Modern Languages Resources

Free Rice Vocabulary-Language Choice
Students see a word and choose the correct definition from 4 possible answers. As accuracy increases, so does word difficulty. For each correct answer, sponsors of the site donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. Students may choose from the following languages:
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • English

Digital Dialects
French language learning games broken into categories of vocabulary.

This is a free tool for expanding and understanding vocabulary. It is like a visual thesaurus, offering a web of synonyms to help define the word you've searched for. For those needing auditory help, it offers verbal pronuciations as well. The web can be accessed in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Italian.

This site provides numerous free tools for learning Spanish, German, or English. Vocabulix can be used to create quizzes or take quizzes online. Vocabulix provides dozens of drills and activities designed to help students learn Spanish, German, or English. The verb conjugation chart can be used on the Vocabulix website. The verb conjugator code is freely available for use in third party blogs, wikis, or websites. As most new language learning websites do, Vocabulix has a social networking option that helps match native speakers with learners.

This site can best be described as an audio wiki for word pronunciations. One of the problems with learning to speak a language that is not phonetic is trying to figure out how to pronounce the words. Forvo hosts hundreds of recordings of word pronunciations by native speakers. Currently there are nearly 200 languages supported on Forvo, including NAVAJO. Along with word pronunciations, Forvo provides some basic demographic information about each language. Forvo content is user-supported and user-generated so new pronunciations are added every day.

Make Beliefs
This is a free comic strip creation tool that provides students with a variety of templates, characters, and prompts for building their own comic strips. It provides students with a pre-drawn characters and dialogue boxes which they can insert into each box of their comic strip. The editing options allow users the flexibility to alter the size of each character and dialogue bubble, bring elements forward within each box, and alter the sequence of each box in the comic strip. Students that have trouble starting a story can access writing prompts through make beliefs. Most impressively, Make Beliefs allows users to write their comic strip's dialogue in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Latin.

Verbs Online
This site provides foreign language students with a good selection of activities for practicing verb conjugations. Practice activities are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. The practice activities deal with the past, present, and future tenses of regular and irregular verbs. Students can choose to do the activities in sets of ten through fifty practice items.

Hello World
This site provides games and activities for students to develop their knowledge of foreign languages. Hello World has games and activities in nine languages including Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. Not all of the games and activities are free, but enough of them are free to warrant listing as a good place for free learning activities.