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Books – Hard Copy and Electronic
Bartleby – “The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference, and verse providing students, researchers, and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.”
Essential English Grammar in Use – “English Grammar in Use Third edition is a fully updated version of the classic grammar title. It retains all the key features of clarity and accessibility that have made this book so popular with students and teachers alike. This edition with answers and CD-ROM, is ideal for self-study. The CD-ROM includes hundreds of interactive exercises to reinforce the language learned in the book.”
ManyBooks.net – “There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they’re all free!”
Practical English Usage – “Michael Swan has written and co-authored a wide range of English language teaching and reference materials, informed by 20 years’ TESOL experience in Britain and abroad. He has published a number of articles on the principles and methodology of second language teaching, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.”
Prepositions: The Ultimate Book – Mastering English Prepositions – “A guide for developing successful speakers, Prepositions: The Ultimate Book proposes a pedagogical approach to the prepositions of the English language. Designed for all levels of students for easy comprehension and quick learning, over 2000 examples of simple and complex (phrasal) prepositions and prepositional idioms help readers understand and create the intended message. By learning how to correctly link words to their specific meanings, students will be able to build fluency and accuracy while working with creativity and autonomy. Organized by function and subject, with over 400 prepositions and prepositional entries, including more than 100 illustrations, this book helps students identify and use context cues in a variety of real-world situations. Whether you are in the English classroom or out in the professional world, Prepositions: The Ultimate Book is an indispensable and comprehensive reference tool for all international learners seeking to communicate more effectively and naturally in the English language.”
Chat with People Around The World
LanguageForExchange.com – “Find free pen pals from around the world. Conversation Exchange.”
HelloTalk.com – “HelloTalk Language Exchange – Learn English, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Arabic”
InterPals.net – “InterPals Penpals – Meet people, make friends online and find free pen pals from around the world!”
MyHappyPlanet.com – “My Happy Planet | Learn & Practice English, French, Spanish and More with Partners Around the World”
Paltalk – “Join the Conversation. Start a free video chat, voice, or text group chat with anyone on any device.”
Conversation Starters & Suggestions
250 Conversation Starters – “[S]ome great questions for starting a conversation. There are a lot of random conversation starters to get you started and then conversation questions listed by topic.”
Conversation Questions – General basic questions to think about and answer.
How To Have A Great Conversation – “Making conversation can be difficult. Sometimes you feel shy, or maybe you don’t have much in common with the person you’re talking to. Learning to become a good conversationalist is not as difficult as you may imagine, but it does requires some practice.”
Mastering The Art of Conversation: 7 Steps To Being Smooth – Great tips on handling the subtle nuances of polite interaction.
Documentaries and Videos
Documentary Addict – This site offers interesting free documentaries of every type imaginable.
Documentary Heaven – This site offers interesting free documentaries.
Documentary Storm – “. . . the leading source for 100% free documentary films. [They] curate the best documentary films available online for educational purposes as well as personal enjoyment.[They] believe that documentaries are an effective and entertaining way to learn. The main goal of this website is to share knowledge, spread ideas, and have fun.The formula for a great documentary is half Hollywood blockbuster and half Ivy League Education. We are dedicated to finding you the best free full-length documentaries from around the web that fit these standards. [They] invite you to browse through DocumentaryStorm. Click around. Get lost. Pause. Learn. Speak. Listen. Knowledge is Power.”
Documentary Tube – This site offers interesting free documentaries.
