Useful Links


I can never find these when I want them.

Dictionaries and English Tools

Common Errors in English

An historical syntax of the English language, Visser (various digitized parts)

Encarta online dictionary

ESL: List of free online journals from talktotheclouds

Learner’s Dictionaries (ESL): Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Longman English Dictionary Online, Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (also Learner’s, AmE, idioms, phrasal verbs, English-Turkish), Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

Memidex dictionary and thesaurus

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary of English Usage

Mythology – Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology

OneLook (1024 dictionaries) (use help file to add to search bar)

ODLIS — Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science

Online Etymology Dictionary

Perdue Online Writing Lab

Philosophy meta-encyclopedia | Dictionary of Philosophy (Ancient – Medieval – Modern)  Dagobert D. Runes

Rhyme generators:  Write Express, Rhyme Brain

Style Manuals-Online Stylebooks–search 43 manuals of style

Unicode-Alt keyboard sequences for special characters, alt codes

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary

Webster’s New World College Dictionary

Wikipedia Manual of Style

TV shows (and radio) Firefly (a space western) wikipedia|episodes (often broken)|Chinese language phrases (mostly Mandarin) (incomprehensible by real Chinese people)

Fireflyfirst five episodes (HULU)(now they have five rotating episodes)

Fireflyfrom beta (same episodes as HULU, with smoother display) on

Fireflyepisode guide.  Maybe can download some episodes.

La Femme Nikita episodes (starring Peta Wilson)

Naruto (Japanese manga cartoons, English subtitles)

The Prisoner free online (Patrick McGoohan)

BBC Radio 4

Bible portals

New Revised Standard Version: Oremus with Godweb browser and OBB browser, Bible studytools (with commentary and parallel translations)

Today’s New International Version

Revised Standard Version

Arabic translation (Bible Gateway)

Q Bible (Hebrew & English)

Parallel translations (commentary and cross references)

Codex Sinaiticus (earliest known Bible–in Greek)

Bible Gateway (a dozen English versions including TNIV but not RSV, plus languages including Arabic but not Greek or Hebrew)

Roman Catholic Bible in French, key documents of the Catholic faith: Magisterium (in Latin), Liturgy and the Fathers of the Church, saints and their writings, created from CD-ROM Ictus 3.

Koran portals

Al-Tafsir (Jordan)

Shakir (U. of Virginia)

Shakir (U. of Michigan)

Yusuf Ali, Pickthal, Shakir (U. of Southern California)

Online Quran Project (60 trans. + Arabic)

Ayat al-Kursi (Throne Verse) [2:255] Tutorial

Open Quran (9 reciters + Arabic text)

“Wahhabi” translation

Koran Today (side by side comparison of translators Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Zohurul Hoque, T.J. Irving, T.U. Hilali & M. Khan, M. Pickthall, and M.S. Shakir)

(For prayer times)

mosque: Bridgeview

mosque: Adams (DC)

Language Dictionaries

University of Texas archaic languages: Old Norse, Armenian, Baltic, Old English, Old French, Gothic, Classical Greek, N.T. Greek, Hittite, Old Iranian, Old Irish, Latin, Old Church Slavonic, Sanskrit, Tocharian [Asia silk road])

Ultralingua:  English, Esperanto, French, German, Italian, Klingon, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dictionaries, Spelling & Grammar Checkers, Audio Learning Tools

Your dictionary–Online dictionaries for 300 languages


Akkadian: Klinopsis (Old Babylonian Text Corpus by Cuneiform Circle)

Amharic: Dictionary of the Amharic Language by Charles William Isenberg (1841), Basic Amharic Dictionary: Amharic-English, English-Amharic. Leslau, Wolf (1970) (Free download.) , Online Amharic-English dictionary with search box, A small Amharic glossary

Anglo-Saxon: Anglo-Saxon Dictionary of Bosworth/Toller 1898, consistent alphabetic index to An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (Bosworth and Toller)-Univ of Texas

Arabic: Edward William Lane’s Arabic-English Lexicon and Koran indexed by roots, new library (so far several translations of Koran and a users dictionary), Andras Rajki’s Arabic Etymological Dictionary (transliteration), database query semitic etymology (Russian website), M. Piamenta’s Dictionary of Post Classical Yemeni Arabic (Gbooks searchable but not online)

