Dictionaries are free online translation dictionaries. The most popular dictionaries are the Spanish Dictionary, French Dictionary and the Italian Dictionary.
    Word Reference Site
    On-line French, Spanish, Italian Dictionary



    Cosmo Trainer
    Learn new words in several different languages here/nice site.
    Language Exchange via E-mail, Text Chat and Voice Mail
    Financial Times Currency Converter
    A strong source for money information.
    Linguanaut/ 50 languages all FREE

    Lang-8
    Lang-8 is a SNS (Social Networking Service) site for language exchange and international communication.


    Langenberg
    Words and phrases in several languages

    LookWAYup Dictionary in several languages
    Majstro Translation Dictionary
    Powerful and multifaceted
    Multiple Language Dictionary Site
    From English to 14 different languages
    Word Reference
    Language Dictionaries for 6 languages
    Surface Languages
    Learn Dozens of Language Phrases w/sound
    American Sign Language Website
    Education...one sign at a time
    Tips for Learning Another Language
    From ie language / a great site
  • WikIdioms
    WikIdioms is a multilingual dictionary of idioms. The dictionary is created by the online community of native speakers of different languages. Our vision is to create a dynamic online reference helping language enthusiasts and professionals to make the speech more colorful by actively employing idioms in non-native languages.
    General Language & Multilingual Sites/Dozens of them!

  • Learn to Read Hieroglyphics



    SUPER TRANSLATOR SITES FOR YOU TO CONSIDER


  • Google Translations Services
    Good translations in a variety of languages.
    Still a favorite of mine for ease of use.
    Another Webmaster Choice Site

  • Mobile Translator
    I seem to collect translators BUT this one is really different.
    I give it a Top Webmaster Choice as it is well done and accurate.
    English to Another Language or Another Language to English
    Free Translation.com
    This one is JIM'S PREFERRED TRANSLATOR SITE...with an Auto Detect recognition

  • A new translator for you and it is FAST!
    Full Text Translator, Language Translation | Free Translations from Dictionary.com.
    >
  • This translator is FAST Fast very fast!
    but a little faulty on the specifics.
  • This translator version will do full text translation
    A new Google Translation Help Service
    What's new in Google Translate?
    Translate text, webpages and documents
    Here's another Google very nice translator
    BING translator from Microsoft
    Well done and for several languages
    Bubbles translator site
    Free online translations/Weird name but a good site

    Online Free Translations for 100+ Language Pairs
    This is worth taking a look at folks!
    Translate a website into another language
    Input the URL and choose the destination language and BINGO!
    This one is nothing but SUPER COOL folks!



    Babylon English Translations
    New and powerful/words, sentences, full texts.

    Babel Fish An Online Translator

    From Language to Language
    18 different languages available
    Free Translation Online
    Babelfish/Alta Vista
    A Yahoo Translator
    World Lingo
    On Line Translator





  • With all Jim's websites up above...
    Shrek can leap over donkeys in Sixteen Languages




    An Ad For Learning Another Language
    If this turtle can do it you can too.


    The importance of learning another language
    It could even save your life.


  • I just discovered this multiple language site and it's a good one.



  • Tin Tin Trailers - Dozens of them. Enjoy!

  • Four language drills French, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
    All the lessons on this website are free, according to your native language, you can click on the link you want to learn French, Spanish or Portuguese.

  • Languages Online Four different languages are on this site.
    If you liked the one above, try this one as well. jeb


  • Languages of the World Quizzes These quizzes are related to the Transparent Language Languages of the World software program.
    Great site for review. Hope you like my shots below. jeb




  • Vistas in Education Travel and Family Stay Programs
    I know this program personally and have traveled with VIE several times. jeb


    Fog in the Valley



    Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni,Bolivia




  • Le Ballon Rouge
    While this is a French movie made way back in 1956, students in every language classroom can enjoy the movie as there is "Minimal French" spoken. 34+ minutes in length. Teachers: Show this to your students regardless of what language they are learning. It's a classic.


