|Web-based listening exercises
Audio, video and text resources
Metasites and lists of links, News and news podcasts,
TV, video, comedy, Movies, Science, Culture and history,
Selected radio stations, Interviews and talk radio,
Books and stories, Radio drama, Cooking videos,
Internet radio and TV portal sites
Speeches and scripts
Newspapers and magazines
Language exchanges, penpals and e-mail discussion lists
Words of the Day
Pronunciation and grammar
Free online comics
The Dozens: Yo Momma jokes
Tongue twisters and palindromes
Mondegreens: Misheard lyrics
Favorite freeware and online services
Basic utitlities and services, Internet ad-zappers, Graphics,
Audio/video, Music, rhythm, timers, converters, math,
Editors and word processors,
Dictionary, thesaurus, rhymes, language identifiers,
Messaging, Internet phone, voice e-mail,
Text-to-speech (TTS) and vocoder, Phonetics: IPA,
Phonetics: Speech analysis tools, Games,
Software, shareware and freeware sources
Web-based listening exercises
Try some of these Web-based exercises used as English listening assignments at Taiwan University.
BBC News: Interview with Ray Charles
BBC News: Update on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (video)
BBC: Vatican 'may relax condoms rule'
BBC News: Atrocities uncovered in Darfur (video)
BBC News: Pinter and Wesker on the US-Iraq situation
BBC News: Best friend donates kidney
BBC News: Elephants learn by sound mimicry
BBC News: Liberia's 'Iron Lady' claims win
BBC News: Tsvangirai leaves hospital
BBC: Low-caste Hindus hold mass conversions
BBC News: UN debut for $100 laptop for poor
BBC: British man attempts to walk around the world
BBC video: Fire winds ease over California
BBC: Musharraf imposes emergency rule
Historychannel.com: Statement by Richard Jewell
Hollywood.com: Michelle Pfeiffer on "I am Sam"(designed by Sharon Chang)
National Public Radio: Day to Day: Five Years After Columbine (designed by Alice Chou)
National Public Radio: Gunman Planned Long Siege at Amish School
National Public Radio: 'Green Book' Helped African-Americans Travel Safely
National Public Radio: Yushchenko Was Poisoned, Austrian Doctors Say
National Public Radio: Bush Attends V-E Day Ceremonies in Moscow
National Public Radio: A Teen-Aged Marine Falls in Iraq
National Public Radio: Orang Metropolis Uncovered
National Public Radio: When Walking Fails
National Public Radio: Spelling Bee
National Public Radio: High School's 'Quiet Kids'
National Public Radio Morning Edition: Recycling Computers
National Public Radio: Taiwan Aims to be 'Zero Waste' Society by 2020
National Public Radio: A Nation in Debt
National Public Radio: Whistling to Communicate in Alaska
National Public Radio: A Chat with 'Weird Al' Yankovic
National Public Radio: More 'PostSecrets' Revealed, in Book Form
National Public Radio: 'Dear Elders' Dispense Advice Online
National Public Radio: Interview with Deborah Tannen on her book
You're Wearing That?
National Public Radio: Abigail Washburn: Chinese Lyrics, American Roots
National Public Radio: Two Marathons a Day in the Sahara
National Public Radio Music: France Says Vive Edith Piaf, One More Time
National Public Radio: Stop reading and start writing
NPR/Youth Radio: Struggling to Overcome Anorexia
NPR: Driveway Moments: India Adds Spice to Globalization
NPR: Driveway Moments: Election Ad Voiceovers
NPR: A Blind Date That Turned Into 60 Years
American Public Media: Marketplace Money
"Day in the Work Life": Interview with Leslie Slifkin, hairstylist
American Public Media: Marketplace Money
"Day in the Work Life": Interview with Michael Roman, lawyer
American Public Media: RadioWorks
Audio Diary of Korean Adoptee Jane Trenka
American Public Media: Future Tense
Guy Kawasaki on how to write better electronic mail
Minnesota Public Radio: Rachel's School Diary
Minnesota Public Radio: Coach Said Not To
Minnesota Public Radio: Indian Radio
Minnesota Public Radio: Inspiring boys to read
Minnesota Public Radio: Life after
Minnesota Public Radio: Garbage glaciers
Minnesota Public Radio: Black manes rule among lions in the Serengeti
Minnesota Public Radio: Weight loss surgery: the last resort?
Minnesota Public Radio: Neighborhood friction is a sign of the times
Minnesota Public Radio: Shakespeare Songs
Minnesota Public Radio: St. Paul drop-in center celebrates 20 years
Wisconsin Public Radio: Mom & Dad Growing Old: "Stuff"
Chicago Public Radio: Embroidery Felon
Chicago Public Radio: This American Life: Tell It to the Void (I) (II)
Chicago Public Radio: This American Life: Testosterone
Chicago Public Radio: This American Life 286: Mind Games Click on "Full Episode" and listen from the beginning to the 12:03 minute point. Prepare to summarize the story in class.
Chicago Public Radio: This American Life 374: Somewhere Out There Act One: "It¡¦s Not Over Til the Fat Man Sings" Click on "Full Episode" and listen from the beginning to the 9:30 to the 28:39 minute point. Prepare to summarize the story in class.
KPCC: Interview with voice-over cleanup actor Mark Sussman
Voice of America Webcast: Foreign language teaching in the U.S. and Yao Ming
CBS video report: The Early Show: Reporter's Cancer Video Diary (video)
CBS News Video: Bagpipe Student Drowns Out Critics
"ABC News Shuffle" podcast: Daily realities of Iraq
ABC News Good Morning America podcast: Maligned customers suing Walgreens
ABC News: Santa Barbara's Mobile Homeless
NBC Nightly News: Bush Fake News Blitz (video)
CNN International: Captain Underpants Ban
CNN: Larry King Live: Positive Thinking, Part I II
Fox News: Excerpt from Senator John McCain's Concession Speech
Fox News podcast: A Few Moments with Jewel
CBC: Autism ¡V The Long Wait
CBC: Quirks and Quarks with Bob McDonald: Seeing with Sound
Technologies for the Blind (videos)
ABC NSW: Cockroaches ¡V friend or foe?
