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Irish Resources, Free on the BBC Site

5 Irish, Audio Lessons, News, Radio/TV/Video/Film, Websites, Kids

The BBC website offers free Irish lessons. I am only just beginning to familiarize myself with the site, but I believe there are three levels available—Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. I tried the first lesson from Level 1 and liked it!…

Nowy Dziennik Is Available at Newsstands All Over My New York Neighborhood

Polish, News, Websites

Launched in 1971, Nowy Dziennik Polish Daily News is a Polish-language daily newspaper (daily except for Sunday, that is). Its print edition—which is distributed mostly in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut—is broadly available at newsstands in…

A Useful Collection of News Links

5 French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, News, Websites

On the MIT website is an easily navigable and appealing list of free foreign-language newspaper sites. They are categorized by language and draw from countries around the globe. Languages include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. … You Can Go for French Radio, or Estonian, or Greek, or Portuguese, or Something Else Altogether!

5 Dutch, English, French, General, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, News, Radio/TV/Video/Film, Websites

A valuable resource for language learners, the website has a formidable collection of links to more than 4,000 European radio stations streaming live on the web in many languages. I have used to access German and French…

Walking While Reading El Diario: Look Before You Cross!

4 Spanish, News, Websites

The newspaper El Diario, available in print and online, is the largest, oldest Spanish-language daily in New York City. When I was working on my Spanish, reading El Diario was an extremely…

Jerusalem Post IVRIT: News While You Learn

Hebrew, News

The Jerusalem Post IVRIT, billed as a “high standard magazine in easy Hebrew for the whole family,” was recommended by a reader. I am not familiar with it myself, but reading foreign-language news is in general a great…

A Moment in Television Time, 2009

4 Italian, News, Radio/TV/Video/Film

When I was studying Italian in 2009 and 2010, the Italian channel RAI was 554 in Manhattan with Time Warner Cable. I don’t know how much it costs currently, nor do I know what other cable companies you might be able to…

Portuguese American Journal: Yeah, It's in English, But Cultural Background Helps!

Portuguese, News, Websites

Portuguese American Journal is an online publication “dedicated to the Portuguese-American heritage with the purpose of informing and offering an insight into the Portuguese-American experience.”  The publication is written in English, so it won’t…

ChinaFile, for the Latest News on China

Mandarin, News, Websites

This publication is in English, but it has a lot to say about China! Cultural context always helps with language learning. According to its Facebook page, ChinaFile is “an online magazine of original and carefully curated reporting in words, pictures…