Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Links for languages of the wider world

  • Omniglot is an impressive guide to over 500 languages, including detailed information on over 180 different alphabets, syllabaries and other writing systems, with plenty of background information and written samples. It also includes useful phrases in a large number of languages, many with audio.
  • alphaDictionary also has many links to grammars and language courses, as well as dictionaries; based upon
    • iLoveLanguages was an encyclopaedic set of links for a broad range of languages, but seems to have been neglected lately.
  • Open Culture has pages of links to free online courses. 
  • Loecsen Essentials have a good collection of basic words and phrases in over 40 languages, represented pictorially, with a quiz.
  • UCLA Language Materials Project has a database of bibliographic references for over 900 languages, which can be searched by type of material, level of instruction, whether audio is available etc., often with methodological information. There are also detailed profiles of over 100 of the languages.
  • Routledge's Colloquial series - good quality book+audio courses in 70 or so languages, with the audio component freely available on their website.
  • Live Lingua Project collects together major public domain language learning materials, including the FSI Language Courses in many languages, developed by the US Department of State's Foreign Service Institute in the 1960s and 70s.
  • Less Commonly Taught Languages project, based at the University of Minnesota, focuses on where you can go for courses in your chosen language, though it also has some interesting royalty-free instructional materials.
  • SOAS Language Centre offers evening classes in many African and Asian languages.
  • Languages of the Wider World CETL - Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, based at SOAS and UCL.
    • They have a number of high quality online resources in a variety of languages.
    • ATLAS offers a good taster of many languages: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Lithuania, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu and Yorùbá.
  • The CEELBAS Language Repository has open-access teaching and self-study materials for languages of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, some specifically aimed at social sciences/humanities researchers. Languages include Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Georgian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak and Ukrainian.
  • National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (USA).
  • UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger, part of their Endangered Languages project (presented for 2009 International Mother Language Day, 21 February).

In roughly alphabetical order of language...