  • Willie Nelson sings "Back to the Start"- A fun animated video.
    Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the Start." Enlarge your screen so that all the pigs fit on your screen. 8,297,412 views. You'll see why soon as you view it. It is really fun.




    Here is a recent discovery that will thrill
    most folks interested in world languages.
    Mama Lisa's World



    Any idea where this is?




    You just say it and I'll translate it in
    another language for you, okay?







  • "So fire up and start learning another language"
    Your webmaster



    Let's go swimming






    "It is now proved beyond a doubt that smoking is the leading cause of statistics." Author - Fletcher Knebel -



  • Games for Languages
    Welcome to a one stop shop where you can PLAY FREE online courses and QUICK GAMES in several languages. Read THE BLOG and quick reviews of ONLINE SITES. A super new discovery.

  • Let's pay a visit to the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

  • Free Foreign Language Resources
    The 39 different language links on this page are carefully hand-selected to give you immediate access to free websites that teach languages online with animation, audio, and dynamic interactions. Enjoy exploring.

  • Foreign Crossword Puzzles
    Crossword Puzzles in Foreign Language, dozens of them.

  • LanguageGuide.com
    A collaborative project to develop interactive, sound-integrated language learning resources. A multiple language resource so start learning another language here.

  • Beste Reise Guide
    Your challenge of the DAY. A USA Travel Guide in GERMAN.

  • Quia shared activities area
    Choose a subject area (language) that interests you, and then browse through the many learning activities. All of these games and quizzes were created by educators using Quia's tools and templates.


  • World Atlas
    I love this site and use it all the time for finding great maps of any area of the world.

  • List of countries where Spanish is an official language
    Can you name the top five? Sure Spain #1 but then which countries?

  • List of countries where French is an official language
    Can you name the top five? France is NOT #1. How did you do?

  • List of countries where German is the only official language
    Can you name all five? What was your #2 and #3?


  • The Language Gulper
    A neat NEW find with detailed descriptions of the main languages of the world in a clear, concise way. Its scope is not only living languages but also ancient ones of historical or cultural importance. So far, "The Language Gulper" includes 131 individual language pages, 40 about families and branches and 8 about linguistic areas. These two have an insatiable appetite for ancient and modern tongues. 2013 Alejandro Gutman and Beatriz Avanzati


  • My Languages
    One SUPER NEW FIND in many languages. You will note that this site is in French. All you have to do is go to the URL and change the french.php to the language you want. I use it all the time in my summer school class. And there is good sound for most words or phrases.
  • A photographic travel guide
    Colorful photos from around the world. Type in where you want to go in the Travel to box and VOILA.
  • Lingo Hut
    Great vocabulary builder with sound for ten languages.

  • Micrositas : Resources for teaching and learning several languages
    Curriculum units, teaching materials, virtual picture books, videos and more. A neat NEW site. You'll enjoy just surfing through the wide variety of materials. Great new find.
  • BING'S new language translator
    It's a lot like the Google version. It's very fast. Give it a try.

  • My Memory Translation
    Here's where machine translation meets human translation. Many variations online.

  • Learning a language being young
    A YouTube explanation by Dr. Christine Jernigan to help parents to raise bi-lingual children.

  • Flashcard Exchange
    Dozens of languages with sound. A great new find.


    360 Cities
    A really cool site that takes you all over the world to view close up and with 360 degree views with just your Mouse. Just move it L or R for a 360 scan.


  • I Love Languages
    Your guide to languages on the Web.


  • Languages on the Web
    Lonweb.org is a huge resources with thousands of language related links. A super new find.

  • Verb Conjugation on-line
    You pick the language and they conjugate verbs in that language. Wow!

  • The Illinois Council on the Tchg of Langs. Helpful Links


  • A Guide to Language Vacations & Workshops


  • FL Resources at Internet 4 Classrooms


  • The information source for language learners and language learning on the web.

  • Language Resources from the Lang. Media Center - U of Iowa

  • International Movers
    International movers are experts in the world of moving, packing and logistics as well as international rules and processes. They will not only provide you qualified information on shipping and regulations, they will also reliably track your household goods shipment.

