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LANGUAGE RESOURCES

Multilingual (lots of languages) Arabic Chinese Dutch
English, page 1 English, page 2 Esperanto French
German Hebrew Japanese Latin
Russian Sign Language Spanish Swedish

Many of the points raised on the list ask for help with Specific Languages.  Below you will find some of the links which members have suggested might come in handy.  If you want to suggest some more, post the addresses on "The List" please and we'll ensure they end up here.


MULTILINGUAL - lots of languages.

The Human Languages Page - links to hundreds of language resources.

A member's links page also comes highly recommended.  Go see Eva Easton's pages.

This link apparently takes you to a starting page for various mailing lists in different
languages and subjects.  We are told you can also start your own list through this forum.  It
includes many of the languages mentioned on our list.  We don't know how many family
oriented lists there are, but there is a rating system which runs from "kid safe" upwards.

Here is another good general resource mentioned by somebody and the section of the same site specifically dedicated to languages

A Web of On-Line Dictionaries - List of on-line dictionaries and wordlists for many languages.

A Web of On-Line Grammars - Another interesting site from R. Beard. Links to a couple dozen grammars for different languages (too many to list). Many are introductions to the language, alphabet, and/or writing system; others are more linguistically-oriented.

The Alternative Language Dictionaries - slang, idioms, swear words, and more, in a variety of languages, updatable.

André Fairchild, a translator/interpreter (English/French/Spanish/Portuguese/Dutch) specialized in medical science and member of the list, has built a resource page for translators and others interested in language. You can find it at http://www.geocities.com/multilingual6.

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ARABIC

If you are interested in seeing some real written Arabic (and maybe even taking a
free basic Arabic course on-line), visit the Babel: Arabic site

The Arabic Alphabet - from Syria Online. Arabic alphabet, description, forms, and transliteration.
 

Arabic Software Digest - Index of Arabic-related software (includes language, font, and Arabic system software).

Arabic Software Map - Index of Arabic software and where to find it on the Internet.

ARABIC-INFO Mailing List - Free e-mail list for people involved with Arabic, Islamic, or Middle Eastern studies. Online archives of past messages, and how to subscribe or unsubscribe.

Arabic-Info Mailing List - Information about the Arabic-Info mailing list, an e-mail bulletin board for announcements related to Arabic studies, jobs, conferences, etc.

Let's Learn Arabic - A mostly audio tutorial on Arabic.
 
 

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CHINESE

For those who are interested, childbook.com has a page about Chinese schools in USA, including a copy of a 1997 government report on them, and some useful links.

If you are intrigued by PINYIN CHINESE SCRIPT

Owen found the following:
http://www.timesone.com/IPOS/browse.asp?edumall=0&pcurr=USD

http://www.timesmm.com.sg/timeseol/default.htm

http://www.asiapacbooks.com/bookstore/bookslist.asp?categoryid=2%2EBook
 

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DUTCH

One of our list members bought the CD Rom below for 15 Dutch Guilders at Bart Smit Toy Shop  shop in The Netherlands and recommends it highly for different languages as well.

"Locokid"
Fun & Educational CD-Rom Adventure
Age 3-8

Integral Dutch Course - Twelve online chapters teaching the basics of the Dutch language, from pronunciation to nouns and verbs. Includes exercises.

Learn Dutch - Extensive collection of beginning Dutch lessons for English speakers. Audio, grammar, vocabulary, and pictures help teach you the basics of Dutch. Plus links to other Dutch resources on the Web. By Chris Sonnemans.

Learn Dutch via the Internet - Beginning Dutch lessons for English speakers. Includes spelling and pronunciation in addition to some grammar lessons. Author unknown.