ABC: How To Find a Husband after Thirty-five
New York Times: Life After Rehab
New York Times: From Ladles of Molten Metal
New York Times Opinion: Acid Attacks
New York Times video: Vows: Andrew and David
New York Times video: Women at Arms
New York Times video: When No One's Looking, Part 2
The New York Times: Arts: A Conversation With Andre Agassi
TED Talks: Doris Kearns Goodwin: Learning from past presidents in moments of crisis
YouTube video: Joined for Life: Abby and Brittany Turn 16
YouTube: 20/20: The Woman Who Could Not Forget
Profiles with Tara: Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (I) (II)
Profiles with Tara: Elder rage: (I) (II)
Profiles with Tara: Abusive men:
The Infinite Mind: Cheating
National Geographic Presents: Europe's Fascination with Native Americans
NationalGeographic.com: City of the Dead: Holt Cemetery, New Orleans
Mayo Clinic (I): Work on wheels with
Thomas Holtackers (video)
Mayo Clinic (II): Capsule Endoscopy and All About an Allergy Test (video)
Moment of Science
II III IV V
Scientific American's 60-Second Science podcasts
New Scientist.com podcast: Anonymous sperm donors exposed
The Voices of Innovation: Artificial hand and Zipper
Seasonal Strategies with Robert Brodman, PhD
Mars Exploration Rover Mission: First Person - Ayanna Howard (video)
Oprah Winfrey's After the Show: Incredible Stories of Survival, Part Two (video)
Oprah Winfrey: Randy Pausch reprises his "Last Lecture"
VideoJug: Life Explained on Film: How To Write A CV
VideoJug: How to Remember People's Names
Steve Chandler: 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever
Cosmopolitan's Ask Him Anything Podcasts
The Larry Elder Show: Interview with Vili Fualaau
PBS Kids: It's My Life (videos)
ChannelOne.com: Living with alcoholism (video)
ChannelOne.com: French riots (video)
The Joy of Baking: Making Scones (video)
Taunton Press: Make a 10-inch Berry Tart (video)
The New York Times: Dips and spreads: Baba Ghanouj (video)
The New York Times: Beet Salad With Garlic-Walnut Sauce
The New York Times: Seafood Salad (video)
The New York Times: Not Your Grandmother's Pancake: Pa jun (video)
The New York Times: West African Peanut Soup
Epicurious: Rolled omelet (video)
Cooking.com cooking video: How to make basic stuffing (video)
Startcooking.com: Mixed Bean and Vegetable Soup
Gunsmoke: Indian Baby (I) (II)
Gunsmoke: Kitty (I) (II)
Gunsmoke: The Liar from Blackhawk (I) (II)
Gunsmoke: Marryin' Bertha (I) (II)
Gunsmoke: Home Surgery (I) (II)
Dragnet: The Big Escape (I) (II)
The Nine Billion Names of God I II
radio drama based on the 1967 science fiction story by Arthur C. Clarke
(tape available in AV library)
I Love Lucy: Breaking the Lease
Monologue by Ellen DeGeneres (videos)
Louis CK (Szekely): Everything's amazing, nobody's happy
YouTube: English Problems
College Humor: Awkward Rap
Satirical song on YouTube: "Jerry Falwell's God" by Roy Zimmerman (I) (II)
YouTube: Tom Lehrer: National Brotherhood Week/When You Are Old and Gray
Country-pop song: "Black Cadillac" by Rosanne Cash
Country-Western-Rap song: I Wanna Talk About Me
Popular song: "Desperado" by the Eagles
Popular Song: "Laurie" by Dickey Lee
Popular song: "The Angel" by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Popular Song: "Insensitive" by Jann Arden
Popular song: "Between" by Vienna Teng
Popular song: "Putting Things Away" by Amanda McBroom
Popular song: "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens
Popular song: "W*O*L*D" by Harry Chapin
Popular song: "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie
Popular song: It's a Mad World
AL-TV: Weird Al vs. Eminem
YouTube: Neo Futurists: Dialogue play from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
Movie: Cloze exercise: When Harry Met Sally I II
Movie: Corrected transcriptions: Kramer vs. Kramer
Movie: Corrected transcriptions: You've Got Mail (.doc)
Audio, video and text resources
Metasites and lists of links
Discover New Sites
Channel surf the internet with the StumbleUpon toolbar
to find great websites, videos, photos and more based
on your interests. StumbleUpon learns what you like
and makes better recommendations.
MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
Incredible collections of links to all sorts of learning resources in the arts, business, education, the humanities, mathematics, science and technology, and the social sciences
TVEyes Video Search lets you search the Internet for TV clips
Singingfish offers audio/video search services
that help people easily find mp3s, movie trailers, sports highlights,
newscasts, and other streaming files
Yahoo! Video Search
Audio, Video & Multimedia Resources on the Web: Finding Aids
World English: English Language Activities, Exercises and Tests
E. L. Easton: Materials for Teaching and Learning
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
ESL: Listening A sub-page of The Internet TESL Journal's TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ESL/EFL/ESOL Links
Resources for English as a Second Language
Listening - Sites for Comprehension: Guide picks
Internet English Resources
Using English for Academic Purposes
School of Combined Studies, University of Hertfordshire
Listening comprehension & note-taking: Exercises
News and News podcasts
BBC World Today Select podcast
EuroNews with videos
New York Times Podcasts
Book review podcast archive
Video on New York Times: Movie Minutes, David Pogue,
Business, Science, Dining & Wine, Arts, more
Los Angeles Times Podcasts
Washington Post Podcasts
Time magazine Podcasts
The Economist Podcast
CNN Student News
Cosmopolitan Ask-me-anything podcast
TV, video, comedy
Oprah. com: The official Web site
After the Show
Oxygen Homepage TV clips
VideoJug: Life Explained on Film
The Larry Elder Show Archives
G4TV.com (with video highlights)
TVLand: Video gallery Celebrity interviews
Comedy Central Video clips
Jon Stewart's Daily Show Archives
CBS: The Late Show with David Letterman Audio clips
the ellen degeneres show Daily monologue, video clips
The Jack Paar Collection: Sample videos
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)
PBS Online NewsHour Videos
PBS: Tavis Smiley: Archives: Interviews
PBS Kids: It's My Life Videos (Embarrassing Moments, Gossip & Rumors, Time Management...)
Channel One: K-12 programming: Lots of links
Online Court TV
C-Span streaming video: Political reporting, Book TV, many links to other C-span services
Bloomberg Television: Finance
P.O.V. Online Short Film Festival: Archive
Google video search (beta)
ESL exercises for movie trailers
Warner Brothers Movie trailers
Apple: Fox Searchlight QuickTime movie trailers
Apple movie trailers
Hollywood.com Movie trailers, reviews, more
Delta Campus Moviefest Student-made movies
Independent Lens: The first annual Online Shorts Festival
How "Star Wars" Was Made
Science and academics
Nationalgeographic.com: Pulse of the Planet
Feature stories on culture and nature from around the world
in audio and video (RealOne/WinMedia)
National Geographic Presents
Inside 9/11: Video interview archive
PBS: Nature: Video archives
PBS: Wired Science
NOVA: Science Now
Free Science and Video Lectures Online!