  • Yabla - Language Immersion Through Online Video
    Only Yabla language immersion sites give you authentic television, music videos, drama, interviews, travel, and Yabla exclusive shoots from throughout the world.

  • busuu - Learn languages for free online
    Take a video tour.

  • How about that?
    GOOGLE for all the countries in the world right here at your fingertips.

  • Common Foreign Phrase Meanings - A Game

  • A plethora of quizzes in a variety of languages
    Quizzes on various languages from around the world. Explore and enjoy!

  • Quizzes in 11 different languages
    Movie quiz | Music quiz | Football quiz | Geography quiz

  • Common Foreign Phrase Meaning Game by Matching

  • Live Mocha
    Online language community. Learn a language and connect with native speakers for instructive help.


    Shambles All Language Site
    A plethora of sites that language instructors need. Lots of super resources.

  • FL and ESL Games
    Even acquiring basic level skills in one or several foreign languages is bound to have a sizable beneficial impact on one's career and life in general. A great way to begin to learn a foreign language is through online games. Kids and adults alike love learning foreign words and phrases using fun matching games.


  • Foreign Language Learning For Kids
    A Fun Educational Website for Teachers and Kids.

  • What is the best language learning software?
    Learning a foreign language with language learning software can be quite a rewarding experience. Choosing the best language learning software for you, on the other hand, can be frustrating. With so many options it is difficult to determine which software will work best for you. Everyone has a unique learning style which is why it is hard to say definitively that one language learning software is the best.

  • e Language School / Learn a FL Online for Free
    eLanguageSchool.net is the largest website for learning multiple languages on the Internet. We have compiled the best resources from a variety of sources to make learning any of ten different languages as easy as possible. Select your language from the side to get started.



  • Surface Languages
    Surface Languages is a free site to learn basic survival words and phrases on a variety of topics in 37 different languages. Lots of help for arabic (12), chinese (42), cultures (70), french (75), german (53), greek (39), hebrew (10), italian (23), latin (22), phrases (6), portuguese (11), russian (18), spanish (82). This site would be very handy in introduction (and level 1) world language classes. Use this site as a learning station or center.

  • Verbs Online for Six Languages
  • 30 Great Sites for Learning a Language Online for Free
  • 5 Best Free Websites to Learn Foreign Languages
  • 18 Great Sites to Learn a New Language
  • 10 Best Language Websites
  • Websites for FL Teachers
    From a fellow Rhode Island FL teacher.

  • Ultralingua Online Dictionary
    For people who love languages.

  • Language Learning Resources
    Seven different language resources from Pimsleur Approach.


  • Internet Polyglot
    A valuable site dedicated to helping members learn 34 languages by providing them a way to memorize words and their meanings. This site helps your memory to grasp more information and retain it for longer time. Access to all pages is free.
    Neat new site w/sound too!



  • BIG TIME multiple language sites
    40 different language sites, each with multiple links.


  • Ways and Means of Engaging Language Learners
    A video with lots of good ideas. Activities for Beginners through Advanced levels.



  • General Resources and Ideas
    Ideas and Tips for French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin.


  • 18 Great Sites to Learn a New Language
    Take a good look at each of them as they have lots to offer students and their teachers.

  • Languages Online - Nine of Them
    A tremendous new site with lots of video illustrations and a wide range of topics.
    Don't miss this new link. It is a great aid for learning another language. That's why it's here the TOP. Ready-Made Activities. Engaging interactive tasks and printable worksheets that introduce, reinforce and recycle vocabulary. Activities are self-paced and self-correcting and include recordings by native speakers.From the State of Victoria, Australia.

  • Free Easy Courses Portal
    Multiple languages with several different levels and directions.


  • Song Downloads for Several Languages
    If you enjoy singing, check out these links.


  • The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies (C4LPT) - UK
    C4LPT is a free resource site on the use of new (particularly social) technologies for learning and performance. It is now one of the world's most visited learning sites on the Web, with over 100,000 visits every month.


  • Translate English into another language
    This is a neat new discovery. It also has vocabulary drills, quizzes, games and more. Do take a look at it.