"Tweetalig" - A Mailinglist about bilingualism/multilingualism in Dutch.
Petra started this list.  To subscribe to the list: send a message to tweetalig-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
More information at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tweetalig

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ESPERANTO

http://www.esperanto.net/veb/faq.html

http://garlic.aitec.edu.au/~bwechner/Documents/Esperanto/grammar.html

http://calnet28-100.gtecablemodem.com/esperanto/course/

http://www.esperanto.org/gerda/

Literature in Esperanto:

We are told there is a lot of info on the language here:

Here you will find children's rhymes in Esperanto
(translated and original)  though no Christmas songs, though.

Esperantists in the USA, check out ELNA at 1-800-ESPERANTO
or www.esperanto-usa.org where you'll find a number of web resources

Interested in a Free Esperanto Course (this is the one Thomas Alexander helps tutor.)

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FRENCH

The following site has been recommended for French Resources

If you're interested in joining any other lists conducted in French (and
you have time to read messages after reading all the ones generated on our very
active list), apparently there is a huge site with links to tons of lists that you might want
to check out.  Here's the url.

Alicia started another list called "Famille Bilingue".The purpose of this bilingual list is the exchange of information and ideas between Francophone and Anglophone countries who wish to fill in their gaps in a non-native language (either French or English) spoken at home.

A member reminded us: "There is a French list founded by a member of this list, Beatrix, who raises her son in German and French, and it can be reached via Asterix@onelist.com.  We are told it has over 100 members but is not very active - which, of course, depends on the participants.  We assume anyone interested would be very welcome.

For those of you who remember the "andek" question...  If you go to this web site (French) , you'll see that "andek" is indeed an arabic word meaning "attention"
We suspect you could find out a whole lot more there too... EDs.  :-)

The French newspaper Le Monde apparently recently featured an article about the languages of the world, concluding that, with some 5,000 languages for some 200 states
(i.e. an average of 25 languages per state) plurilinguism is indeed the
rule and monolinguism the exception. Very much like on this list ;-). For
the URL, follow the Yellow Brick Road

Here are a couple of sites that Alicia tells us sell French cd-rom's:
Site 01
Site 02

Marina recommends a small article in French dated 24/01/94 (a bit old!) but with some very interesting information for francophones.  It was apparently from "Femme Actuelle"

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GERMAN

GERMAN

There's a German-language Email list like Biling called IDAKinder which could be of help to parents raising children with German as the minority language (also to practise your German). Check out www.imausland.org, the Homepage of IDA - Interessengemeinschaft Deutschsprachiger im Ausland if you'd like to know more. This site is also for dialect speakers (Swiss German, Austrian dialects, etc.) and they have a list of recommended children's books, games, etc. to help children develop German language skills.

A member of both Biling and IDA tells us they are in the process of trying out a free program that matchesItalian and German speakers to improve their respective language skills via email exchange.  You can find information at
http://digilander.iol.it/ideapadova/

Now another German Family Group which comes LMR (list member recommended):
Interessengemeinschaft mehrsprachiger Familien e.V. (Interest Group for Multilingual Families in Germany) and...
ImF-Familienkontakt-Forum:
ImF helps ALL multilingual families in Germany with their minority languages.  They publish a quarterly newsletter Polyglot(t) in both English and German, and a member directory.

IDA and ImF are working together in helping returning families keep up the respective minority language of their host countries.

For building German baby-related vocabulary, Hanne of Biling and IDA recommends the online-version of the German parenting magazine "Eltern", www.eltern.de, or even subscribing to the magazine itself (she insists that
even a single issue would be worth having).

Another German language magazine which is very useful for vocabulary-building as it deals with all areas of child rearing, and also includes a section with games for children, is "Spielen and Lernen" published by Velber Verlag www.velber.de.

Bedtime Stories in German:
Try this address for a bedtime story in German
www.ravensburger.de/buchverlag/gutenacht.asp.

