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Updated: January 27, 2005

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Akkadian Cuneiform
The Akkadian cuneiform script was adapted from Sumerian cuneiform in about 2350 BC. The Akkadian script was used until about the 1st century AD and was adapted to write many other languages of Mesopotamia, including Babylonian and Assyrian.

Fun With Arabic
Enter an appealing site creatively designed to introduce the beginning student to the Arabic language.

Learn Assyrian Aramaic
This web site offers comprehensive lessons at 6 levels. There is also a short introduction to the Assyrian Aramaic language.

new"Aboriginal Languages of Australia
There are more than 200 Australian Indigenous languages. This site has annotated links to 180 resources for about 60 languages. About 25% of these resources are produced or published by Indigenous people.

Clarence's Guide to the Cajun Language, Cajun Phrases, and Cajun Dictionary
This site contains sources for learning the Louisiana Cajun French language, Cajun phrases, Cajun dictionaries, links to free online Cajun French language sites and descriptions of Cajun language books and Cd's.

Chinese Language Information Page
A comprehensive navigational tool pointing you to Chinese language related resources.

Cartoon University: Learn Chinese Characters Series
Visit this highly instructive and beautifully animated guide showing the evolution of basic Chinese characters.

Learn Danish
Learn when Danish became its own language and how it differs from the other Scandinavian languages. Great site for those unfamiliar with Danish. Excellent new spell checker in Danish / English

Learn Dutch
Learn Dutch is a web site for distance learners who like to do some mindjogging with a difficult-to-learn language.

Dutch For Beginners
A useful site in learning basic Dutch grammar and vocabulary. Once you've mastered the material presented on the site, you should be able to read simple texts written in Dutch.

Hou tu pranownse Inglish (How to Pronounce English)
An informative site for: foreign learners of English, native speakers who never quite mastered English spelling, spelling reformers who care to understand the system they want to replace and linguists interested in how an inadequate alphabet is manhandled to fit an unruly language.

newLearn Filipino
Filipino (Tagalog) language training for non-native speakers, complete with well-organized lessons and audio.

The Finnish Language
Is Finnish a difficult language? Learn the answer to that question, discover the history
of the Finnish language and learn how to use it.

French Language Course
Learn French from a French writer in Paris, France. Includes pronunciation guides.

French Resources
Oodles of links to French language, culture, media, history and country/city tours.

Dictionary Search - Gaelic Languages
Search for meanings of Scottish, Manx and Irish Gaelic words. Definitions given in English.

Gaelic and Gaelic Culture
A web site devoted to the language and culture of the Gaels, those people that speak or did speak any of the three Gaelic languages.

German Language Newsletter
Read current news in Germany, get help with German grammar, select fun/Spass and send a greeting card auf Deutsch.

German for Travelers
Utilize free German lessons, find great places to visit, buy German products, nad explore tons of links.

Learn Greek Online
Learn Greek Online is currently composed of 105 real audio files (around 15 minutes each), online student notes, a collection of collaborative learning tools and an online dictionary and a spell checker. And it's free, but donations are welcome!

Greek-English / English-Greek Dictionary
Results are given in Greek and English alphabets.

National Center for the Hebrew Language
Unifying Jewish communities through ivrit.

Hindi Language Resources
Language Learning and Teaching on the Web.

Languages and Scripts of India
Click on one of the major languages of India to learn more about the language and people who use it.

Italian Language Resources
Travel through links taking you to Courses, including video clips, language notes and activities, News and Features, Phrases, Travel, Italian for Work and more.

Japanese Language Learning Tools on the Web
Fantastic site for finding tremendous amounts of information about the Japanese language and related topics. Links for online Japanese lessons and tutoring.

Latin Wordstock
Build up your Latin vocabulary by utilizing this brimming source which is part of Classics Unveiled. This site also provides an extensive list of English words derived from the Latin language.

Perseus Digital Library
Tour the ancient world, read Latin and Greek texts, browse ancient art and archaelogy. To locate dictionaries, type "dictionary" under Search.

new"The People's Paths
First People's Language Resources. Teaching/Study American Indian Languages. (Native American Language Resources)

Norwegian Language in 5 Minutes a Month
Language lessons to learn Norwegian, found on the site of Sons of Norway, which is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

NorWord
Sign up to receive a free daily emailed Norwegian language lesson.

Polish Language Course
This web site offers an introduction to the Polish language, culture and geography. Great for beginners, but also useful for those who already know the language.

Russian language
Consult a variety of dictionaries, test your Russian skills with online crossword puzzles or learn more about Russian life.

Scots Language Society
A brief history of the origin of Scots

Learn Spanish Online Help
This site is chock full of helps with Spanish - for beginner to advanced. Find slang expressions from many Spanish-speaking countries.

Visual Link Spanish
The U. S. Institute of Languages offers online Spanish in a unique format. Instead of just learning isolated words, individuals learn how to form correct, complete sentences by the end of the first audio session. For free lessons, click on link for "Learn Spanish Online". For hundreds of other Spanish-related links, clink on "Check Out Our Great Links". There is a great resource for home schoolers.

Internet Living Swahili Dictionary
Provided by the Kamusi Project and offering more than online dictionaries. Search links to learning resources, slideshows and more.

A Swedish Language Course
Svenska, as the Swedes call their language, is spoken by the approximately 8 million inhabitants of Sweden, as well as another 300,000 people in Finland. This site was designed for those people who are not familiar with Svenska (Swedish). However, the lessons may also be helpful for those who have had previous experience and would like to improve their grammar or just simply practice or brush up.

Turkish Language Profile
A general introduction and overview of the history and lingusitic qualities of the Turkish language. There is also a helpful map of Turkey and surrounding countries.

List of Yiddish Words and Expressions
Nearly 1,500 listings of everyday words and expressions of the Yiddish language!

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