    Learn words, phrases and expressions in 40 Languages for FREE
    ::SurfaceLanguages:: contains thousands of words, phrases and expressions covering a wide variety of situations in many different foreign languages. Have fun hearing and repeating common words and phrases in a whole bunch of different languages. Use these with your students. Teach them how to count to five in Japanese, Italian, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and dozens more. I just learned how to say Good Morning and Please in Hebrew.

  • Travel Language Directory
    A tremendous new FIND with dozens of helpful links in twelve different languages.
    Each language has lists for dictionaries, grammar, language schools, resources and translations. You will certainly find something here to help learn the language you are studying.

  • Master List of Language Schools from all over the world
    Language schools and immersion programs in Spanish, Italian, French, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and many other languages will help you learn a language of your choice.
    A one-stop shop
    >

  • CAPL Project: Authentic Photos from all over the world
    Welcome to the Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon, CAPL, the source for authentic images for language learning.
    By Michael R. Shaughnessy, Ph.D

  • Speedy Language Phrasebooks
    Handy phrasebooks in several languages.
    I have used these handy little guides overseas in several countries for years.
    You will find them very handy on your travels overseas. Your Webmaster

  • Online Free Spell Checker
    Email, or e-mail as it is often spelt, is a massive part of everyday life, and whether business or personal emails, the words contained within an email represent the sender.

  • A Great Interactive Map of World Countries"
    A closeup view of all portions of any nation
    This source will let you explore the entire world.

  • Russian-Bar Acrobatic
    A performance on the Russian Bar, recorded for Chinese television at the Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. The final stunt is unbelievable! PS Enlarge your screen too.


  • IE Language Links...dozens of them in many languages/not to be missed.
  • Voice Crafters: A wide variety of voice talents
    With recording samples of professional male and female voices. Super for building listening comprehension is dozens of languages.

  • A super new site with children's songs from all over the world
    Do check this one out! It is a great new link and jump along with them. jeb

    Text to speech translator
    A powerful and fun site with sound and a variety of voices/TRY IT!
    A Language Tutorial Index
    Free Language Tutorials, Basic Phrases, Vocabulary and Grammar in 15 Languages

    Be sure to check this one out as it is totally LOADED!
  • A Trip Tool Phrasebook in Six Languages
    A great tool if you do not know the common words



  • Fluent Future/multiple language videos
    Fluentfuture is a community-based language exchange platform. You can learn languages for free
  • Languages of the World / BBC
    Essential phrases in 36 languages. Learn all the basics here/RICH SITE!
    Digital Dialects
    The Digital Dialects website features free to use interactive games for learning languages. This site requires the use of Macromedia Flash Player. Great new addition here with 59 different languages/Rich Site w/lots of great activities for each.
    Glimpse Abroad Site
    The Glimpse Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that fosters cross-cultural understanding and exchange, particularly between the United States and the rest of the world.

    Around the world in six languages
    A Word A Day and A Phrase A Day right here
    Examples, | Arabic | Esperanto | Greek | Irish | Welsh | Russian | French | Russian | Italian | and more...
    From the BBC/Multiple Language Site with MP3 downloads
    Very rich/Try it!


    FL Teach Websites
    This is a totally loaded website with many helpful links to various languages
    900 Sites for Teachers
    World Countries
    Choose a country and receive information. Great site!
    Foreign Language Education Sites



    Answers.com
    Answers.com offers free access to millions of topics from the world's leading publishers.
    Free Language
    Lessons, Podcasts, Courses, Audio, Video, Study Guides, Learning Materials.
    1000s of Foreign Language Books from Powells
    WWW Resources for Language Teachers from SUNY Cortland
    Many Fun Language Games
    More Games tagged 'languages'

    Lingua Central from the UK
    Games, Vocabulary and much more in French, Spanish and German



    Best Chinese Websites Homepage





    Food in Kerala India


    - Right now I'd rather be dining with my two friends Nono and Sia -

  • Don't miss this classic video
    Two dogs dining in busy a restaurant.
  • Awesome Faces
    Have you ever noticed how various objects and constructions look as if they've got faces - they are smiling, being angry or amazed. My grandson sent me this site with some neat natural faces. I loved the Grizzly Bear and the OMG Wall. And how about that Car Bumper?