Catalan: Enciclopedia (with etymology)

Cornish: Warlinnen lexicon

Danish: modern Danish dictionary, pronunciation guide, historical dictionary of Danish

English: Middle English, Dictionary of Old English-University of Toronto, dictionary of slang, jargon & cant: embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian slang, pidgin English, tinker’s jargon and other irregular phraseology, Volume 1(google books full text)

French Dictionnaire Français (Encarta), Orthonet [French lexicon proposed by the Conseil International de la Langue Française (], Le Tresor de la Langue Francaise Informatise (etymology)

Gaelic: Gaelic – English Dictionary by Malcolm MacFarlane, dictionary in Gaelic, medieval old and middle Irish glossary by Dennis King, Lexicons–MacFarlane, Gramadach

Georgian: Georgian/German dictionary, Georgian/English site down but try on the wayback machine

German: LEO Deutsch-EnglischWörterbuch

German: English/German dictionary, user sourced, also Italian/German, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hungarian, Russian, Danish, Esperanto, Norwegian

German: Das Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (German OED), Beta–completion date 2012, Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob Grimm und Wilhelm Grimm (etymology)

Greek: (etymology)

Hindi/Urdu: from, Platts (some etymology)

Irish: dictionary online

Italian: Dizionario Etimologico

Lakota: Lakota lexicon;Lakota translation (short dictionary); Lakota language, keyboard, fonts, grammar, Bible translation in Lakhota and Dakhota, translation of texts;Lakota-Useful phrases from Omniglot; Lakota Grammar +; Lakhota letters (alphabet) and sounds; Wikipedia: Lakota language with grammar; Smithsonian winter count calendars with pronunciation of tribal group names in Lakota.

Latin: Glossarium mediæ et infimæ latinitatis, L. Favre, 1883-1887 (annotated), Wordsonline dictionary, translation assistant, grammar aid

Mongolian: from (via LH)

Mongolian: (from read)

Norse/Icelandic: Ross Arthur’s English-Old Norse glossary, Old Norse lexicon, Freelang English/Old Norse, Northvegr Old Icelandic (Geir T. Zoëga’s 1910 dictionary of Old Norse), Wiki English glossary, Old IcelandicAn Icelandic-English Dictionary Cleasby and Vigfusson 1874, J. Frizners ordbok (The standard dictionary of Old Norse,in Norwegian) Univ. of Oslo., Modern IcelandicÍslensk-ensk orðabók / Concise Icelandic-English Dictionary 1989

Norwegian-Bokmåls: og nynorskordboka i felles søkevindu

Norwegian-Nynorsk: Grunnmanuskriptet, based on field work in the early 20th century (the book was never published, maybe because of the great depression, maybe because of a political backlash, I don’t really know), but intended to finally be printed on paper for the national jubilee in 2014.

Portuguese: Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa (with etymology)

Sanskrit: from

Spanish: Real Academia Española diccionario

Scots: Dictionary of the Scots language: (not Gaelic), Scots-Online dictionary (not Gaelic)

Turkish: Cambridge Dictionary Online includes English-Turkish translation

Digital Dictionaries of South Asia:

Assamese Kashmiri Pali Tamil
Baluchi Khowar Panjabi Telugu
Bengali Lushai Pashto Torwali
English Malayalam Persian Urdu
Gujarati Marathi Rajasthani Comparative
Hindi Nepali Sanskrit
Kannada Oriya Sindhi

The English one is the Hobson-Jobson Anglo-Indian dictionary; “comparative” is A Dravidian etymological dictionary and A comparative dictionary of Indo-Aryan languages.

Urdu/Hindi: from, Platts (some etymology)

Welsh: Univ of Wales online dictionary, Mark Nodine’s lexicon,

Language tools (translation, tutorials, and grammars)


Classical languages: The Stoa Consortium-links to texts, blogs, Athens archeology… lookup to 105 languages

*Foreign Services Institute Language Courses U.S. government – public domain. Audio and text. The site is back up as of April 13, 2013, and has posted a dozen new texts.
Mirror/alternative sites at:

Forvo All the words in the world. Pronounced.