The Science Café
The University of California at San Francisco
Cornell University: CyberTower: Study Rooms
MIT podcast: Zigzag
Open Culture: University Podcast Collection
free university lectures
New Scientist Podcast
Science Friday Podcast
Naked Scientists: BBC/Cambridge University Online Science Radio Archive
Now with podcasts
BBC: Click Online
The BBC's flagship technology lifestyle show
The Infinite Mind: A deeper look at cheating, domestic
violence, mental health, much more
A Moment of Science: Audio
Everyday Science Radio Series: See audio archives
The Engines of Our Ingenuity: Audio with text; written and hosted by John Lienhard
NPR: Sounds Like Science: Archives
NPR: Talk of the Nation: Science Friday with Ira Flatow
Science Interchange/National Audobon Society: Birds, evolution and farming (90 seconds each)
Berkeley Grogs: Audio Archives
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mars Exploration Rover Mission Videos
NASA¡¦s Destination Tomorrow: 30-minute videos on NASA research programs; on the Apple site
Arctic Science Journeys (Alaska)
Sports: Oakley Video Vault: See the world through the eyes of Oakley athletes
Culture and history
Technology Entertainment Design
Hosting audio and video talks by some of the world's
most fascinating people: Trusted voices and
convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses
Favorite Poem Project Video collection
Hear and see ordinary people read their favorite poems and tell their life stories
Lectures on: What to listen for in music with Dr. Michael Broyles
Merriam-Webster's Word for the Wise
BBC Four: Documentaries
Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
In these more than 300 lively and unedited interviews, distinguished men and women
from all over the world talk about their lives and their work.Guests include
diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists
and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists.
WHST- Spoken History (registration required)
Talking History: Aural History Productions
Community Language Collection: Oral History recordings
The Library of Congress Recorded Sound Reference Center
American Memory Collections sound recordings
"The Negro and
the American Promise" Video interviews
Tejano Voices Interviewees
Lakota Winter Counts
Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies Video excerpts
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
The Open Video Project: This site offers nearly 2000 free videos online
"The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities."
Creative Commons: Common content
Images, Movies, Audio, Text, Web sites
AudioTreasure: Download the Bible in mp3 for free
Links to Bible audio resources in many languages
Buddha Net Audio Meditation instruction
Selected radio stations for English listening practice
National Public Radio: All Things Considered, Morning Edition
National Public Radio: StoryCorps: Recording America
Since 2003, thousands have taken part in the StoryCorps oral history project, describing their lives and history.
The BBC World Service
BBC: Learning English
Voice of America Webcasts
VOA's Radio Free Asia
VOA's New American Voices: Immigrants tell VOA their stories
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)
MPR: Real Stories
MPR: StoryCorps: In downtown Minneapolis, people are
stepping into a 26-foot trailer to tell each other about their lives.
MPR: Human interest stories
American Public Media: Marketplace Money: A Day in the Work Life: Short interviews
American Public Media: American RadioWorks
WPKN News and Public Affairs Programming
FAIR: CounterSpin The News Behind the Headlines
World Radio Network (WRN): OnDemand Audio
Radio Canada International
Radio One Ireland
Wales Radio International
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Radio New Zealand International
Sunset Radio South Africa
Latin lives! Hear it on the radio from Finland:
Radio and other audio interviews, features, talk radio
BBC full index
BBC Four: Audio interviews
BBC Four: Women's Hour Great interviews
Listen Again Link to archives of previous week at bottom of each page
BBC: The Sound of Life
BBC Video Nation Archive: Ordinary Brits talk on all kinds of topics
The Voices recordings
Listen in to the diverse voices of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man ¡V from Shetland to Penzance
Collect Britain: English accents and dialects
Radio RTÉ, Ireland Archives
Talk to Tara: Audio interviews with authors of good books
Washington Post: Audio and video archive
The New York Times: Audio,
video, slide shows
PublicRadioFan.com: Public radio listings from around the world
Public Radio International: Listener's Center
Public radio: Music and nature: Interviews; other links
Radio Fresh Air: Interviews
WBUR in Boston: Good interviews
Wisconsin Public Radio
Chicago Public Radio
Chicago Public Radio: This American Life
Chicago Public Radio: Third Coast International Audio Festival
WFPL 89.3 Louisville, Kentucky
State of Affairs: Audio archive
Focal Point: An independently produced talk radio program on WEBR Fairfax, Virginia; great interviews
WHYY 91FM: Been There/Done That
Interviews with Marty Goldensohn (Philadelphia and Wilmington)
CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
Richardson's Roundup with Bill Richardson
ABC Broadband (Australia)
The WGN Radio Online Audio Archives, Chicago
Talk show archives
i.e. America Radio: Liberal Talk Radio (registration required)
Democracy Now! Audio archives
Naropa Audio Archives
Other Minds: Composers, music, musicians Audio archives
Conference Proceedings Audio archives
Voice of America: Wordmaster
Text and audio reports on language-related topics
NHK (Japan) Online
A Musician's Life
Learn about musicians' lives first-hand
Books and stories
Audio Book Podcast Collection
Serializations of bestselling books, from Jane Austen
to Nick Hornby, read by the greatest actors
WRBH Reading Radio, New Orleans: Originally intended for the visually impaired, but great for everybody
New York Times: Author Interviews and Readings
Book Radio: Interviews and readings
BBC afternoon story
Audio Books for Free
Some free downloads
Free Classic Audio Books
Digital Narration for the 21st Century
LibriVox: free audiobooks
"Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain"
Audio and MP3 library with over two hundred thousand
free digital recordings ranging from alternative news
programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio
shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music
uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s
are available for free download.
Incredible multilingual library of literary texts, some with audio
Logos Multilingual Children's Library
Storyteller.net: Audio children's stories
USA Audio Books
Project Gutenberg audio books
The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine
Vorleser.net: Literatur hören
German audio books
Old-time radio drama and misc. radio
Audio, News, and Info Directory: OldtimeRadioTheater
Live and On-Demand Old Time Radio Shows
Free Old time Radio Shows
A free resource for Old Time Radio (OTR)
The Mercury Theatre on the Air
CBS Radio Mystery Theater Stream or download as MP3s
all 1,399 episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater for free!