Free Documentaries – “Freedocumentaries.org streams full-length documentary films free of charge, with no registration needed. For several films, [they] even offer the ability to watch trailers or to download the actual film.The films are gathered by [their] researchers as [they] scour the web for well-produced videos and present them to viewers. [They] adhere to all copyright laws and honor the wishes of the producers.[They] created Freedocumentaries.org because [they] wanted to find an easy way to bring thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining documentaries to anyone with a high-speed internet connection. [They] believe that the mainstream media increasingly practices self-censorship, and that it ignores many opinions and historical events. With the media distorting or ignoring information, it’s often very hard to get an accurate picture of a problem, even while watching the news. Sites like Freedocumentaries.org are a much-needed counterbalance to corporate media: an industry dominated by special interests. Even though every dollar [they] make via advertising or donations is critical, [they] do not let any advertisers have any influence over which films [they] play. [They] would rather lose that money than lose [their] independence. And the fact that [they] won’t shy away from controversial films is one of the things that makes [them] unique.While some of the films on [their] site have widespread distribution, others are created by independent filmmakers who depend on sites like [theirs] to get their information to the public. The amount of work that these producers have put into making a 90-minute film is astounding. Different films create different reactions among different people.There will be aspects of the films in which you may disagree or agree. After watching you may cry, become inspired, or you may get angry; in any case the films will get you thinking. [They] are proud that in the last two years, [they] have helped share these films with countless people that would not have seen the movies otherwise. [They] believe that [they] have made the world just a little better by doing so.”
Movie Clips – Clips from many, many different movies.
Sprword – “Sprword was started to counter the continuing consolidation of mainstream media and its limited and agenda-based reporting. Sprword.com plans to counter corporate media by providing links to important videos, articles, and websites that reveal what corporate mainstream media refuses to recognize as need-to-know information.”
TED: Ideas Worth Spreading – “TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.” Check out their videos.
Top Documentary Films – This site offers interesting free documentaries.
YouTube – YouTube offers interesting free full-length films in English for you to watch.
Education – FREE
Educate Yourself for Free: 14 Sources for Free Online Classes – If you’ve ever wanted to teach yourself how to do something, learn more about a particular discipline, or immerse yourself in something you’ve always wanted to know more about, then the Web is your dream come true. There’s no need to sign up for expensive college classes that can be outdated as soon as you finish them, or order books that lose their value as soon as you receive them in the mail. The Web has made all of that somewhat obsolete with free training on pretty much anything you can think of.”
David Appleyard’s World of English – “In these pages you’ll find some key English learning points and handy references in easily manageable, interlinked compartments. The approach to grammar is the traditional one. Just as with safe driving, language acquisition and effective communication are helped along by some basic rules of the road.Knowing that for most people time is of the essence, [David has] attempted to fast-track users to the core subject matter, and to show by example rather than lengthy explanation. This should be of particular benefit to those of you preparing to sit exams. The color scheme has been kept simple throughout to facilitate printing, and [he’s] even gone easy on the advertising.”Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome, and my thanks to those who have already written in.
ELLLO (Listening) “English Listening Lesson Library Online: Learn English Naturally!”
English Language Learning – “Everything students and teachers need to begin learning English including grammar explanations, vocabulary building exercises, listening and reading comprehension, reference materials, quizzes, and tutorials.”
English Made in Brazil – “English Made in Brazil has always been an educational site where everything is offered for free in its totality. We do not promote commercial brands, beyond the discreet mention of its sponsors. The team which participates in this site believes in the universality of knowledge and is today composed of people from different parts of the world led by a Brazilian. Everyone is connected to the study of linguistics, more specifically to the comparative study of English and Portuguese, as well as to the study of teaching methodologies and the learning of languages and multicultural questions. The team constantly receives new members and everyone that participates is a volunteer, moved mainly by intellectual interest to generate knowlege.”
EnglishSpeak.com – For [BEGINNERS] who want to learn English on their own. What is Englishspeak.com? Englishspeak.com is a free and award winning new system for learning to speak English. The program contains lessons that give special attention to English pronunciation and everyday language. With over 100 lessons, Englishspeak.com provides a large amount of audio content. Users have access to two different speeds of playback for each item.”
ESL Pod (Listening) – Who is ESLPod.com?
“ESLPod.com is run by a team of experienced English as a Second Language professors with over 30 years of high school, adult, and university ESL teaching experience. Dr. Lucy Tse writes scripts and story ideas for the podcasts, and records many of the dialogs and stories. The host for the podcast is Dr. Jeff McQuillan, who helps read the scripts and provides explanations for them.”