And also a site that Susanne hadn't checked out in detail, but they seem to have a number
of German bedtime stories

Hundreds of German folksongs at www.ingeb.org/Volksonh.html

This is the official link to the German government-sponsored schools
overseas www.auslandsschulwesen.de

GERMAN SCHOOLS IN SWEDEN
There is a German school in Stockholm which has probably got a kindergarten as well (or at least they can give you information).
There is also an International School, in Nacka just outside Stockholm

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HEBREW

By the way, if anybody would like to subscribe to the Bilingual Hebrew group,
just send a blank message here

You can also find out about many moderated e-mail discussion groups on Jewish and Hebrew
topics by sending a blank message here

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JAPANESE

For anyone interested in what Japanese Alternative "kanji" Characters look and sound like...
THIS SITE  shows a table.
 

JALT - The Japanese Association for Lanuage Teaching

Check out their web-site with lots of links to bilingualism in Japan
http://www.kagawa-jc.ac.jp/~steve_mc/jaltbsig/index.html

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LATIN

Here's the URL for Finnish Broadcasting Latin Service.
And another site where you can apparently listen to spoken Latin
More Latin Resources courtesy of Eva Easton

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RUSSIAN

Russian Resources?  Here is an address

Since there now seem to be more Russian speakers on this list now, here is an updated list of information the "closet Russians" ;-) have been exchanging in private messages:

"Balamut"

"Devichnik"

"Solnishko na pamyatj"

"Detki i predki" (Children & Ancestors)

Russian language comics

Domashniy Ochag (Fire Place), look at kids section
 
 

There is a Russian bookstore in Palo Alto (California, USA). Russian books on tapes can be ordered by phone at 415-327-5590.

WMNB - Russian Radio & TV in New York ph. 1-800-7222080.  They say it is possible to get any recording of WMNB radio literature program. Unfortunately, they do not have a catalogue.

Russian State Archives for Sound Recordings 107005 Russia,
Moscow, 2nd Baumanskaja 3 Director: Vladimir A. Koljada, fax
007095 267 1389
The collection contains all kinds of sound recordings amounting to 4.5 million items in total".

Russian language search engines:

Aport!

Rambler

Yandex

Nataliya must have been very busy surfing at the beginning of this new Century since she sent  the list all of the Info we reproduce below:

Reference books in Russian:

http://www.kamkin.com is a book supplier.  You can also subscribe to Russian magazines through the company.  They will also look for books for you if they don't have them in stock. The service ias good and prompt and they have largest choice.

http://www.bookswithoutborders.com carries books, videos and audiotapes in Russian (it's worth mentioning here that it does have Russian stuff, because a lot of Russians may think that if it's an American company, they won't have anything Russian.  The service is good.  The best selection in quality.

http://www.dk.com   While they don't have any Russian products on-line, one can send an e-mail inquiry to DK.  I found out they have a decent choice of children's reference books in Russian.  Unfortunately, they are on the expensive side, plus they ship from the UK which adds to their cost more for those outside Europe.  But they are of excellent quality and can be duplicated with an English equivalent for a bilingual touch.  There's also a DK Moscow office, that owns the rights to a lot of DK Russian publications.   Here's the Russian DK office info:

Slovo Publishing House, 109147, Moscow, Vorontsovskaja Str 41.
Tel 007 095 911 6871
Fax 007 095 911 6133
Email slovo-pub@mtu-net.ru
 

Russian Books:

Russian Books on Tape

Another Bookshop with Russian Books

http://www.lib.ru

http://www.books.ru/

http://www.st-p.com

http://www.nnbi.com

http://www.rbcmp3.com

http://www.kniga.com

http://www.bolero.ru

http://www.kamkin.com

http://www.russianshopping.com/

http://www.o3.ru/catalog.cfm

http://www.sputnik2000.com/

http://www.arcadia.ru
 

Children's Literature On-Line

Children's Songs & Fairy Tales

http://www.dedushka.myokay.net/

http://www.chg.ru/Fairy/index.html

http://www.cofe.ru/read-ka/

http://business.fortunecity.com/geffen/407/home.htm

http://www.mtu-net.ru/murzilka/index.htm

http://www.parkline.ru/Library/koi/KOZLOW/ezhik.txt

http://www.comics.ru/skaz/

http://www.chat.ru/~serg_2000/

Nataliya also stumbled upon 12 Russian cartoons dubbed into (unfortunately only) English.  She reckons our kids will enjoy them and says they have a somewhat multicultural flair.  Some of them are apparently based on Russian fairy tales, some on stories by Anderson (Danish), Hoffman (German), Czech/Slovak fairy tale, Perrault (French).  One cartoon ("The Nutcracker", E. A. Hoffman) doesn't have any words, only music from the ballet (P. Tchaikovsky).  You can look them up here
Subscriptions for Russian Periodicals:

