Babylon - A free download from The New York Times. This program offers "on-screen" translation of English words and expressions in Windows applications,giving words, phrases, acronyms, a list of available translations, plus idiomatic usage.
It's the ideal aid for non-English speaking users of textual English Windows applications, such as an Internet browser, an encyclopedia, or even the instructions for the latest cool game. When you read through such text and encounter a word you wish to translate, a single mouse click will display the translation for the highlighted word or phrase, to the language you choose in a pop-up box just above the word. http://www.nytimes.com/partners/babylon/ Note: Works only on Windows.
ESLoop - A collection of sites for those involved in teaching or learning English on the web.
Exchange - An on-line newspaper for ELD students. This is a place where they can practice their language skills , find resources to help in learning the language, and to provide everyone with insights into different cultures. From the University of Illinois.
Grammar Now! - If you want to check your spelling, grammar, or punctuation of your essay, and such, then head on over here to Grammar Now. The site contains information about how to check your writing with it's own set of links to other sites. Plus, you can copy/paste your essay or questions in a text box, and send it to people to look over it for punctuation errors, and such. Note: you MUST have an e-mail address for this to work!
Linguistic Funland - Resources for teachers and students of English as a Second Language. Lesson plans, web resources that others enjoy, and more. Check it out!
Tower of English - idioms, games, tutors, and lots more. A hodge-podge of things that might be of interest to ELD students.
Vocabulary University - Build your vocabulary while playing word games.
- Acronym Finder - finds definitions for more than 35,000 acronyms;
- Alta Vista translation service - you type it in in one language, it translates it to another
- American Slanguages - choose a city and learn to talk like the locals
- Americaspeak - speak like our ancestors
- Ambigrams - An ambigram is a word that can be read in more than one way (i.e. right side up and upside down.) Create your own here.
- Anagram Genius Server - how many words can you make out of YOUR name?
- Anagram Hall of fame - best and brightest of all times (dormitory=dirty room)
- Antagonyms - a single word that has meanings that contradict each other.
- More Clichés - Phrases to say in Times of Trouble.
- Phone Anagram Generator - finds letter equivalents of a phone number.
- Broken Rules Page - background on grammatical conventions.
- Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Home Page - A literary competiton that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.
- Canonical Abbreviations/Acronyms List
- Chinese Character Flashcards - learn 1,000 most frequently used Chinese characters.
- Cliché Finder - Click here to find just the right cliché for the occasion.
- The Collective Noun Homepage - an exaltation of larks, an ostentation of peacocks and more.
- Common Errors in English
- Crossword Solver - enter the letters you know, click on "What is it?" Get an answer. (Is this cheating?)
- An Evening with Tom Lehrer - lyrics to "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," "The Element Song" and others.
- Foreign Languages for Travelers
- The Heteronym Homepage - words that are spelled identically but have different meanings when pronounced differently.
- InvestorWords - 4,000 investing terms and 15,000 links between related words.
- Jennifer's Language Page - How to say "hello" in Danish or "Thank you" in Kurdish, and more.
- Word Search Puzzles
- The Klingon Language Institute - dedicated to promoting, fostering and developing the Klingon language.
- Little Explorers - multilingual (English, English-Spanish, English-French) picture dictionary with wonderful graphics and links.
- Native Tongue -- Discover the Hawaiian Language - with audio clips.
- Nautical Expressions in the Vernacular
- Never Say Neverisms - William Safire's hints of what not to do when writing.
- The New Hacker's Dictionary - slang terms used by computer hackers.
- Oly-hay Ible-bay - the Bible in pig-Latin.
- Puzzlemaker - create word searches, criss-cross, cryptograms, fallen phrases and more.
- Rhetorical Figures - all the figures of speech.
- Rhyming Dictionary
- Silva Rhetoric - The Forest of Rhetoric terms of classical and Renaissance rhetoric.
- Steven Wright Quotes - sample: "I went to a restaurant that serves 'breakfast at any time.' So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance."
- Tom Swifties
- Travalang's Translating Dictionaries - online dictionaries in German, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Frisian, Afrikaans, Hungarian, Dzech, Esperanto and Latin.
- Vanity License Plates - includes a retelling of Oedipus the King entirely with vanity plates (Oedipus, the King of the Road.)
- A Word a Day - another way to build your vocabulary.
- The Word Detective - excerpts from "Words, Wit and Wisdom," a syndicated newspaper column.
- The Word Wizard - answers language questions, finds new words, snappy quotes and elegant insults and more.