Just Vocabulary (Listening) – “Just Vocabulary creates and distributes digital audio content. [It] offer[s] people who want to improve their English Vocabulary, complete audio packages. The 3 different audio shows will help students (English as a second language) to learn new English words in a more effective and entertaining way. Most of the “Just Vocabulary words” are selected from GRE, SAT and TOEFL word lists.”
Ogden’s Basic English – “Basic English is a simplified English language created by Charles Kay Ogden and described in his book : Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar. London: Paul Treber & Co., Ltd. (1930). This was followed by a wide selection of supporting texts by Ogden, by his associate I.A. Richards who did much work in the orient were Basic English is widely used in teaching English, and by others. . . Beneficiaries of the Basic English concept would be all foreign students of English, may their numbers grow: I always thought that a requirement to teach English should be tied to foreign aid to build an identity with the West with access to first-hand U.S. and western information and to build a market for mutual benefit. The ability to communicate internationally is a requirement to develop effective trade relations by underdeveloped peoples. Afghanistan needs to enter the modern world — what language should the businessmen, traders and students for future leadership positions learn? At home, Basic English would make contracts and legal matters more intelligible. Basic English should be made the official language of The Capitol so that bureaucratic and Internal Revenue documents are understandable.”
Omniglot – The online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.
Online Education Database – 50 Essential Resources for ESL Students
“Learning a new language is always daunting, especially when that language is as full of weird rules and contradictions as English. Native speakers are often unable to master the nuances of tense and grammar themselves. Fortunately, if you’re originally a non-English speaker, there are a fantastic amount of resources online to help you master the English language. From speaking to writing, these tools will help you get a handle on English and help you in your education and career. Don’t let the size of the task stop you from getting it done. Use these resources and you’ll be fluent in no time.”
Phrasal Verb Exercises – Site for self-study of common phrasal verbs.
“All of the verbs on this site are in regular use in all the major English speaking countries. [The site has] deliberately left out any verbs that are very country specific. There’s not much point in learning something that you can only use in one country (or region).”
PhraseUp.com – “Phraseup assists you with writing by finding and filling-in the words you can’t remember.”
Writing Prompts – Writings to stimulate thought and the creative processes.
English Language Schools in the U.S.A.
English in the U.S.A. – “Englishinusa.com has been one of the most popular web directories of English Language Schools and ESL Programs on the Internet since 1999. Our visitors can find over one thousand American ESL Institutes and English Language Schools and programs offering English as a Second Language courses for domestic and international students, executives and professionals. Englishinusa.com includes directories of English Language School by location (region or state) and by program specialization.”
Learn English in the USA with IPSA – “Only the best internationally recognized language schools and study abroad programs are selected for participation in the IPSA Consortium. All member schools are presented as the IPSA Consortium Member language schools, colleges and study abroad programs and we use a consistent design and structure to develop the detailed presentation and the Online Brochure of each member school. We do not provide links to the schools’ web sites, neither we promote their trade marks, official names and logos. Our goal is to create an objective presentation of the member schools and their programs and services.”
Kaplan International Colleges – “Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of education and career services and a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO). Kaplan, Inc. has 31,000 employees in 500 locations worldwide. We reach more than one million students around the globe.”
Study in the U.S.A. – “Study in the USA is the best site for international students looking for top programs in the USA. StudyUSA.com features English Schools and courses (ESL, ESOL, EFL), Universities, Colleges and Community Colleges. You will find a variety of Undergraduate and Graduate programs to study, such as MBA, Business, Science, Engineering and so much more! Study in the USA makes it simple for you to find the schools right for you and programs you want to study. Find new opportunities and start your U.S. education now!”
ELTS – Educational Testing Service – GRE Tests,The Praxis Series Tests, TOEFL Test, TOEIC Tests
GMAT – The GMAT exam is the assessment of graduate management candidates – designed with management faculty to measure the skills students need to succeed in today’s challenging curricula.
IELTS – “IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.”
