Category Archives: Resources

Links to and comments about resources for languages, literatures, and cultures.

Play the Great Language Game!

language game logoHow many of the world’s languages can you recognize by sound?  Play the Great Language Game to test yourself!


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Explore the Languages of the World with Langscape

Langscape, a project of the Maryland Language Science Center, is a set of tools to explore language diversity.  The centerpiece of the project is an interactive map that lets users click on any geographic location to see the languages spoken there. Selecting a language allows users to access a growing variety of resources for that language.  There is also a tool for the identification of languages based on (usually transliterated) texts.  

Looking for some fun?  Play the Language Familiarization Game!


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An Interactive Audio Map of the World’s Languages



A new website, Localingual, is collecting language samples from around the world.  David Ding, a former Microsoft engineer, hopes that this site will become the Wikipedia of languages.  Not only can the site’s visitors hear the audio files others have created but they can also record their own contributions from a computer or an Android phone.  More information on this project is available in a French article from Sciences et Avenir.  Why not visit the site and contribute your own examples?

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The Studio at Winter Break

The physical space of the Global Studio closes for Winter Break at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 13.  It will re-open at 9 a.m. Monday, January 9, the first day of class.

The virtual services of the Studio continue during break.  Barring bad weather, the satellite-based world television system remains available through the University’s computer network on Ethernet-connected computers in academic buildings.  For more information, click the World TV tab of this site.  Practice your language or start learning a new one with Mango Languages, accessible through the Library’s Research Databases collection.  Also available through the Library’s research databases is SCOLA, a world languages TV service.  You need to be on the University’s network–either on campus or using the VPN–to access streaming TV in many languages.  There are also archived programs and other learning resources.

Looking for more?  Explore Duolingo, Memrise, and the wealth of television and radio programming available through the Internet.

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Canadian Film Office Streams Leonard Cohen Documentary

leonardcohenMesdames et Messieurs, M. Leonard Cohen is a 1965 documentary on the life of this poet-singer who died this week.  The documentary is in English with French subtitles.  Much of it is Mr. Cohen’s own words.  The Office National du Film du Canada/National Film Board of Canada has made the documentary available for streaming (free) and downloading (not free) on line on its site.

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It’s Bastille Day!

Liberty Leading the People
What better day than Bastille Day (le 14 juillet, la fête nationale) to learn about the symbols and emblems of France?  Click on the picture or navigate to to find explanations (in French) about July 14, the French flag and national anthem, Marianne, the rooster, and the slogan Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

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Explore World Music Across the Decades

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Do you need to find some music that is new to you?  Try! is a new music service that lets you explore music from a wide range of countries and decades.  Choose a decade and then a country from a clickable map or vice versa and see what contributors to the site have uploaded.  There are options to upload music and to personalize your experience.  Enjoy!

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