Language learning forum

Lexicity Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic,  Coptic, Egyptian, Ethiopic, Georgian, Gothic, Greek Hebrew, Hittite, Latin, Old Church Slavonic, Old English, Old Irish, Old Norse, Sanskrit, Sumerian, Syriac, Ugaritic.  Comprehensive index for ancient language resources, including dictionaries, grammars, charts and aids, and biblical and non-biblical texts.

Survival Phrases

Mojibake online decoder (for non-standard character sets in Cyrillic, etc.–then put result into Google Translate)

Master list of free language learning resources (including Arabic)

The Open University (podcasts) (British)  French, German, Spanish, business English

Online dictionaries: English/Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian,  Italian,  Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Online Verb Conjugator 66 languages, modern and archaic: Catalan, runic Old Swedish, Old English, vulgar Latin, Welsh…

YouTube: Learn a language on YouTube (Arabic, Chinese, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Maori, Old English, Portuguese, Sign language, Swedish, Welsh) Languages.

By language:

Akkadian: cunieform from Knowledge and Power in the neo-Assyrian Empire website

Amharic: Amharic keyboard and font to download (scroll down for font), Senamirmir fonts, (to start using font, close the browser and open again; this website has an Amharic “welcome” message you will be able to see if your font is working); Road to Ethiopia, blog written by a student of Amharic language

Anglo-Saxon: consistent alphabetic index to An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (Bosworth and Toller)-Univ of Texas

Arabic: list of proto-Semitic roots, Foreign Services Institute Arabic free downloads

Chinese: language phrases (mostly Mandarin) from Firefly TV series (it is said that real Chinese people cannot understand these)

Chinese: grammar sample (from Bathrobe)

Darija (Moroccan Arabic): Speak Moroccan Arabic (French version available)

English: (15th to 19th c), The Canterbury Tales Prologue in Middle English

Georgian: alphabet and grammar, pronunciation of letters (in German)

Greek (classical): Getting started tutorial, British Museum digitized manuscripts Greek (Homeric): Clyde Pharr’s Homeric Greek – A Book For Beginners, starts with alphabet then read Iliad in original

Greek (just added): , Stoa Consortium, Univ of Texas (classical and N.T.)

Univ of Frankfort index (also Hittite, Lydian, Tocharian, Old Indic (Vedic?], Old, Middle, Modern Iranian/Persian/Avestan, Armenian, Italic/Old Latin/ Umbrian/Oscan/Picenian, Celtic/Gaulish/Celtibarian/Ogham/Old and Middle Irish/Middle Welsh):

Hebrew: Balashon — Hebrew Detective (etymology), dictionary with 2 hour reading tutorial, dictionary, keyboard, and translate tool, Animated Hebrew games and tutorials website, Hebrew “coal mine letters” tutorial video, Hebrew resources post

Latin: St. Louis Univ materials, immersion course with podcasts, Babylon lookup, Ohio State grammar, Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar online, Perseus library Greek and Latin texts, U of Tartu links (including obscenities), wikibook Latin textbook, links to list of Greek and Latin roots, Latin on Youtube

Latin (classical): Getting started, Stoa Consortium

Norse: Old Norse for Beginnners, Yahoo Norse course group, Peter Pettersson’s Old Norse Language

Proto-Indo European (PIE): online books by Winfred P. Lehmann et al. about Indo-European languages and historical linguistics

Proto-Semitic: list of proto-Semitic roots

Scot: Scottish Gaelic sounds, Scots-Online (lowland Germanic, not Celtic Gaelic)

Spanish: Effective Swearing in DF (Mexico), Antonio de Nebrija’s Gramática de la lengua castellana (1492),  Old Spanish readings (and history-google books full text)

Thai: mp3 downloads (webmaster in jail, download fast?)

Computer downloads for new computer setup

Portable Firefox (for flash drives)

100 plugins from Mycroft Project (Urban Dictionary)

FoxLingo toolbar

American English spellcheck dictionary

Irfanview image editor

Zoombrowser EX (camera)

Zoombrowser EX (But where’s the install file? Can’t find it on Vista.)  Sure Canon gives you a disk, and they are said to be very proprietary about their software, but what are you supposed to do if you have a netbook with no CD player? Do they really think someone would want to use the program if they didn’t already have a Canon camera? Something to think about when it comes time to upgrade the camera.