TOEFL – “The TOEFL iBT test, administered via the Internet, is an important part of your journey to study in an English-speaking country. In addition to the test, the ETS TOEFL Program provides tools and guides to help you prepare for the test and improve your English-language skills.
What Is the TOEFL iBT Test?
The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
There are two formats for the TOEFL test. The format you take depends on the location of your test center. Most test takers take the TOEFL iBT test. Test centers that do not have Internet access offer the Paper-based Test (PBT).”
TOEIC – “For more than 30 years, the TOEIC test has set the standard for assessing English-language skills used in the workplace. Today TOEIC test scores are used by over 10,000 companies, government agencies and English Language Learning programs in 120 countries, and more than 5 million TOEIC tests were administered last year.”
150+ Education Websites For Lifelong Learners – A continually updated list of sites for people who love to learn.
ThoughtCo. – Lifelong learning. “At ThoughtCo, [they] believe that learning is a never-ending process, and that great inspiration begins with a question. Whether yours is about science, history, math, or religion, [their] in-depth articles give you the answers and information you need to be smart, informed and confident. So whether you are asking for a class, that next conversation, or just because you want to know, ThoughtCo can help.”
Online American English News
Mainstream Media (MSM) and Alternative Media
ABC News – One of the major public news TV channels.
Alternet.org – (Alternative News) “AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources. AlterNet’s aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more. Since its inception in 1998, AlterNet.org has grown dramatically to keep pace with the public demand for independent news. We provide free online content to millions of readers, serving as a reliable filter, keeping our vast audience well-informed and engaged, helping them to navigate a culture of information overload and providing an alternative to the commercial media onslaught. Our aim is to stimulate, inform, and instigate.”
American Free Press – (Alternative News) “AFP is the preeminent alternative, independent news source for honest, hardworking, truth-loving Americans. AFP is the antithesis of the controlled mainstream press. AFP is employee owned and has been so since its founding. We never have and never will allow advertisers or special interests to dictate what appears in the pages of AFP, which is one of the reasons why we have been shunned by our establishment “competition” and vilified by the high-level crooks we’ve skewered since our founding in 2001.”
CBS News – One of the major public news TV channels.
CNN – Cable Network News – an American cable TV news program, online, international text edition.
Democracy Now! – (Alternative News) “Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.
Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates–debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.”
Fox News – One of the major public news TV channels.
Newsweek – an American news magazine.
NBC News Digital – One of the major public news channels. “NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful news brands that deliver compelling, diverse and visually engaging stories on your platform of choice. NBC News Digital features world-class brands including NBCNews.com, tv.msnbc.com, TODAY.com, theGrio.com, NBCLatino.com, NBCPolitics.com, Nightly News, Meet the Press, Dateline, Newsvine, Breaking News, and the existing apps and digital extensions of these respective properties. We provide something for every news consumer with our comprehensive offerings that deliver the best in breaking news, segments from your favorite NBC News shows, live video coverage, original journalism, lifestyle features, commentary and local updates. NBC News Digital reaches an audience of more than 58 million unique visitors who generate more than 1.2 billion page views and 140 million online video streams each month.”
NPR – National Public Radio – Government funded radio station. Wonderful site for very advanced learners or anyone preparing for TOEFL or TOEIC that needs a high level of English. Audio does not follow the written text word for word like at Voice of America [Learning English pages]. It is a good idea to read the text first before listening to the audio to have a better idea of what will be presented since the audio and text don’t match word for word.
PBS – Public Broadcasting Service – Government funded TV channel. “PBS and . . . member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS’s educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way. [You are invited] to find out more about America’s largest public media enterprise.”
The Intercept – (Alternative News) “The Intercept is dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism. We believe journalism should bring transparency and accountability to powerful governmental and corporate institutions, and our journalists have the editorial freedom and legal support to pursue this mission.“
Brazilian Portuguese and U.S. English versions.