Old Time Radio Web Ring: Huge listing of online radio sites
The Radio Trip Audio comedy clips; links to other features
Cooking. com: Cooking videos
Epicurious: Cooking technique videos (Click on Learn > Technique Videos)
OptimumOnline Cooking videos
FoodNetwork.com: Cooking technique videos
Fine Cooking Online: Cooking videos
PBS Julia Child: Lessons with Master Chefs: Cooking videos
Kylie Kwong: Cooking with Heart and Soul (Australian)
joyofbaking.com: Online Baking School
The Los Angeles Times: Quick Fix meal videos
Prepare a delicious meal in just 30 minutes
The Washington Post: Food 101
Choose a video from the pull-down menu
The New York Times: Cooking
with the Times archive
Choose an article and link to accompanying videos
Thought-provoking excerpts from outstanding books
awesomestories.com: Texts on Flicks, Famous Trials, History, Biography, Religion, Inspiration, Disasters, LawBuzz
English-Zone.Com: Graded ESL texts
Aesop's Fables: Online Collection - Selected Fables
Folk Stories of Taiwan
Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors
Zen Stories in Chinese
Find Articles: Huge collection of articles from many different sources, with search engine
ProPlay: Stage plays on the Web
Note that the plays cannot be copied, printed out, or staged without permission.
The Dramatic Exchange: Lots of downloadable plays
Permission required to stage the plays.
Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online
Index of one-act plays for four or fewer actors
"A symposium of jocular monologues & whimsical poetry"
The Movie Spoiler: The Most Fun You Can Have at the Movies Without Being There
Post your creative writing to the New York Times site
National Geographic XPeditions
Thousands of teaching ideas, tools, and interactive adventures
Internet radio and TV portal sites
Tune in to Internet radio and TV stations
around the world; choose 'talk' as a
category (or whatever else you're in the mood for) and launch
a search. You'll need to download and install RealOne from
http://www.real.com/ or other player, if you don't already have
Comfm: 1000% Web Radios (large selection)
Multilingual Television Broadcasts (also:
International Radio and Newspapers)
fjufirefox: Internet TV
JournalismNet: Find radio stations by country
Live 365.com Internet radio stations (some free, some for pay)
WarpRadio: Radio station portal site; large selection
StreamAudio.com: Large choice of US talk radio stations
(other programming available too)
Radio Tower.com: The Internet Radio Receiver
TV4all: Internet TV portal site
Mediahopper online TV
Talk2k.com: Internet Talk Radio
PublicRadioFan.com: Public radio listings from around the world
Speeches and scripts
Preparing for a speech contest? There are lots
and lots of online collections of famous (and not so famous)
speeches, often with audio files, that you can
practice with. Use the 'pause' button on the media player to
stop the speech after each short phrase, and imitate the
speaker as closely as you can. This will help both your
pronunciation and rhythm, not to mention things like structure
and vocabulary. There are also online sources of play and
movie scripts, and audio clips from movies, all of which are
great for oral practice.
First, some hints on how to prepare for a speech:
MayoClinic.com: How can I overcome my fear of public speaking?
Online Speech Bank
In addition to transcripts and audio files of great speeches, this site also offers 200+ brief audio (mp3) clips illustrating 38 different figures of speech. Most of these figures were constructed, identified, and classified by Greek and Roman teachers of rhetoric in the Classical period. For each rhetorical device, definitions and examples, written and audio, are provided. Audio examples are taken from public speeches and sermons, movies, songs, lectures, oral interpretations of literature, and other media events.
University's Nonfiction Universe: Speeches
HistoryChannel.com: Speech Archives
Hear the Words that Changed the World
Online Audio and Video Recordings: UC Berkeley Lectures and Events
Presidential Recordings Archive
Gifts of Speech: A site dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by influential contemporary women from around the world
Theatrehistory.com's Script Archive: includes full-length plays, one-act plays, 10-minute
plays, and monologues
Drew's Script-O-Rama: Film and TV scripts
Funwavs.com: Movie Quotes, Movie Sounds and Wavs
Recordings of lines from movies for speech and acting practice
Find any song you're looking for
Deezer: Music on demand without download
The first free music on demand website
Come and discover more than 150,000 tracks
Music search engine and Internet jukebox
Songza lets you listen to any song or band.
Individually-tailored music streamed to your pc
(no longer available outside the US, but try the podcasts ¡V they're great!)
Live Music Archive
Classical Lost and Found (CLOFO)
Forgotten music by great composers
and great music by forgotten composers
Classical music that for whatever reason isn't often heard, but deserves to be.
Download.com: Free music downloads
GemRecords.com: Links to MP3 downloads, homepages
in all musical genres; lots of world music
MPERIA: "Your home for independent music"
The Classical Music Archives (free registration required)
Radio B.A.C.H 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Musica Viva: Free sheet music downloads and more
Sheet Music Online.net
Sheet music downloads, MIDI
Ricci Adams' Musictheory.net
WNYC New York Public Radio: New Sounds Archive
All kinds of new CDs
MPR: St. Paul Sunday with Bill McGlaughlin
Interesting, distinctive music
MPR: Minnesota Orchestra with Brian Newhouse
MPR: Harmonia with Angela Mariani
MPR: Pipedreams with Michael Barone
Organs and organ music
MPR: Open Air with Bill Morelock
Longer works for orchestra and chorus, with introductions
MPR: New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher
MPR: The Opera with Bill Morelock
Gallery of Odd Music
Guster on Ice
Melissa Auf der Maur
Tim McGraw: Live Like You Were Dying
Bebo & Cigala: Lágrimas Negras
Adem: Ringing in my Ear
Music in Australia
Atlas of Plucked Instruments
Songtitle.Info: Music from TV Commercials
FindSounds: Search the Web for Sounds
New York City siren sounds
Animal Recordings from the Macaulay Library, Cornell
Formerly Library of Natural Sounds
UbuWeb: Visual, Concrete + Sound Poetry
Free MP3 files of unusual vocalizations from around the world
Newspapers and magazines
Read the New York Times online:
You will need to register, but it's free! Sign up for a free daily e-mail digest of news headlines at the site; all you'll have to do is click on the e-mail links to read the stories you're interested in.
The New Yorker magazine
Other good newspapers to try:
The Washington Post (US)
The Los Angeles Times (US)
Guardian Unlimited (UK)
The Telegraph (UK)
The Daily News (NY, US)
The Daily Mirror (UK)
Many other newspapers are accessible via:
Lots of links to
newspapers; link names in Chinese:
If you don't know where to start, try the 'Top Ten'.
More newspapers here:
Links to Chinese and other newspapers here:
newspapers and magazines from around the world at Metagrid:
Language exchanges, penpals and e-mail discussion lists
The Social Way to Learn a Language: Connect with native speakers
around the world, improve at your own pace with free online lessons,
Learn languages, give and get language help online. Recommended!
Language for Exchange: Find a conversation partner and travel abroad
Your free language exchange community
If you want to: Practice a language. Find a suitable person for a foreign language exchange.
