Other Language Resources

Learning resources I have collected over the years. Categorized, and with comments or mini-reviews.

I’ve used almost all of these at least a little throughout my studies. Share the link to this content to anyone who may find this useful!

DISCLAIMER: I won’t claim these are definitive, top resources. I may praise some of them but there could be better sites out there. These are simply what I’ve come across and have indeed found useful and worth keeping.

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Indo-European & Semitic Languages

Arabic

Lisaan Masry.com – Egyptian Arabic online dictionary, Android app, PC application, and what seems to be a pretty nice guide to the grammar that is easily navigable and categorized. However, all romanized, no Arabic script.

TenguGo Arabic Script – A nice set of articles to teach the Arabic script, both reading and writing. Has audio, and gives you only a few (usually related) letters at a time. I actually didn’t know they had this available online; I’ve been doing this using the Android app I found. Very cool to see you can choose to study this either in a browser or with an app. The only thing I didn’t like is that I didn’t find the explanations on how you mark vowels to be very clear. The usage of some other similar diacritics were similarly hard to understand, but I’m not finished yet.

Greek

Wikipedia: Greek Alphabet – Good starter for a quick look if you know IPA.

How about learning the Greek alphabet with audio? I tend to prefer to do this on a smartphone app, but I found this extremely hard to find. Since we use the Greek alphabet in other ways, most of the apps are merely to help you remember which letter is “sigma,” for example. But…

The Learn Greek Mobile App [iOS] – is the answer. It is a “lite” version of a bigger package, and includes some beginner lessons and phrases that I have not looked at yet. The main reason I am recommending this app is for the alphabet pronunciation. It not only covers each letter of the alphabet, but also letter combinations, and gives you sample words. Here is the direct link to the Apple App Store listing.

Russian

Wikipedia: Russian Alphabet – As always, Wikipedia is a good place to start if you know IPA.

MasterRussian.com seems to be the site to go to for starting your Russian studies. With an excellent overview on the alphabet (enough to warrant its own review below), lessons on grammar, phrases, vocabulary, and culture, with many audio sample throughout, it’s a great place to start before finding something else for more structured lessons. You can start here for their suggestions on how to tackle learning Russian, or go here to actually start learning.

Russian Alphabet – Quite good, the best out all I’ve found. Full alphabet (but no IPA), good pronunciation notes (including how some letter sounds do depend on their position in a word), and audio. The explanations make it good for both the common learner as well as the linguistically-experienced. The only thing I didn’t like is the referring to palatalized and non-palatalized consonants as “soft” and “hard,” which really doesn’t help. Has at least two other pages also on pronunciation that include example words, though there are no more audio samples.

7 Great YouTube Channels for Learning Russian: As the name says, some great channels for listening practice, including movies, documentaries, cartoons, theater, music, concerts, and news – according to the descriptions on the page. Thanks to Lindsey Leimbach, a reader, for pointing out this page.


iOS apps

I use two apps to practice the Russian alphabet and its pronunciation.

Russian Alphabet (App store link) – Full alphabet with a sample word for each with audio pronunciation. Quiz is only a paid version, but you could use…

33 Russian ABC (App store link) – While the aforementioned is better, this one includes a simple quiz.

Asian Languages

Thai

Thai-Language.com – This looks like a fantastic site. Contains details on romanization, the full alphabet, pronunciation (with audio!), as well as a dictionary (with a page where the words are categorized), and articles on writing, grammar, and more. Additionally, informational articles may have tool-tip-like explanations., and there are useful tables like days, months, time, colors, numbers, kinship terms, and a couple of others. I have not been to look it all in-depth, but it definitely looks excellent.

Here’s an example of their dictionary with the word for “thank you,” showing a breakdown of the word, different versions of it, and example sentences.

 

womenlearnthai.com – Haven’t explored it much, but it has a section listing various resources for learning or practicing Thai, and a page on books for learning Thai. There are more than just learning resources though; there are resources for living or visiting Thailand, teachers and schools, etc. There is a blog as well, and luckily there is a “Tidy Archive” page for that, that lists many (all?) of the blog posts, categorized by topic or series such as interviews, Thai alphabet, software reviews, etc.

Tagalog

Top 10 basic Tagalog phrases to learn – Basic Phrases. Has a other articles for Tagalog. No audio, but there seem to be some good articles there. Use the main menu on the left to check the other articles.

Spanish Numbers in Tagalog – Another article from the site; lists the Spanish numbers used in Tagalog.

Omniglot: Tagalog Numbers – Cardinal and Ordinal numbers of Tagalog, including the Spanish ones, all in a simple table.

African Languages

Miscellaneous / Various

YouTube: African Languages – Polyglot Moses McCormick’s comments / review on some books, the Pimsleur method, and the Foreign Service Institute, on Shona, Wolof, Twi, Zulu, Somali, and Hausa.

Swahili

AfricanLanguages.com: Online Swahili Dictionary – I only tried it a couple of times, but the results seemed pretty good. The results seem to include entries with common prefixes and suffixes, which is great for these kinds of languages.

Zulu

Wikipedia: Zulu Phrases – Has a short but decent list. Includes “I just started learning.”

Not Languages

Morse Code

Morse Code Tips – Some tips to get you started, includes images with a table and one with visual mnemonics.

Morse Code Mnemonics – More aids for remembering morse code.

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