The Real News – (Alternative News) “The Real News is a non-profit, viewer-supported daily video-news and documentary service. We don’t accept advertising, and we don’t accept government or corporate funding. RN is sustained by viewer donations and earned revenue.
Since 2007, [they] have produced more than 7,000 stories that have been viewed more than 100 million times. The next phase of development is the move to television. We will compete with cable news for an audience in the millions.”
What’s News and Who’s a Newsmaker?
[Their] perspective on reporting the news is guided by an editorial approach that seeks facts and doesn’t bow to pressure. In everything we produce, we ask:
What’s news? We cover the big stories of the day, but we broaden the definition of what’s important: the movements for working peoples’ rights, for peace, for the health of our planet, and against racism – are news.
Who’s a newsmaker? We don’t just cover people in high office or limit news to the partisan horse race for power. We think that people who fight for human rights and work for solutions are newsmakers.
What matters to a mass audience? We combine sizzle with substance, understanding that craft and entertainment values are critical to winning a large audience. We strive to answer the questions: “Why is this happening to me?” and “What can I do about it?”. TRNN programming provides facts and context to help people advance their interests.
What is the real debate? [Their] debate is fact-based and witty, resisting talking points and narrow partisanship. [They] question underlying assumptions and search for solutions.
Are [they] objective in method and transparent in presentation? [They] all have interests. This affects the facts [they] consider important and the sources [they] decide to trust. TRNN strives to delve into the complexity of issues and base [their] journalism on verifiable evidence. [They] work at being transparent and providing ways for viewers to question, debate, and criticize [their] work.”
Time – an American news magazine.
Truthdig – (Alternative News) “The purpose of [this] news website is to provide you with insightful and accurate reporting on current subjects and on issues that need to be brought to your attention. [It wants] to challenge conventional wisdom. [It seeks] to offer a solid and reliable resource for those of you who want to explore particular topics by drilling deeply. In addition, it is [their] mission to create a home for thoughtful, provocative ideas from talented contributors and editors.”
Truthout – (Alternative News) “Truthout is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organizationdedicated to providing independent news and commentary on a daily basis. Truthout works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, [Truthout] will spur the revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity.”
Voice of America – the main page for news and information in English and regular audio news broadcasts.
Voice of America – LEARNING ENGLISH – a site with text and audio to help you with pronunciation, vocabulary and interesting articles. There are news in three levels, Level 1 = Basic, Level 2 = Intermediate and Level 3 = Advanced for you to choose. Audio and text match (are the same).
U.S. News and World Report – “U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information, which includes www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com. U.S. News publishes annual print and e-book versions of its authoritative rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals. In 2012 U.S. News launched a conference division focusing on important national conversations and solutions in STEM Education and Hospitals of Tomorrow.
U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers by focusing on health, personal finance, education, travel, cars, news and opinion. U.S. News & World Report’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its “Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, high schools, hospitals, nursing homes, mutual funds, health plans, diets and more.”
The Young Turks Network – (Alternative News) “The Young Turks claims to be “the world’s largest online news show” based on the TYT main channel’s YouTube views”.
Online American Libraries
American Libraries – a list of the most important American libraries.
Open Library – “One web page for every book ever published. It’s a lofty but achievable goal.To build Open Library, we need hundreds of millions of book records, a wiki interface, and lots of people who are willing to contribute their time and effort to building the site.To date, we have gathered over 20 million records from a variety of large catalogs as well as single contributions, with more on the way.Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open, and we welcome your contribution. Whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget–it’s all welcome. We have a small team of fantastic programmers who have accomplished a lot, but we can’t do it alone!Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.
Project Gutenberg – “Project Gutenberg was the first provider of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and his memory continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.”
The Free Library – “The Free Library is an invaluable research tool and the fastest, easiest way to locate useful information on virtually any topic. Explore the site through a keyword search, or simply browse the enormous collection of literary classics and up-to-date periodicals to find exactly what you need.”
The Internet Archive – “The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1995 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.”
The Internet Public Library – “ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2’s collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.In January 2010, the website “ipl2: information you can trust” was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by The College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.”