http://www.rosp.ru/

http://www.podpiska.com

"www.baby.ru" is a web magazine for parents on all kinds of issues, from pregnancy to early children development and education, with a lot of real stories from many parents Angelika told us.

"Zhenshchina Pljus" (Women Plus) Magazine (Russian)
 
 

Parenting Club:

http://www.glasnet.ru/dk/parents/start.htm
 

Larissa informed us of the following:

Here is a VERY good page with all kinds of Russian and former Soviet Union Republics links. There are resourses not only in Russian but in English also. There are some addresses for good bookstores, personal pages, news pages, tourist info. All kinds of stuff.

Mailing list:

Natalya started a Russian mailinglist for
Russian women living abroad. You can find it at
http://www.egroups.com/group/MadameRusse   .
 
 

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SIGN LANGUAGE

Read all about it here

A Basic Dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL) - Small ASL dictionary (written directions for doing signs, not pictures).

A Basic Dictionary of ASL Terms - Small dictionary of ASL (sign language) with letters, numbers, and words. Requires Quicktime plugin to view animated hand signs.

Sign Language Resources at Yahoo
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SPANISH

News:
http://www.cnnenespanol.com

http://www.elherald.com/

http://www.endi.com

http://www.efe.es/

Search Engines:
http://www.quepasa.com

http://espanol.yahoo.com/

http://www.wepa.com

http://www.hispavista.com/

Internet radio:
http://dialspace.dial.pipex.com/town/place/abn39/ra19.htm

Check out this link it has a lot of other links to literary magazines in Spanish.

More Spanish Resources:
http://spanish.about.com/education/languages/spanish/blguia.htm

http://lanic.utexas.edu

Poem of the day delivered to you (in Spanish).

Spanish books for children...and their  parents

A much recommended Bilingual Book appears to be:
Pepita Talks Twice/Pepita Habla Dos Veces
by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman, Alex Pardo Delange (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8  Hardcover - 32 pages (October 1995)
Arte Publico Pr; ISBN: 1558850775

It can be bought - we are told - via Amazon.com.

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SWEDISH

Swedish lessons online

A Swedish Language Course - Beginning (and hopefully growing) free Swedish language lessons by Aaron Rubin. Currently 4 lessons plus pronunciation guide and links to other Swedish resources.

Björn Engdahl's Swedish Course - A seven-lesson (plus final exam) beginning Swedish course. Vocabulary includes pronunciation and audio. Very thorough lessons include both vocabulary and grammar

Introduction to Swedish - Introductory Swedish lessons by Urban Sikeborg. Lessons available online or downloadable. Site also includes a Swedish/English dictionary.

Dictionaries Directory - from SUNET, the Index of Swedish WWW Pages. Links to Swedish dictionary resources.

Lexin Swedish-English Dictionary - At the Swedish School Computer Network

Forskningscentralen för de inhemska språken. Svenska avdelningens hemsida - Resources for Swedish language and linguistics (in Swedish).

Språkbanken - the Language Bank of Swedish - Online, machine-readable texts and information for Swedish linguistics.

Swedish Resource Pages? here's a List Member Recommended URL

Swedish Newspaper "Dagens Nyheter"

Interested in a Swedish School (at a distance)?  You need Sofiaskolan  in Stockholm. Una tells us the school serves the Swedish community abroad, but there are about 70 students in Sweden who for one reason or another choose to have their children at home

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