Learning Resources

This website archives instructional resources for the study of Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Persian (Dari or Farsi dialect), Russian, Spanish, and Urdu languages and the cultures and countries represented by those languages. Follow the links below to access interactive multimedia language-learning programs, cultural materials, and videos of expert personalities discussing language and culture.

http://www.nmelrc.org/Arabic
Arabic resources from the 
National Middle East Language Resource Center at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah., featuring Arabic Without Walls, colloquial Syrian, bilingual children's books, help with calligraphy, assessment resources, and much more.

http://www.dilap.eu/arabic-alphabet/animation.html
Animated Arabic Alphabet, by Didactiques Langues Publications. Click on a letter to see it written and hear its name.
http://www.purposegames.com/game/94749d0d/info
Arabic House Vocabulary Game: 
Animated Arabic Alphabet, by Didactiques Langues Publications. Click on a letter to see it written and hear its name.
http://www.purposegames.com/game/arabic-nature-quiz
Arabic Nature Game: 
Animated Arabic Alphabet, by Didactiques Langues Publications. Click on a letter to see it written and hear its name.
http://www.purposegames.com/game/arabic-the-human-body-medium-quiz
Arabic Human Body Game: A timed interactive game that allows the player to read the Arabic words from the human body and pick the correct body part.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pb0F4HOCN8
Arabic Phrases: This YouTube video teaches simple Arabic phrases by pronouncing the Arabic phrase and having the written English translation at the bottom of the video.
http://www.byki.com/
Arabic Rapid Rote Program and Flashcards: Sign up for free online Arabic lessons and print off Arabic flashcards from this website.
http://qutrub.arabeyes.org/
Arabic Verb 
Conjucation: This website is for more advanced students. Type a verb into the text box and the website will show you the different conjucations of the verb.
http://fieldsupport.dliflc.edu/products/headstart/chinese.html
Head start 2 Chinese, from Defense Language Institute: An online task-based introduction to cultural and communicative proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, with excellent historical and cultural texts, good audio, and many interactive assessment exercises.
http://watchtolearnchinese.com/
Watch to learn Chinese: A large number of free videos to help you learn Mandarin.
http://www.mandarintools.com/flashcard.html
Chinese flash cards: This website allows you to print flashcards on a large array of subjects.
http://www.csulb.edu/~txie/azi/page1.htm
How to make basic characters: A basic dictionary in Chinese characters and pinyin, which when selected produce a stroke by stroke depiction of the formation of the character.
http://www.csulb.edu/~txie/azi/page1.htm
How to make basic characters: A basic dictionary in Chinese characters and pinyin, which when selected produce a stroke by stroke depiction of the formation of the character.
http://www.mandarintools.com/chardict.html
Chinese character dictionary: A unique dictionary that allows users to look up the stroke count of a Chinese word.
http://www.nciku.com/
Chinese to English Dictionary: An online dictionary with video notes that translates Chinese into English and vice versa.
http://english.cntv.cn/learnchinese/
Chinese Television Website: Watch Chinese Television and learn Chinese with free language lessons.
http://www.china.org.cn/learning_chinese/
Chinese Language and Cultural Lessons: An all in one online resource, this website offers both culture lessons as well as language lessons.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/
BBC Website: Free interactive language lessons on how to speak Chinese.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/
BBC Website: Free interactive language lessons on how to speak French.
http://www.consulfrance-atlanta.org/spip.php?rubrique7
French Consulate in the United States: This website is the best source for information on relations between France and the United States.
http://ltc.chass.ncsu.edu/learning/hindich1.php
Conversation about Indian cities, wedding, ritual, traditions, customs, tourist places etc.
http://www.russnet.org/index.php
Russnet Language Learning Modules: Funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The project combines the study of advanced Russian language with several aspects of Russian culture. Use RealPlayer.
http://fieldsupport.dliflc.edu/products/headstart/russian.html
Russian Headstart2 from Defense Language Institute: An online task-based course in cultural and oral proficiency with good audio and interactive assessment modules.

http://winrus.com/index_en.htm
Russian Cyrillic Characters Tutorial: Website explaining how to set up characters on your computer either with the standard Russian keyboard or with a phonetic one.

http://www.alphadictionary.com/rusgrammar/
Russian Grammar: Online interactive language lessons on Russian Grammar.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/russian/
BBC Languages: A great start for beginners, with alphabet, key phrases, cultural facts and cartoon soap operas. Good audio and excellent presentation.

http://www.russianlessons.net/grammar/pronouns.php
Russian Grammar and Pronunciation: Lessons in personal prounouns, possessive pronouns, reflexive pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, determinative pronouns and interrogative pronouns.

http://russkoekino.net/
Russian Movies: Learn and practice Russian through this website which offers free classical and contemporary movies.
http://www.redstar.ru/
Russian News Source: Learn what is going on in the Russian media through this online news website.
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68216150880&v=wall&viewas=1579217277
Urdu. The Facebook page. A very nice place to begin. This site has three or four video lessons on learning to write the alphabet and simple words (click on Videos). There are also about twenty audio lessons on the language.

http://taj.chass.ncsu.edu/urdu/
دروازه A Door Into Urdu: A comprehensive multimedia elementary Urdu course.

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00urdu/urduscript/index.html
Learning Urdu script, letter-group by letter-group. Some very helpful notes from Fran Pritchett, Columbia University.

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/urdutech/ghazalreader/
Digital Urdu Ghazal Reader. While somewhat advanced, this site can be used by beginners because it provides excellent audio of spoken poetry, visual recognition of simple words, click-on translation. Useful for acquiring good pronunciation, rhythm and intonation.

http://chass.online.ncsu.edu/online/Viewer/?peid=4ffbc1996d794ba9a1a2a1ced5c17adb
Aligarh Muslim University, in Aligarh, India. A short video (in Urdu) made during our Winter Break Study Abroad to India, 2010.

As the cognitive processes and mechanisms of foreign language learning are different from those employed in learning other subjects, students and instructors alike will doubtless benefit from a careful examination of the subject, some of which is presented in these pages:

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