    I witnessed this guy totally suspended in the air in Vienna, Austria

    Later I saw another one suspended just like him in Budapest. (jeb)




  • Here is GOOGLE...
  • And here are the newest Google Language Tools!
    Use the Google Interface in Your Language
    Google for Spanish
    Google for French Google for German
    Google for Japanese Google for Chinese
    Google for Italian Google for Russian


    Alsace Wine Trail, France




  • ====> IWLA
    Iowa World Language Association Website
  • Language teachers... check out this site
    Jim is a Past President of this fine association










    Jim's Travel Websites
    Everything you need to get you there...and back




    I trained well with the Army Rangers, but I prefer eating walnuts or almonds or corn or just about anything.

    "Power Corrupts.
    The sane are usually attracted by other things than power"
    - David Brin -

  • MLA Language Map of the US and various speakers.

  • Back to the TOP OF THIS PAGE

    Have you ever heard of any of these African languages?
    Fulani | Bambara | Akan | Yoruba | Luba | Lulua | Gikuyu | Shona | Kongo | Xhosa | Makua or Amharic?
    For an interesting website on world languages by continents go to -

  • -->World Languages Map

    Toc Toc Toc!

    Who whooo's there?





    The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom
    but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind - Khalil Gibran

    Language teacher advice and tips:

    I know from my own experience that being on a continual path of self-improvement is an absolute necessity toward be a good teacher. Hang out with other educators that you admire. Watch them closely and learn from them. Imitation is the greatest compliment! Join your language association (http://www.aat--.org) plus two foreign language teacher associations (state and national: ACTFL - (http://www.actfl.org and attend their annual meetings on a regular basis. Get involved anyway you can with each. Rub noses with people at the TOP. Get to know the officers personally. Keep in contact with them. Use these association offerings, suggestions and resources.

    Whenever you can in your own environment, ask to observe colleagues in action in their classroom. Pick up ideas that work for them and adopt and adapt them to you own classroom. Always be on the "lookout" for new ideas, new means of teaching, new ways to incorporate things that work for others into your own methodology. Don't hesitate to ask questions of teachers who have had much success as to how and why that happened. I used to observe elementary teachers and how they interacted with their young students. Always something to learn. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You'll never live long enough to make all of them yourself." Another that I always loved is "If you think you're GREEN, you'll grow - if you think you're RIPE, you'll rot." All true. Don't rot! That's an axiom that will never grow old. You may think that you are the best, but you're not. There is always someone better than you. (I learned this playing basketball) Learn from them. Know what the best practices are and be aware of the current online resources that can be of great help to you and your language students.

    Keep your classroom presentations FRESH. Keep up with innovation and the changing needs of your students by incorporating technology such as computer use, iPhones, iPads, e-mail and a host of other innovations into your routine classroom activities to communicate with others in the target language and to access authentic resources. Stay current with options and trends in the field such as the National Standards and know how to incorporate them into your daily plans. Hopefully these few ideas will aid in your growth and success. Stay with it. Don't throw in the towel like many have, but again as I point out above, whatever new ideas you discover, you must first adopt and then adapt. Not everything you see elsewhere will work for you as I have personally learned. You must adapt those ideas to your own language classroom. There are a host of great ideas available on all these sites, but they are only as successful as you will make them. And perhaps most important of all, do ask your students often how they feel about what they are doing and learning and what they enjoy the most and the least in your classroom. Most of all, do enjoy your students and share yourself with them. [They don't care how much you know until they know how much you CARE] I hope that you picked up some ideas here that will aid in your total success. Have fun in your classroom. (ps I picked up these ideas in a recent dream and wanted to share with each of you) I'm 72 but never too old to learn and never too old to share ideas. Best yet, why not be learning another language yourself? Check out one of the sites above. It is a great means to experience first-hand what your students are feeling. Now you are "walking in their shoes." Don't forget to have FUN doing it. jeb BA, MA, ABD


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