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World Language Resources

Multiple Language Links:

  • Digital Dialects: A website for beginning language students. It has a number of games to help students learn vocabulary generally taught in the first semester such as colors, numbers, greetings, etc.
  • DuoLingo: Learn 30+ languages online with bite-sized lessons based on science.
  • Forvo: A website where you can practice pronouncing words in a variety of languages. You can search by language or by category.
  • Living Language Lab: A website offering free vocabulary and grammar practice through reading, listening, games, and quizzes in 23 languages
  • Mango: An online software program available through the NOVA library system. Using dialogs, Mango helps students practice vocabulary and communication skills. It is good for beginning to low intermediate students.
  • Rocket Languages: Speak and understand a new language faster. Need a login and password? Stop by the Language Center to request one.
  • SCOLA: A comprehensive site for language learners and teachers. It features TV programming from around the world, including news, drama and documentaries in 160 languages, and provides other foreign language resources, language lessons, and learning material. Username: NVCC, Password (case-sensitive): SCOLA

Spanish Language Links:

  • Conjugacion: Look up correct verb endings for over 500 common vocabulary in the verb table. Fully personalized study, including tenses, verb types as well as specific verbs to focus on. Built in Spanish-English dictionary and conjugation search/look up. Tests you on the verbs your need to practice the most.
  • Don Quixote: Contains brief grammar lessons, word of the day, verb conjugate, games, jokes and more. Registration is free and only takes two minutes.
  • E-Espanola: A site for beginning Spanish students. It provides lessons, auto correcting grammar exercises, vocabulary practice, and audio clips with transcripts to practice listening.
  • Online Lessons Using Video Clips: A site put together by the University of Texas that has Spanish lessons starting from the entry level all the way to advanced, covering a wide range of topics. Lessons are presented through 30 second video clips of native speakers along with helpful vocabulary lists and short grammar lessons.
  • Study Spanish.com: An online Spanish course consisting of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation lessons and activities. It can be used systematically like a course or sporadically as a supplement to the lessons received in class. 
  • Lo Mas TV: Contains a variety of video clips in Spanish, including music videos, commercials and TV show clips. Many of the clips contain English subtitles to assist in understanding. For those wanting something other than grammar exercises to practice Spanish, this is the place to go.
  • Online Spanish Dictionary: All in Spanish. Type a word in Spanish and you are given a list of definitions (in Spanish) along with examples sentences and expressions containing that word.
  • Self Check Exercises: Contains a list of self-check exercises on various topics including adjectives, verbs, conjunctions, prepositions (por/para) and others. These can be filled out online and will receive immediate feedback. 
  • Todo Sobre Español: A website dedicated to talking “All About Spain”. For those interested in learning more about Spanish people, life, culture and travel go to this website for information. The site can be viewed in both Spanish and English. Try it in Spanish for practice; then switch to English to check for understanding.
  • Spanish Dictionary: This website offers dictionaries, translation, and verb conjugation in Spanish, as well as interactive flashcards, grammar practice, and Q&A forums.

French Language Links:

  • Annenberg Foundation: Intended for college and high school classrooms and adult learners, it contains 52 half-hour video programs, audiocassettes, coordinated books, and a website.
  • Arte: A Franco-German TV network that promotes programming in the areas of culture and the arts.
  • Café Mode: This fashion site offers links to various blogs and topics.
  • Civilisation Francaise: Information, pictures and videos on French culture.
  • Conjugaison: Look up correct verb endings for over 500 common vocabulary in the verb table. Fully personalized study, including tenses, verb types as well as specific verbs to focus on. Built in French-English dictionary and conjugation search/look up. Tests you on the verbs you need to practice the most.
  • Dictionary: Word Reference: A very comprehensive dictionary that includes a forum and discussions on translation specifics.
  • Didier Accord: Basic exercises on various topics, mostly phrases a trous and multiple choice questions for beginners (although the website offers two levels).
  • Digital Dialects: Focusing on listening, comprehension, and vocabulary, this site features a variety of practice games.
  • Europe 1: A privately owned radio channel, it is one of the leading French radio broadcasters and heard throughout France.
  • France Info: A 24-hour all-news radio channel.
  • Les Africains de la Chanson Francophone: Website presenting French African music, explaining the roots and meaning of its different types.
  • Radio France Internationale: A French public radio service that broadcasts in Paris and all over the world. This link provides a simpler version of news, with transcripts and audio.
  • Radio Nova: A radio station broadcast from Paris. Its playlist is characterized by non-mainstream or underground artists of various music genres, such as electro, new wave, reggae, jazz, hip hop and world music.
  • TV5Monde - A global television network, broadcasting several channels of French language programming.

