Favorite language things

Online dictionaries and translators

  • Linguee -- multiple bilingual German-based dictionaries
  • DeepL -- an instantaneous translator that often beats Google Translator
  • Wordreference -- numerous bilingual dictionaries
  • Glosbe -- one of the few decent bilingual dictionaries that also accounts for Bulgarian
  • Pons -- multiple bilingual German-based dictionaries
  • Dict.cc -- multiple bilingual German-based dictionaries; absolutely essential for data-free travel
  • WIPO Translate -- another deep-learning-based translation tool, trained specifically on patents

Language-learning software and resources

  • Transparent Language -- straightforward, versatile software for learning less "trendy" languages, like Bulgarian and Czech
  • Rosetta Stone -- great software for getting a solid foundation in a new language without using your native language as a crutch
  • Memrise -- a simple app for picking up new vocabulary via spaced repetition
  • Beelingueapp -- a lovely app for reading simple texts in two languages at once
  • Français Authentique -- great podcasts for learning French on-the-go
  • EasyGerman -- cute videos with subtitles and interviews with people on the street
  • Deutsche Welle -- tons of solid, free material for learning German, especially the Video-Themen, which also have exercises
  • Radio Ambulante -- beautifully told stories from Latin America
  • Catástrofe Ultravioleta -- quirky science stories; think Spanish Radiolab
  • Lingolia -- detailed grammatical explanations and practice worksheets with immediate feedback

Cool Projects

  • 7000 languages -- a project providing software to help preserve all of the world's 7000+ languages
  • Endangered Languages -- a related project with a super cool interactive map
  • Kamusi -- a multilingual dictionary