The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. – “The Library of Congress has made digitized versions of collection materials available online since 1994, concentrating on its most rare collections and those unavailable anywhere else. The following services are your gateway to a growing treasury of digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, and books, as well as “born digital” materials such as Web sites. In addition, the Library maintains and promotes the use of digital library standards and provides online research and reference services.The Library provides one of the largest bodies of noncommercial high-quality content on the Internet. By providing these materials online, those who may never come to Washington can gain access to the treasures of the nation’s library. Such online access also helps preserve rare materials that may be too fragile to handle.”
The Literature Network – “We offer searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast. To find the work you’re looking for start by looking through the author index. We currently have over 3000 full books and over 4000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors. Our quotations database has over 8500 quotes.”
Wiley Online Library – “Wiley Online Library hosts the world’s broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, almost 10,000 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases.”
Online American Newspapers
Wikipedia’s list of American news publications – Top newspaper links of the U.S.A.
Online Language Dictionaries, References
Dictionary.com – “[Dictionary.com’s] mission is to delight and inspire anyone using the English language by being the most innovative and comprehensive digital source for everything related to words. [It] provide[s] resources that help people accurately define, pronounce, and apply words in the moment.”
Encylopedia.com – “As the Internet’s premier collection of online encyclopedias, Encyclopedia.com provides you reference entries from credible, published sources like Oxford University Press and Columbia Encyclopedia. At Encyclopedia.com, you get free access to nearly 200,000 reference entries from sources you can cite. Plus, more than 50,000 topic summaries feature related pictures, videos, topic summaries, and newspaper and magazine articles from around the world. Encyclopedia.com also provides innovative tools that allow you to rate and sort the reference content you find to be the most useful. Other Web sites that allow anyone to rewrite reference entries can be fun. But when you need credible information from reliable sources you can cite, Encyclopedia.com (www.encyclopedia.com) is the place to go.
Encyclopædia Britannica – “The Encyclopædia Britannica name has been synonymous with reliable and trustworthy information for generations. Founded in 1758, in Edinburgh, Scotland, it began with the encyclopedia of that name, created by two entrepreneurs and an editor. Over the years its reputation grew as the greatest minds of each generation contributed work to subsequent editions. The size of the Britannica grew as well, from the 3-volume 1st edition to the 32-volume 15th. In the 20th century the company expanded into new areas and new products, such as language instruction, educational media, the classics, and reference works in a host of different languages.In 1981 Britannica published its first digital encyclopedia—probably the first digital encyclopedia—and thus began a journey toward becoming an almost totally digital company. Today the Britannica.com Web site and many others published by EB and its divisions serve tens of millions of people around the world. They are updated daily.”
List of Online Dictionaries – List of dictionaries accessible on the Internet.
List of Online Encyclopedias – List of encyclopedias accessible on the Internet.
Merriam Webster’s Dictionary – For more than 150 years, in print and now online, Merriam-Webster has been America’s leading and most-trusted provider of language information.
Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary – “A dictionary specifically for learners of the English language.”
Michaelis – English to Brazilian Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese to English Dictionaries among other languages into Portuguese.
Oxford Learner’s Dictionary – “A dictionary specifically for learners of the English language”
TheFreeDictionary.com – The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (American) and Collins English Dictionary (British), Complete and Unabridged.
RefSeek – “Currently in public beta, RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.
Ref Seek’s unique approach offers students comprehensive subject coverage without the information overload of a general search engine–increasing the visibility of academic information and compelling ideas that are often in a muddle of sponsored links and commercial results.“
The Online Slang Dictionary – “The Online Slang Dictionary is a dictionary of slang words, neologisms, idioms, aphorisms, jargon, informal speech, and figurative usages. It has been edited and maintained . . . since its creation in December 1995.
Urban dictionary – Urban slang contributed and written by the users of this site.
WordReference.com – Dictionaries to translate from your language to English or vice versa. There are many of the major languages included.