Travel to their home and get to know their country. Learn languages online with a native speaker.
xLingo.com: Free online language exchange network
italki: Language exchange and language learning community: study a language and make friends around the world.
Mylanguageexchange.com: Start a language exchange over the Internet in just about any language here (fee charged): http://www.mylanguageexchange.com
palabea: an international platform for language learning Learn Languages Discover other cultures and share your Knowledge in the palabea community
Myhappyplanet: Learn a language. Make friends. Have fun.
China-West Exchange: Exchange Mandarin, Cantonese and English: http://www.chinawestexchange.com/
Make friends, practice your English, ask questions about English over the BBC message boards:
The Chinese OWL (Online Writing Lab): Provides comprehensive on-line writing services and learning curricula for Chinese speaking authors of English manuscripts.
The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue: Offers online handouts covering writing, research, grammar, and MLA and APA style.
Writing to a penpal is a good way to improve your English (or other languages) and meet some of your social needs ¡V but what's a good way to meet a penpal? Join an e-mail discussion list, based on your own interests! How to find the right list for you? Do a Google search by topic. Try inputting 'e-mail list [subject you are interested in]'.
Here is one resource for e-mail discussion lists:
Here are some practical language learning ideas and links.
Still can't find anyone to talk to in English? Try ELIZA:
Or go ask ALICE:
Words of the Day
below to read:
A Word a Day by Anu Garg
AskOxford.com (English and other European languages)
The Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day (with dates)
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day
Your Dictionary Word of the Day
NCES's Word of the Day
Excite Word of the Day
Bloomsbury Word of the Day
Mywordaday (designed for SAT prep)
FictionAddiction.net Word of the Day (easier)
Bill Buckley's Word of
the Day (short
Feed the hungry as you improve your vocabulary
Travlang's Word of the Day
(in many languages, some with sound files)
of the Day:
Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Das Wort des Tages
Mot du Jour
Native American Word
of the Day
Learn words in Tlingit, Yupik, Jicarilla Apache, Athabascan, Navajo,
Tsimpsean, Potawatomi, Ojibway, Mitchif, Inupiaq, Aleut, and Siberian Yupik
Ojibwe Word for the Day
Hawaiian Word of the
KITV Hawaiian Word of the Day
Stedman's Medical Word of the Day
Today's Indo-European language and root
The Word Spy
Generate a random name
Pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar
EnglishCentral: Automatic online pronunciation correction
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English Pronunciation Tip of the Day (British English, but most tips apply to most varieties of English)
Oxford University Press: Pronunciation (Flash exercises)
BBC Learning English - Pronunciation tips
Eva Easton: Authentic American Pronunciation
American English Pronunciation Practice (requires Flash Player)
Phonetic Flash - practice IPA symbols
Sounds English Discussion Forum: Pronunciation discussion board
Pronunciation Web Resources
Writing the IPA/KK pronunciation symbols in ASCII
Fonetiks.org Online pronunciation guide
(many different varieties of English and other languages)
Voice of America guide to the pronunciation
of foreign names (with audio files)
Thought groups and chunking
International Dialects of English Archive
A repository of primary source recordings
for actors and other artists in the performing arts
from the Department of Theatre and Film, University Of Kansas
English vocabulary list by frequency (.pdf)
The Longman defining vocabulary
Susan C. Anthony's classified English vocabulary lists
Photo dictionary with sound files of classified vocabulary
Online grammar guides (GMU)
Guide to grammar and writing
Internet Grammar of English
The HyperText Book Modern English Grammar,
by Daniel Kies, Department of English, College of DuPage
An Encyclopedia of English Grammar and Word Grammar
by Richard Hudson
Judy Vorfeld's Webgrammar: Editing, Writing, Webmastering & Web Development
Common Errors in English
Learn English grammar through daily e-mail lessons
Guide to Punctuation by Larry Trask
Logos Multilingual Verba Universal Conjugator
The Shadowlands: Ghosts and hauntings Over
6500 "true" ghost stories
The Moonlit Road: Ghost stories from the US South; some audio files
Halloween Ghost Stories
"True" Ghost Stories
Victorian Ghost Stories
Playtime: Phonotactic Games
Wheel of Fortune, Jumble and other word games
Fun-with-words.com, the Wordplay Web Site
A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia
Brian M. Murphy's Big list of clichés and other fun but stupid things to say
Helenisms (mixed metaphors)
Jingle-jangles: Echoic words
Phonosemantics and Linguistic Iconism Web Sites
English word linking game (±µÀs)
APRONYMS: Apt Phrases, Redolent Of Novel Yet
Oxymora: The list (Anarchy rules!)
Cockney rhyming slang
The Eggcorn Database
Common misspellings and misunderstandings
The Party Games Ideas Resource Page
Party Game Central
Bluepineapple.com Party Games
Victorian Parlor Games
Free online comics
Comics are a great way to learn about everyday American culture and how people really speak. And don't forget Dear Abby and Dear Annie!
King Features Syndicate comics
Washington Post comic page
The Calvin and Hobbes Searchable Database
Al's Dilbert Page ¡V a whole career of Dilbert
Pretty good jokes
Pretty good jokes from
MPR's A Prairie Home Companion
New Funny Clean Jokes Every Day
Kim's Chuckle-A-Day Archives by Date
Humor links: clean jokes
The Dozens: Yo Momma jokes
One kind of 'signifying', or African-American ritual insults; also called 'snaps'. Just how fat/stupid/ugly/old/poor/dark/dirty/nasty/lazy can you make someone's mother sound? another intro
Get a real taste of how English speakers have fun with words and sounds! Knock-knock jokes make puns on words with similar sounds or sometimes just a similar rhythm. How many of these do you 'get'? Which ones do you think are funny?
The A-Z of Knock Knock Jokes
Amazing Humor Funny Knock Knock
Aha jokes: Knock-knock jokes
The Maineiac site of jokes and games: Knock-knock jokes
111 Knock Knock Jokes!
The Children's Stomping Ground: Knock-knock jokes
Tongue twisters and palindromes
Good for developing verbal agility and practicing vowel contrasts.
3705 Tongue Twisters: the Largest
Zungenbrecher: German tongue twisters
A huge list of palindromes: Palindromelist.com
Ernie's Favorite Palindromes: Palindromes in many languages (including Chinese)
Spoonerisms involve an unintended exchange of sounds in two or more different words, often with humorous results.
What is a Spoonerism?
Reverend Spooner's Tips of the Slung
Quirkz.com: Complete Spoonerism List (193 spoonerisms)
They've got them in German, too:
Mondegreens: Misheard lyrics
speakers sometimes get it wrong too!