Zoombrowser Canon A560 (and others) update from Canon (must have EX installed first)

Foxit fast PDF reader free download

Viruses and malware:

~Ad-awareSpybot Search and Destroy


~(AVG now with annoying popups and demands for system restarts)

~*****Microsoft one time scan (IE), malware info page with definition updates for 32-bit and 64-bit systems

Canon printer utility

Quicktime and iTunes download

iTunes 64 bit Vista download

Realplayer download

How to enable Arabic on Vista: Start button->Control Panel->Classic View; select Regional and Language Options->Formats tab (set format to language i.e. “Arabic Egypt”); Location Tab (make location match setting for current format “Egypt”);  go to Keyboards and Languages tab-> click on “Change Keyboards”

Picasa 3 Image editor for photos


The Jordan Times

Jordan news RSS feeds

Petra News Agency

Middle East

Asharq Al-Awsat (London)

Search for world newspapers by country

James Zogby on Huffington Post (archives on Washington Watch)

Audio (see also Language)


Cohen, Leonard: Official YouTube channel2009 Tour (albertnoonan’s high quality YouTube), DrHGuy blog, Speaking Cohen link page

Earsense Chamberbase.


Gaida Hinawwi–from Chicago Music Festival

Holst, Planets

Lo Cor de la Plana,  Spain, a capella male voices-from Chicago Music Festival

Mor Karbasi–, oh, yes!-from Chicago Music Festival

NPR Music (click live concerts for Neko Case)

Leonard Cohen


HeckOfaGuy (DrHGuy)

Leonard Cohen official website

Leonard Cohen Photo Blog (haunting images from someone in Iran)

The Leonard Cohen files (I get quoted here for the Chicago concert–in windows use edit, then find for “camel”)

Speaking Cohen


Music (Cohen)

Covers of Cohen music

Cohen’s “Hallelujah”:

  • Leonard Cohen in Dublin July 23, 2009 (thanks, Albert Noonan)
  • cover: Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris for 2010 Haiti fundraiser
  • cover: KD Lang at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. This is easily her best rendition, from the official Olympics website with high sound quality.
  • cover: Jeff Buckley
  • cover: four Norwegians–Espen Lind(on guitar), Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen(World Idol)

Interviews and art videos:

Leonard Cohen At Mt Baldy Zen Center, interview with Armelle Brusq, 1996  (thanks, DrHGuy) 1/6, 2/6, 3/6, 4/6, 5/66/6.

Miami Vice cameo, speaking French as Francois Zolan in the episode, “French Twist”.

Language and International blogs

(amateur and professional)

Bulbolovo (bulbul in Slavakia) (alt URL?)

Desbladet (tracking Dutch Snökaos and Gavle goat burnings)

Filius Lunae Romance languages: Spanish, Catalan, French, Galician, Latin, Occitan, Portuguese, Romanian, Sardinian

Idiocentrism (Emerson in Oregon), Trollblog (NSFW), Haquelebac

Martian Spoken Here (French) (Siganus in Mauritius)

The Old Hack (Paul in France)

Poemas del Rio Wang (Spanish, sometimes) (Studiolum, a Hungarian)

John Cowan: minimalist home page | Recycled Knowledge blog

CJVLang (Bathrobe’s days of the week in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese), Sibagu (Bathrobe’s Bird Names in Oriental Languages-Mongolia, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam)

Tetradki:  A Russian review of Books (Sashura)


Endangered Languages and Cultures (by and for Australian linguists)

Fully (sic) (Crikey‘s language blog by linguists, for the public–Oz)

Language Johnson (The Economist‘s language blog)

On language (Ben Zimmer NYT), Visual Thesaurus, Facebook, Twitter

Speculative Grammarian (Satirical Linguistics)

Throw Grammar from the Train (Jan Freeman– Boston Globe The Word)


FlorealMente on Facebook


Iconic Photos.

The Kingston Lounge. Urban archeology.

Loic Brohard Photography (places and travel)

Arabia blogs

Maybe this is a good place to post a list of proxy servers by country and to mention Tor (oops, blocked in most of these blogs).

American Bedu

Blue Abaya

Crossroads Arabia

Dave’s internet cafe, general

David’s English



Expat focus

Sand Gets in my Eyes (blocked in Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Woman



Saudi TV ch1 official website streaming

South Shore commuter train schedule

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