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Free Online Language Dictionaries!

Here are some free online sites that do word look-ups, translations, verb conjugations, noun and adjective declensions, and more.

  • Language Dictionaries  
    Need a word or phrase translated to or from English? Try this free website with 15 languages (click the (i) to see which). Also note its other great feature: the verb conjugator, which will give you a full conjugation in all tenses for Spanish, French, and Italian verbs.
  • Sensagent Conjugator
    This tool conjugates verbs and provides gender and plural endings for nouns and adjectives. It offers this for French, German, Italian, Spanish, and English.

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Here you will find a collection of resources that may prove useful for your research in modern foreign languages and literatures (other than English). If you have suggestions for additional content for this guide, don't hesitate to let us know! The Feedback box at the bottom of the right-hand column is a good way to do this.

You may also want to check the website for Northeastern's World Languages Center, which contains other helpful information related to the study of languages at Northeastern. In addition, try the website of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures or of the Linguistics Program.

Learn or Practice a Language

  • Duolingo
    Free online language courses in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Create an account with your email address or log in via Facebook (this lets you connect and compete with your Facebook friends). Also offers apps for Android and iPhone/iPad.
  • BBC: Free Language Lessons
    The BBC offers a wealth of free language lessons and tools on this site, for a variety of languages. Watch videos, subscribe to phrase-a-day RSS feeds, see vocabulary lists, sign up for email tips, and more.
  • Online Language Materials from the US Foreign Service Institute  
    This site offers texts (in PDF) and accompanying audio files (in MP3) from the US Foreign Service Institute's language courses. These courses are given to Foreign Service members who are headed overseas, to give them a very practical grounding in the local language. But since it's from the US government, the materials are open to the public online!
  • List of Free Online Language Lessons ( has compiled a list of free online courses or lessons in a variety of languages. Worth exploring to see what's available in the language you want to learn.

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