Language Resources Collection

CantoneseDescription: Cantonese is a tonal language spoken in the Guangdong area. It has 9 tones, of which 3 are duplicate tones specific to a certain syllabic final. It is typically seen written using traditional Chinese characters. Speakers: 80,000,000
Resource: Popup Cantonese: A Cantonese podcast. Cantonese lessons. He uses modified jyutping (jyutping = 4 = 6, 5 = 4, 6 = 5, and dou = do are the significant differences. Build up with some Cantonese phrases. Crappy romanisation and no Chinese characters, so use a dictionary for lexical precision. A last resort for learning Cantonese. Too much overtechnical discussion in English, crappy romanisation, and infrequent usage of Chinese characters.
Cantonese in One Minute: Learn some phrases with Pierre.
Learn Cantonese Daily podcast: A Cantonese learning podcast with transcriptions.
Dictionary: CantoDict: Cantonese-English dictionary. URL template:
DutchDescription: A Germanic language spoken in the Netherlands. Genders: de (common) and het (neuter). Speakers: 23,000,000
Resource: Dutch Grammar: The most exhaustive coverage of Dutch grammar on the internet.
GermanDescription: Fundamentally similar to English and one of tne of the most popular European languages. Remember the gender for each noun: der, das, or die. Plurals are most often formed with -en (Seite > Seiten), but may instead be formed with a vowel change and/or a different suffix (Baum > Bäume), or sometimes no vowel change and no suffix (Mädchen > Mädchen). Much of this can be covered with Sprachgefühl (feel for a language) - take especial note of the patterns of correspondences between gender, plural, and the spelling of the word. The hardest part, I would say, is the subjunctive. Speakers: 95,000,000
Resource: Native resources can be a bit awkward at explaining grammar, so here's an excellent and easy-to-understand coverage of German. I came across this website when searching for an explanation of the subjunctive - you know when a website has the best explanation of the subjunctive, that the rest of it must be pure gold too.
Deutsche Welle Learn German: Learn German straight from Germany's public international broadcaster.
GreekDescription: Ah, it's the language of Apotos. Genders: ο (masculine), η (feminine), and το (neuter). Speakers: 12,000,000
Resource: Kypros-Net Learn Greek: An online course.
Hellenic American Union Greek Podcast: It's entirely in Greek.
GujaratiDescription: One of the more common Indian languages. Speakers: 46,100,000
Resource: Let's Learn Gujarati: A good website for learning basic Gujarati. The words for the numbers aren't in Gujarati script, though, so use the advanced blog below for numbers in Gujarati script.
Gujarati & Marathi Blogs: Advanced blogs for Gujarati & Marathi.
HindiDescription: A language spoken in India. I am Indian and would like to point out some problems with Indian languages for learners: 1. Barely any resources, because the language is passed on predominantly within the culture. 2. There's no romanisation standard. 3. A lot of resources only use romanisation, as if they were dealing with an obscure language. 4. A lot of dictionaries don't indicate the gender. Speakers: 422,000,000
Resource: Brahmic scripts comparison: Learn the Brahmic scripts of your choice from this simple comparison chart. In Japanese.
Learning Hindi: A blog consisting of a series of Hindi lessons.
Learning Hindi Online: A website for learning Hindi.
IcelandicDescription: A Germanic language spoken in Iceland. Genders: -urinn/-inn/-llinn/-nninn (masculine), -in/-an (feminine), and -ið (neuter). Speakers: 330,000
Resource: University of Iceland Icelandic Online: Free online courses from the University of Iceland.
JapaneseDescription: Japanese is a moraic language with an SOV word order. Hiragana and katakana are the phonetic scripts, with the latter being reserved for loanwords and emphasis, and kanji is the phonosemantic script, with the phonetic readings being termed "on'yomi" (technical roots) and the semantic readings being termed "kun'yomi" (basic words). Speakers: 125,000,000
Resource: Hiragana & Katakana Stroke Order Charts: Stroke order charts for hiragana and katakana. A perfect reference as you learn how to write the two phonetic scripts of Japanese.
Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese: The most famous Japanese learning resource on the internet. You'll learn at a pretty swift rate with Tae Kim's focus on vocabulary and sentences as he explains grammar points. Just be sure to supplement it with one of the audio podcasts below 😉
Erin's Challenge!: A high-tech website that has 25 lessons. Use the Japanese interface if possible.