Arabic Language Links:

  • Al Jazeera: Provides a simpler version of news. It features reports on different topics such as Sports, Arts, Economy, and Health for Arabic learners. The website offers key words and phrases that will help you understand the news. It also has some Arabic poems explained in an easy way, and there are other activities that will help you practice and test your understanding of the language (e.g. multiple choices, matching, writing, translation, oral production, blank filling).
  • Arabic Learning Resources: Offers a variety of useful Arabic language learning links. It contains standard Arabic and different ARabic dialects such as Moroccan, Syrian, and Egyptian dialects. Most of the links are free.
  • ArabicPod101: Create a free account to get access to Arabic-learning podcasts and videos from beginner to advanced.
  • Arabic Typing Tool: A useful tool for typing in Arablic without using an Arabic keyboard or language component. Students can type the transliterated Arabic word and Yamli will write the word in the Arabic script. It’s a fast and easy way for students to type in Arabic without having to use special software.
  • Madinaharabic: Offers free strategies for how to expand your Arabic vocabulary. It also explains the grammar rules in an easy way using good examples (e.g. the use of Harakat (Ir’ab), demonstrative pronouns…). There is also an Arabic learners’ forum where you can ask questions about the language and get an immediate answer. In the same forum, you can also communicate with the other Arabic learners.
  • Music: Provides access to music in Arabic.
  • My Arabic Teacher Blog: A blog intended for Arabic language learners. It contains posts related to music, news and language learning resources.
  • My Arabic Website: Host to a variety beginning Arabic lessons, information on learning Arabic, Arab cultural information, information on Arabs in the U.S. and abroad, and numerous other topics including Arabic songs and poetry.
  • QTV: Contains good Arabic shows, one of which is the Arabic RHETORIC (Fasaha). It will help you improve your listening skills. The language used in these shows is advanced. 
  • Video Lessons:  Created by the University of Texas, it contains numerous video clips on various topics to promote listening comprehension skills in Arabic. The videos may be played at “normal”, “slow”, or “slowest” speed to assist in comprehension.

Chinese Language Links:

  • Chinese Notes: For those with an advanced level of Chinese and want to learn more about the Chinese language, including Chinese culture, Chinese fonts and Classical Chinese. 
  • Chinese Multi-Media: For students who have studied Chinese for over three months -- it provides text and audio and includes several useful situations you may need for daily life.
  • Mandarin Tools: Provides tools for learning and using Chinese. You can use one of the tools to add Pinyin to your files.
  • Chinese Blog: A collection of several blogs which are related to Chinese culture. You can learn some useful information through them.
  • Online Dictionary: A good online dictionary for Chinese. You can translate from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English.
  • Chinese Pod: You can download Chinese lessons for your MP3, iPhone, iPad or just listen to them on the website.
  • Type in Chinese: You can use this website to type in Chinese Characters by using Pinyin.
  • Great Resources: This website has dictionaries, tools, and other great resources for learning Chinese.

German Language Links:

  • Konjugation: Look up correct verb endings for over 500 common vocabulary in the the verb table. Fully personalized study, including tenses, verb types as well as specific verbs to focus on. Built in German-English dictionary and conjugation search/look up. Tests you on the verbs you need to practice the most.
  • German Folk Songs: Listen to and read different songs and poems in German.
  • Web German: Listen to and test yourself on grammar and simple sentence structure. It also makes use of games for testing.
  • German Grammar: This contains a good explanation for accusative, dative, nominative and genitive. It also helps to learn more vocabulary.
  • Nominative, Accusative & Dative: An online handout that lists all the words that give an indication for accusative, dative and nominative.
  • Grammar Practice: This site has very good grammar practice exercises. Results from online quizzes are shown immediately.