Quotes, Proverbs and Sayings
Brainy Quote – “BrainyQuote is the world’s largest quotation site. [The site] educate[s] and entertain[s] audiences of all ages with family-friendly quotations from history’s most prominent figures through to today’s newsmakers – famous celebrities, athletes, politicians, authors, and everything in between. [The site is] passionate about quotes, and on a mission to share . . . knowledge with the world.”
Wise Old Sayings and Quotes – “Wise Old Sayings is a database of thousands of inspirational, humorous, and thoughtful quotes, sorted by category for your enjoyment.”
World of Quotes – “WorldofQuotes.com offers Famous Quotes organized by author and topic, and proverbs organized by nationality or origin. [The site has] over 140,000 famous quotes, alongside a large collection of Inspirational Quotes, Death Quotes, Life Quotes, and Motivational Quotes for your reading pleasure.”
World of Proverbs – “[The site’s] hope in creating a comprehensive list of proverbs in a easy-to-find format, is to provide a resource for writers, academics, readers and etymologists.
Inclusion on this site is dependent to whether the words have (1) permeated a culture (2) stood the test of time (3) impart a bit of wisdom or insight.
Self-Education and Lifelong Learning
100+ Self-Education Resources For Lifelong Learners – “DIY Genius [was created] to help people learn faster online and design their own do-it-yourself learning action plans.
[It teaches] people how to build location independent careers and use flow psychology to make a living doing work they enjoy. I’m a student of the latest technology trends and the new opportunities that innovation makes possible.
[DIY believes] the new education is HyperLearning: self-directed, passion-driven learning using the Internet.”
Self-Made Scholar – “This blog is all about self-education – people learning what they want to know without formal schools or classrooms.”
Thought.co – “At ThoughtCo, [they] believe that learning is a never-ending process, and that great inspiration begins with a question. Whether yours is about science, history, math, religion, sports, movies, or politics, our in-depth articles give you the answers and information you need to be smart, informed and confident. So whether you are asking for a class, that next conversation, or just because you want to know, ThoughtCo can help.”
Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Success – “These 17 principles of success are important because they can be used by anyone to achieve any goal that is reasonably within reach. Millions of people put these principles into action and benefitted from them even in cases where they weren’t aware of the principles themselves.
The best way to benefit from these principles is to make them a part of your daily routine. You won’t gain much if you try a few of them once or twice and then revert back to opposing habits that cancel them out. This is the reason why all of them are presented as habits that are to be mastered gradually over time.”
How To Learn Any Language – “Learning a new language can be tough, but if you follow certain techniques, soon you’ll be able to learn any language. Although there’s no magical way to go about it, with some hard work and practice you’ll be fluent in no time.”
Study Tips To Learn A Language – “Many students and even some English teachers think that learning a foreign language is reading and memorizing grammar rules and memorizing words. Of course, those activities are important but not essential. Many language learners ignore the fact that in addition to learning a foreign language they need to develop certain practical language skills. They need to practice the language every day because language skills are acquired. Learners acquire a language, step-by-step.”
Time and Date Converter
Fox Clocks – “FoxClocks is an extension for Google Chrome, Firefox and Thunderbird that lets you keep an eye on the time around the world – or just your local time – by putting small clocks in your statusbar. Choose from a set of useful time formats or create your own – custom formats are easy to create and very flexible.”
The Time Now – “Current local time and geoinfo. The Time Now is a reliable tool when traveling, calling or researching. The Time Now provides accurate (US network of cesium clocks) synchronized time and accurate time services.”
Time and Date Converter – “Find the time difference between two cities with the Time Difference Calculator. Provides time zone conversions taking into account daylight saving time (DST), local time zone and accepts present, past or future dates.”
World Time Buddy – “World Time Buddy (WTB) is a cross between a time zone converter, a world clock converter, and an online meeting scheduler. It’s one of the best online productivity tools for those often finding themselves traveling, in flights, in online meetings or just calling friends and family abroad.Carefully thought out design lets it effortlessly compare multiple time zones at a glance, plan conference calls, webinars, international phone calls and web meetings. It also aids with business travel & tracking of market hours.WTB was born out of frustration with existing world clocks, online meeting and time conversion tools. Most of them have given up on providing quality business tools and on delighting their users.”