Phantom phrases, a.k.a Mondegreens (LINGUIST)
A Collection of Humorous Mondegreens
World Wide Words: Creative mishearings of lyrics
Mondegreens: A short guide
Center for the Humane Study of Mondegreens
Am I right misheard lyrics
Brain Candy: Mangled lyrics, misunderstood words
Pop song Mondegreens
Bob Dylan Mondegreens
Neil Young Song Mondegreens
Middle-Eastern Music Mondegreens
Limericks are another great form of English humor, and are good for practicing rhythm in speech. Some of them are clean!
The origins of the limerick:
Simple instructions on how to write a limerick:
Collections of limericks:
OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form
We recently topped FORTY-ONE THOUSAND limericks, and more are pouring in every day.
(Note the 'accidental' 13th century limerick in Latin)
First poetry handout Fall 1997 (.doc) Spring 1998 (.doc)
Fall 1998 (.doc) Spring 1999 (.doc) Fall 1999 (.doc) Spring 2000 (.doc)
Fall 2000 (.doc) Spring 2001 (.doc) Fall 2001 Spring 2002
Fall 2002 Spring 2003 Fall 2003 Spring 2004 Fall 2004 Spring 2005 Fall 2005 Spring 2006
Fall 2006 Spring 2007 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Spring 2009
poems by Oral Training II students:
Spring 2002 Spring 2003 Spring 2004 Spring 2005 Spring 2006
Click here for the About Poetry: English Prosody Plus Selected Literary Terms handout.
(Refer to this for definitions of terms like iambic, doggerel, and synaesthesia).
Also see: A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples:
Glossary of Linguistics and Rhetoric:
Here are some poetry sites
Poetry Through the Ages
Map a course through the evolution of poetry
Learn about poetic forms and create your own poetry
Discover more about poetry from ancient to modern times
How to scan a poem:
An analysis of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" for form and content
Questions to Ask of Any Poem
Reading poetry: A checklist of things to consider (pdf)
The above two handouts are from the Writing Center of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia
SearchPoetry.com Poetry Search Engine
Poem of the Week (you can subscribe to this list)
Subscribe to MPR's The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
features a poem a day with link to audio reading
The Internet Poetry Address Book: Addresses and links to over 3000 poems by 20th century authors
¯«¸gø¦ø¦ by Shue-Jen Hwang ¶À¾Ç¤¯: Some English poems in Chinese translation
About Poetry (lots of poetry-related links)
Wired for books: poetry online (audio)
Hear poems read aloud:
eaglesweb.com: Poetry for the ear in the tradition of blind Homer (audio)
Favorite Poem Project: Video collection
Hear and see ordinary people read their favorite poems and tell their life stories
Audio Poetry Archives & Anthologies: Guide picks
The Internet Poetry Archive: Phillip Levine, Seamus Heaney, Czeslaw Milosz, Robert Pinsky, Yusef Komunyakaa, Margaret Walker, Richard Wilbur, with audio
An Audible Anthology: Poems from The Atlantic Monthly read aloud
Book of Voices: An e-poet's new media library of poetry in spoken word, performance, and text
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools
Old Poetry: "We are the premier interactive community exploring the old poets."
Plagiarist.com Poetry Archive
The Literature Network
University of Toronto
The Poetry Archives
Random poem function
Modern American Poetry
Classical Poetry Treasure Chest
Voices From the Gaps: Women Writers of Color
(University of Minnesota)
The Eserver Poetry Collection
The Complete Poems: Emily Dickinson
The Poetry of Emily Dickinson read by Laura Lee Parrotti In RealAudio
The Emily Dickinson random epigram machine
Robert Frost: America's Poet
The Walt Whitman Archive
A Complete Collection of Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
W. B. Yeats: The
Poetry Exhibits: E. E. Cummings
Dylan Thomas: Primary
The Life and Work of Dylan Thomas
Under Milk Wood: with embedded audio, performed by Richard Burton
Sonnets and Canzone of Petrarch (Italian-English bilingual)
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
Poetry of T. S. Eliot
NYT book review: 'Nine Horses': A Plainspoken Poet's Observations of the Ordinary
NYT Audio: Poet Laureate Billy Collins reads selections from "Nine Horses"
Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Complete Poetical Works
Reading of "Shelley" by poet Galway Kinnell: An exploration of art and morality
Shel's Books: Flash presentations of Shel Silverstein poems ¡V very cute!
From the Ends to the Beginning: A bilingual anthology of Russian verse
(side-by-side Russian/English texts; some audio files)
Suicidal vs. non-suicidal poets
Today in literature
(with excellent newsletter you can subscribe to)
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR):
The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
(subscribe to their daily newsletter with link to audio file)
"Delanceyplace" is very simply a brief daily email with an excerpt
or quote we view as interesting or noteworthy. There is no theme,
except that most excerpts will come from a non-fiction work, mainly
works of history, and will hopefully have a more universal relevance
than simply the subject of the book they came from.
The Gutenberg Bible at the Ransom Center
FantasticFiction > Top 250 Authors
William Shakespeare's Plays and Poems in audio and video
The works of the Bard: Shakespeare search engine
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Entry added each day
The Nobel Prize in Literature - Laureates
Page by Page Books:
Lots of works you
can read online
The Online Books Page: Over 20,000 listings
The Internet Public Library
meta-index of academic and scholarly resources
U. S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Christmas carol lyrics and audio files
Favorite freeware and online services
Basic utilities and services
Mozilla Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail
Mozilla browser and e-mail
For web browsing, email, HTML editing, IRC chat, and more; built with your privacy and security in mind; stop popups and junk mail; open multiple Web pages in the same window with tabbed browsing.
TweakNow RegCleaner 2.6.7
This excellent, free utility makes the potentially daunting
prospect of cleaning your PC's registry safe and simple.
The interface is straightforward, and most users will probably
only need the Scan and Remove buttons. In case something
goes wrong after deletion, you can quickly restore the removed
keys. The program also gives you an additional safety cushion
by pointing out keys that are not 100 percent safe to delete.
Just copy/cut whatever you want to the clipboard, click on the
PureText tray icon, and then paste to any application. Better yet,
you can configure a hot-key to convert and paste the text for you.
The pasted text will be pure and free from all formatting.
Readability converts any Web page to a clean, uncluttered format
that is ad-free and easy on the eyes.
FreeRAM is a program that frees up ram manually or automatically.
It shows current memory status, memory load and CPU usage
Freeware for compressing and decompressing files.
Read files in .pdf format.
CutePDF Printer 2.2
CutePDF Printer is PDF creation software that installs itself as a
"printer subsystem.". This enables virtually any Windows
application (must be able to print) to create perfect PDF
documents with just a push of a button.