Japanese Language Links:

Korean Language Links:

Russian Language Links:

  • Go Learn Russian: A collection of videos with a variety of Russian language lessons (the site may redirect you to another page to sign up for courses; just re-enter this URL to go to the free lessons).
  • Ruspeach - Russian for Foreigners: An interactive learning resource
  • Russian Language Lessons: A document with good grammar exercises and texts
  • Litmir.me - An online library
ESL Resources

Online Software:

  • Merit Software Access: Reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing practice for intermediate to advanced ESL students.
  • Rocket Languages: Speak and understand a new language Faster.
    • Need a login and password? Stop by the Language Center to request one.


  • American Speechsounds: Accent Improvement Software.

English at Your Fingertips:

  • English at Your Fingertips are modules created by faculty and staff of NOVA's Annandale Campus that can assist you in your writing. The modules will help you with paragraph and essay structure and sentence level construction. There are lessons on different rhetorical forms, such as opinions, comparisons and narratives.

Video Tutorials: Lessons in Grammar I

Video Tutorials: Lessons in Grammar II



  • Newsela
    Users can adjust the difficulty levels of news articles to match their reading skill level.


  • Visual Merriam-Webster
    This website offers visual references to words, which is ideal to language-learning. Words are grouped in themes for easy reference. It is an invaluable resource for ESL/EFL students.
  • Picture Dictionary
    An excellent visual resource for beginning to intermediate level ESL/EFL students. Words are grouped in categories. This website offers fun activities to support learning vocabulary and spelling.
  • The Free Dictionary
  • This website provides comprehensive definitions of English vocabulary. It functions as a dictionary and a thesaurus and is a wonderful resource for ESL/EFL students who would like to expand their vocabulary.
  • Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Online
    This is the online version of the CD-ROM of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Updated Edition. It offers quick and easy ways to look up any word while you are working on the Web.
  • Word Reference:
    Free online bilingual dictionaries. Language forums dedicated to serious discussion about the meanings and translations of words, terms, and expressions in many languages.
  • Collins:
    Ideal dictionaries for English or bilingual word reference, plus thesauruses for expanding your word power.


  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    The index in this site contains references almost all of your questions regarding grammar and writing, plus you can link to lots of interactive grammar quizzes. 
  • Articles
    Any English language learner knows that articles are one of the hardest grammatical units to master in the English language. This website from UNC provides one of the most detailed explanations on article usage.
  • The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
    Explains English rules with lots of helpful examples, amusing quizzes and video presentations on grammar rules such as use of punctuation and subject-verb agreement.
  • Grammar Lessons From 5-Minute English:
    Short and easy grammar explanations and exercises that you can practice any time.
  • Daily Grammar Lessons
    A wealth of grammar lessons you can easily practice by clicking the Lesson Archive. This website offers daily grammar lessons and a quiz every Saturday.
  • Grammar Monster
    An excellent website that gives clear explanations of grammar rules. It contains a comprehensive list of common grammatical errors made by ESL/EFL students.
  • Activities for ESL Students:
    A website with grammar and vocabulary activities.


  • Breaking News in English:
    Develop your listening skills by studying current events and news by podcast. This website was developed with ESL/EFL students in mind. Podcasts are usually two minutes long.
  • English Listening Lesson Library Online:
    This website contains lots of dialogues on various topics by English speakers worldwide. Each dialogue is accompanied with the written text of the dialogue and an audio slide quiz to test for listening comprehension.
  • Activities for ESL Students:
    An excellent site for ESL/EFL students. This website has hundreds of ESL podcasts and ESL grammar videos from YouTube to choose from. This site also offers a listen-and-read-along activity on lots of topics.

Free Language Learning Apps:

  • Hinative:
    A global Q&A platform where you can ask native speakers any language or culture question.
  • Quizlet:
    Simple tools for learning anything. Search millions of study sets or create your own. Improve your grades by studying with online flashcards, games and more.
  • Vocabulary:
    The world's smartest dictionary combined with an adaptive learning game that will have you mastering new English words in no time.

Interactive Websites:

  • Lang-8:
    Post in the language that you are learning. Native speakers correct your writing. Return the favor by helping others learn your native language.