University Provided Resources
Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative – “The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University, offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our aim is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.”
Coursera – ”Coursera is a for-profit educational technology company that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs). Coursera works with universities to make some of their courses available online, and offers courses in physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, and other subjects. Coursera positions itself as learning without limits.”
M.I.T. Open Courseware – “MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.”
Open Study – ”Get instant help from someone. Meet some awesome people and make friends. Earn credentials and rewards. Become a respected helper.”
Open Tapestry – ”Open Tapestry is all about discovering, adapting, and sharing learning resources, whether you’re a teacher, an instructor, a professor, a corporate trainer, a learner, or just a curious mind! We help you organize your content into categories–or Tapestries–that you create. Open Tapestry’s toolset allows instructors to develop course materials in a fraction of the time, while invigorating and enhancing learners’ experience. We give you the tools to mold and shape content already on the web to exactly how you want it.”
Peer to Peer University – ”How We Learn…One of our core values is “peer learning.” It’s kind of a wonky term, but we’ve grown to love it. Generally we use it as a shorthand for the following framework for learning: Expertiseeveryone has it:in the average P2PU learning group, you might have a super-organized project manager, a whip-smart headline writer, a shark of a negotiator and an exhibition designer. No matter what the subject of the course, everyone brings their suite of skills and experiences to the team. In this light “expertise” doesn’t necessarily mean a skill that is recognized by a degree or a job title, but instead refers to a more informal definition of talent. What is the ability to bake a cake, anyway, if not an arena of expertise? Sharingand connecting is how we learn: every single P2PU experience will ask you to work on something together and share it. Whether it’s a team-based project such as the Data Explorer , a peer review team such as Copyright 4 Educators, or making an HTML file with the School of Webcraft, interacting with others, sharing your work and imparting your knowledge is part-and-parcel of the learning experience. Feedbackis necessary in order to improve:at P2PU, we believe that delivering feedback is a kind of learning. We built our friendly assessment platform Badges around that very principle. When you submit a project, another P2PU community member will give you feedback to help extend your learning. The feedback helps you by honing on your individual needs, and helps the P2PU member learn more by diagnosing where you’re at with the project.”
Stanford on iTunes U – “Stanford Online offers a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments. [They] also offer an array of free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide.”
The University of Chicago, Online Learning – “With our deep history and continued innovations in education, UChicago has a distinguished place in bringing the richness of university studies to those beyond the walls of an institution.”
The YouTube EDU Channel – “Whether you’re doing research for a project, need help with homework, or just want to learn something new, YouTube EDU features some of our most popular educational videos across YouTube.”
Longman Communication 3000 – “The Longman Communication 3000 is a list of the 3000 most frequent words in both spoken and written English, based on statistical analysis of the 390 million words contained in the Longman Corpus Network – a group of corpuses or databases of authentic English language. The Longman Communication 3000 represents the core of the English language and shows students of English which words are the most important for them to learn and study in order to communicate effectively in both
speech and writing.”
Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary – “[The] editors have identified 3,000 English words that are most important for Learners to know. Study this list to improve your vocabulary.”
Oxford Learner’s Dictionary – “Wordlists in Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries”
List of Online Dictionaries – List of encyclopedias accessible on the Internet.
10 Best Voice Recorder Apps For Android – One of the most handy features of any Android device is the ability to record yourself. There are plenty of reasons for wanting to do so as well. Musicians may want to record a new idea, journalists need to record interviews, and some even set it up to see if they talk in their sleep. The good news is that you don’t have to go and buy a voice recorder from someplace like Amazon or Walmart anymore. Your smartphone is perfectly capable of handling it for you! Here are the best voice recorder apps for Android! Note taking apps also have voice recording capabilities. You can find our best list for that just below.