Extensions is a searchable database with over 3,400 Top Level
and Country domains and file extensions with brief descriptions.
Some of the New Domains mentioned are not yet available at the
time of this release but soon will be.
A fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with
lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.ood
Instantly provides detailed statistical breakdowns of where
visitors to your site come from, when they visited, how they
found you, and more.
Free search engine for your site.
Google Monitor is a free Web promotion software
designed for search engine specialists and webmasters.
Find position of your web site in Google Top for popular
keywords and get more traffic from Google.
Start your own e-mail discussion list, or just join one.
Useful software, shareware, freeware.
Web page control and Internet ad-zappers
Rip (Remove it Permanently) provides the ability
to point at and remove permanently any item you
can select. It provide a flexible and easily configurable
solution to removing unwanted content from a
Ad-aware is a free multi spyware removal utility
that scans your memory, registry and hard drives
for known spyware and scumware components
and lets you remove them safely.
SpyBot-S&D searches your hard drive for
so-called spy- or adbots; little modules that are
responsible for the ads many programs display.
But many of these modules also transmit information
about your surfing behaviour and more to the net.
If SpyBot-S&D finds such modules, it can
remove them. In most cases, the host still runs
fine after removing the bot.
Guidescope speeds your browsing by blocking ads.
Guidescope makes pages download faster, so you
surf faster. Many companies record your surfing.
Guidescope helps protect your privacy by blocking
IrfanView is a very fast freeware (for non-commercial use)
32-Bit graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME, WinNT, Win2000
and Windows XP.
Paint.NET is image a powerful yet simple tool
for photo and image editing that supports layers,
unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide
variety of useful and powerful tools.
The incredible shrinking vector graphics editor, only 62K bytes.
A free painting package designed to provide a realistic
and fun simulation of painting. You can import images
and smear them around, or recreate your photos by
loading them as tracing papers. The application includes
oil paints, crayons, pencils, pens, and other tools,
including a color sampler and palette knife. Fun!!! 1.55MB
The free QuickTime Player is an easy-to-use application
for playing, interacting with, or viewing any video, audio,
VR, or graphics file that is compatible with QuickTime.
The free media player you can't do without these days.
Download streaming audio/video files.
AudacityR is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
Windows Media Encoder
A good and free way to record media files for your Web site; you can also record streamed files from the Internet.
Automatically downloads podcast files.
Music, rhythm, timers, converters, math
Anvil Studio (Personal favorite)
A powerful and flexible sequencer with abundant features:
record and compose music with MIDI and audio equipment,
sequence music with MIDI equipment,
play with music using a computer and sound card.
KBPiano will turn your computer into a piano. Just press the
keyboard's keys and you'll hear sounds coming out your speaker.
You can configure the program to play chords by pressing just a key
(this is configured automatically when you create a new file).
Supports 15 channels, and realtime mixing,
so you can create professional quality midi files. (This is fun!)
Aldo's Pianito (shareware)
This piano features 128 different instruments and 48 percussion
instruments, and the real time wave and midi recording will let you
create your own songs in minutes.
Finale NotePad 2002
Easy-to-use notation software.
FastChords: The perfect fake book companion
Use FastChords's calculator to show how each chord
is played on the keyboard. Use the staff to enter the
melody notes. No need to read music. Listen to the song
and let FastChords find the optimal chord configuration
to simplify playing one chord after another. Print the result,
put it next to the piano or keyboard, and you are ready
to learn a new song!
This program performs a spectral analysis of the input
sound and shows it with the value of the dominant frequency,
the closest note and the cent deviation from it. Only 172K;
very easy to use.
Weird Metronome is a program that runs in Windows
and acts as a metronome. It can use about 50 different
voices for the beat sounds and is totally customizable for
measures up to 1000 beats. 18.6kb
Have you ever wanted to know exactly what BPM (Tempo) a song was at? Well, there's a better way then guessing, and TapTempo is the tool to do it. Simply run TapTempo, play the song, and press the spacebar on every beat; after a few seconds, you'll see the tempo (along with other info) displayed!
Expression Tone Generator 2.0
Expression Tone Generator is an ideal tool for creating impressive sound effects using the power of maths, write algebraic expressions using sound related built in functions (osc, wave, note, tone¡K) and hear them fast at one keystroke. Includes a graph display for wave preview and a note/octave to frequency converter. This tool is suitable for composers, electronic musicians, sound researchers, game programmers, and any one interested in learning more about the fascinating link between math and sound. 432K
Stopwatch/Countdown timer/Alarm. 443KB.
Cool Timer 1.2
Count-down timer with a cool, innovative interface. Can be set for up to 10 hours and plays any WAV or MP3 file when time expires. Program can also be minimized to the System Tray. 745 KB.
Time Calculator Pro 1.0
Time Calculator Pro is a useful little program with an interactive GUI that lets you add, minus, subtract and divide time values. You can also convert fractional time values into whole hours, minutes and seconds or vice-versa. 16K.
MiniMinder is a date-reminder program that gives you a daily countdown for all the upcoming events on your desktop when you start up your computer. It can be minimized to the system tray, where it uses a minimum of system resources. The application's features include: the ability to schedule yearly, monthly, and one-time-events; events such as "2nd Sunday" or "4th Thursday"; events occurring in increments, such as "every seven days"; a "'Till Done" event for those of us who don't always get the tasks done on the exact day we were supposed to. Some minor bugs.
Calendar Magic 13.7
Full year and monthly calendars for 21 different calendar systems, alarm clock, great circle distances between any two of around 7,200 locations across the world, current local time and date in any of these 7,200 locations, a unit converter for converting between over 1,610 units of measurement in 80 different categories, a stack-oriented scientific calculator with a visible stack, and much more! 835 KB.
GraphCalc allows you to create, display, and modify 2D and 3D equations. You can modify and display up to six equations, change the range and resolution of the plotted graphs, and manipulate the axis and tick marks to allow easy analysis of the drawn graphs. This program has four different render modes and two different shading models, providing the flexibility necessary to make the most of your graphs through utilization of OpenGL. ToolTips are attached to every button, giving you a brief description of what the button does. 842K
Editors and word processors
pfe Editor (Programmer's File Editor)
Simple and handy ASCII editor.
RoughDraft is a freeware word processor. Although suitable for general use, it has features specifically designed for writers of novels, short stories, articles, poetry, plays and screenplays. It's designed to be as practical as possible, offering all the features you need, but without being complicated or awkward to use.
QuickPlot makes organizing and developing stories a snap. You'll use a simple tree to organize your structure while you develop the story in the edit box on the right. Simply drag and drop or insert and delete story items until your story is perfectly structured.