NHK Easy Japanese: An educational series from Japan's national public broadcasting organization.
Dictionary: English Weblio: Japanese-English dictionaries. URL template:
Japanese Weblio: Japanese-Japanese dictionaries. URL template:
Japanese Excite: Japanese-Japanese dictionary. URL template:
Goo Dictionary: Shougakukan dictionaries. URL template:
Multiple dictionaries: Japanese-Japanese dictionaries. URL template:
Alc corpus: Japanese-English dictionary. URL template:
Media: sasakure.UK x DECO*27 - 39 feat. Hatsune Miku: A happy vocaloid song of gratitude.
KoreanDescription: The language of K-pop, and well... more. Get ready for Pyeongchang in 2018, Tokyo in 2020, and Beijing in 2022! 😀 Speakers: 77,233,270
Resource: How to study Korean: A complete coverage of Korean.
TalkToMeInKorean’s Korean Grammar Lessons: A comprehensive coverage of Korean.
zKorean's Korean Grammar and Vocabulary Reference: An intermediate coverage of Korean. A basic coverage of Korean.
Dictionary: Korean-Korean dictionary. URL template:
MandarinDescription: The most common Chinese topolect. Chinese characters have a top-down left-right stroke order. Speakers: 960,000,000
Resource: CCTV Learn Chinese: Learn Mandarin from China Central Television, the predominant state television broadcaster in the People's Republic of China. The Growing Up with Chinese series is available as a YouTube playlist, which you may prefer if you want to avoid downloads stopping and don't mind the lack of transcripts.
Cursive Script: Learn the rules for writing Chinese characters in cursive.
Dictionary: A dictionary that lets you draw Chinese characters, and it actually works. So cool! Chinese-English. URL template: The most reliable Chinese dictionary. Chinese-Chinese. Chinese-English dictionary. URL template:
YellowBridge Character Dictionary: The best Chinese character dictionary, with readings in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Sino-Japanese, Sino-Korean, and Sino-Vietnamese. URL template: Learn how to read any Chinese text!
Media: 恭喜恭喜: Happy new year!
OkinawanDescription: The most commonly spoken Ryuukyuuan language, with phonetic correspondences to Japanese. Speakers: 980,000
Resource: Primer on Okinawan: A primer on Okinawan by the man who created JLect himself. You'll learn about the phonetic correspondences with Japanese, learn some phrases and words, and get a proper start on the grammar.
Okinawan Self-Introduction: Learn how to introduce yourself in authentic Okinawan.
The "Grammar" section of the "Okinawan language" article on Wikipedia: Ya, um, believe it or not, the Wikipedia article ranks as one of the top free resources for learning Okinawan. Study the grammar section, which I have linked to. It contains grammatical vocabulary and overdelivers with example sentences.
Omniglot: Useful Okinawan Phrases: Useful phrases in Okinawan.
Uchinaaguchi Nyuumon Sets on Quizlet: Uchinaaguchi Nyuumon sets on Quizlet.
(Okinawan) Learn Basic Uchinaaguchi: A basic course on Memrise.
Dictionary: 1963 Okinawan Dictionary (PDF): A modern Okinawan dictionary in PDF format.
1896 Okinawan Dictionary (JPEG): An older Okinawan dictionary in image format.
PunjabiDescription: The language of Punjab, the state of Sikhism. It's pronounced with a short vowel. Or else I'll start calling you Chreestians. Speakers: 100,000,000
Resource: A good website for learning many LCTL including Indian languages. Make sure to also check out the Punjabi lessons on my site - whenever you can get a tailored resource, it's always good to use that.
Dictionary: Shabdkosh: Punjabi-English dictionary. It also has other Indian languages as well. URL template: Punjabi-English dictionary.
ThaiDescription: A tonal language spoken in Thailand. Speakers: 20,000,000
Resource: Pretty much THE resource on the internet for learning Thai.
VietnameseDescription: A tonal anguage that sounds like Buk Lau. Speakers: 75,000,000
Resource: Vietnamese Grammar: Grammar resources.
Dictionary: Nom Lookup Tool: For those interested in chu nom.

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