ScriptMaker is an easy-to-use program for authoring screenplays for film. The program contains an index-card feature and it maintains outline and detailed synopsis text which are used to view the script using a treeview navigation system.
Author's personal homepage:
Dictionary, thesaurus, rhymes, acronyms, language identifiers
WordWeb is a free cut-down version of the WordWeb Pro. It includes a comprehensive English thesaurus and dictionary, and can be used to look up words from within most programs. The Pro version also has word finding, anagram, editing and customization features.
Type in any word (it knows more than 100,000!), tell it how many syllables to match (or phonemes), and click 'Rhyme'. Words appear in the dialog below, and simply use the one that works for whatever you're doing. It can rhyme words forward, backwards, and with matching syllable counts.
Anagram Artist by Mike Keith
An anagram creation tool, aimed primarily at facilitating the construction of medium to long anagrams, but also functioning as a potent aid to short anagramming. This gets five stars! A truly useful tool.
Online rhyme dictionaries
Online word pattern-matching tools
Puzzle Solving Tools
Online Boggle/Wordracer Solver
OneLook Dictionary search, e.g. words ending with *ize
Crossword search tool: Helps identify partially completed words
Search for examples of words in context
The Homonym/Homophone Page
A comprehensive searchable database of acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms drawn from the world of Computers, Internet, Information Technology, Programming, Networking, Software Engineering, Hacking & Cracking, Embedded Systems, Electronics, Telecommunications, Animation, Graphics, Audio, Video, Multimedia, Virtual Reality, Real-Time Systems, Biotechnology etc.
Free application that makes creating crossword puzzles
ridiculously easy. Just give it a list of words and clues,
and it gives you a crossword puzzle that you can save
and share, print out for photocopying and distribution,
and even save as a Web page for posting on the Internet.
EclipseCrossword guides you through the entire process,
which takes just seconds after entering your words. 48K
Lextek Language Identifier
Have you ever come across documents or websites and not known what language it is written in? The Lextek Language Identifier is capable of identifying not only what language it is written in but also its character encoding and what other languages are most similar. This will alleviate your wondering of what languages you are working with or looking at. Currently, there are 260 language and encoding modules for you to use in your analysis.
Polyglot 3000 Language Identifier
Polyglot 3000 (aka P3000) is an automatic language recognizer that can quickly recognize the language of a piece of text, a phrase even a single word; available for Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP.
Online language identifiers:
Messaging, Internet phone, voice e-mail
Free Internet messaging and phone software with excellent sound quality.
Now, email with real emotions, real humor, your real voice! The PureVoice digital voice encoder is as easy to use as a tape player. The audio files PureVoice technology offers great compression rates, so your voice attachments are smaller and you can download them faster! PureVoice technology makes voices sound as clear as they sound on local telephone calls.
Text-to-speech (TTS) and vocoder
Automatic Text-to-speech program. Now available in US and UK English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese!!! This software is simple to use and outstanding. Try listening to English read with a German accent, or Dutch with an Italian accent!
Generates custom computer synthesized speech. Type in any word or phrase, set the sliders to the appropriate settings, and click the 'Render' button - out pops a nice little wave file. Or, if you are just playing around, use the 'Preview' button and hear what it sounds like. AnalogX SayIt outputs 16-bit wave files, and can handle phrases of up to 500 characters.
Simply supply a wave file with some speech (or singing), supply another wave file with an instrument playing, and voila! Your instrument will now be modulated by the speech wave and it will sound as if it's talking. You can vary the effect from very slight to almost unrecognizable, from smooth and flowing to hard and rhythmic.
John Wells' IPA-SAM TrueType phonetic fonts
I find these easier to use than the SIL IPA fonts. Download to your desktop, then unzip under Windows/fonts. Includes symbols for marking intonation, using an iconic notation of assorted dots (filled and empty, large and small, at various heights).
You can also download the Lucida Sans Unicode font from this site, if f you don't already have it. It will display correctly on Web pages if the other computer has the font installed. A link to download this and several other useful fonts, and instructions on how to display IPA symbols on a Web page, can be found here:
SIL IPA Fonts
The SIL IPA Fonts are scalable outline fonts for both Macintosh and Windows systems. They contain every base character, diacritic, and suprasegmental mark currently prescribed by the International Phonetic Association.
IPA character input keyboard
LINGUIST list: The International Phonetic
Type any text with foreign characters or IPA symbols for English easily.
Use this software for learning to hear, produce and transcribe the sounds of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Phonetics: Speech analysis tools
Praat is a program for speech analysis and synthesis written by Paul Boersma and David Weenink at the Department of Phonetics of the University of Amsterdam.
WASP ('Waveforms, Annotations, Spectrograms & Pitch'), is a program for the recording, display and analysis of speech. With WASP you can record and replay speech signals, save them and reload them from disk, edit annotations, and display spectrograms and a fundamental frequency track.
SFS (Speech Filing System)
SFS provides a computing environment for conducting research into the nature of speech. It comprises software tools; special file and data formats; subroutine libraries for I/O, signal processing and graphics; use and documentation standards; and special programming languages. It performs standard operations such as acquisition, replay, display and labelling, spectrographic and formant analysis and fundamental frequency estimation.
ESystem is a software tool that 'allows you to select from a range of input signals and pass them through a range of systems so that you can see the effects of each system on their waveform, their spectrum, and their sound.'
WaveSurfer is an Open Source tool for sound visualization and manipulation; typical applications are speech/sound analysis and sound annotation/transcription.
Performs Fast Fourier Transforms (FFT) i.e. analyzes and splits sounds into their component frequencies in real time. Only 64KB!
Backchat is a tutor program which can teach you one of life's essential skills: it can teach you to speak backwards! Just record a word or phrase and the program plays back the recording in reverse. You repeat what you hear and the program records this and plays it back in reverse. If you have been successful, then this should match your original phrase. Very useful in analyzing speech sounds. 194KB
In several languages.
Game Maker by Mark Overmars (Netherlands)
Design your own computer games, without having to learn programming!
Software, shareware and freeware sources
Hitsquad Shareware Music Machine
"The World's Biggest Music Software Site."
Major source for music and audio-related
software, shareware and freeware.
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CNet Download.com for Windows
Every imaginable kind of software, shareware and freeware,
with user ratings and opinions; newsletters available.
Free downloads of software, freeware and shareware.
With special thanks to my NTU colleague Ann-Marie Hadzima, to Judy Vorfeld, editor of the Webgrammar's Food for Thought newsletter, and to Eric Armstrong of VASTA for all the great links they contributed to this page!