Where to find good content to import
https://standardebooks.org/ they supports better ebooks than Project Gutenberg
i got my ideas
The French version of ZDNet?
in case it wasn't mentioned before for Indonesian - IndonesianPod101
The New York Times runs stories in both Spanish and Mandaran Chinese
For European Portuguese, a site i have found with short news stories which looks really useful: https://expresso.pt/
For Japanese - https://happylifestyle.com/
Language: Russian (stories, podcasts, audios, texts)
Developing my own resource and record stories, audios, blogs and so forth in Russian. I'm adding the content here step by step and I'm absolutely happy if ppl will share it here.
Have a good day everyone!:)
for french there is https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/, which provides valuable political articles, which are well-spoken.
It support videos and its transcript. Press free sources on the top and u gonna see everything.
after you sign up you can see lots of article about any topics. It made for educational purpose. so we can call their intermediate or c1 level. and they also spanish articles with their english translations
for advanced english readers. You can listen newspapers and journals
I suggest Lingoda materials, in the end of each presentatin it is written that the materials can be used for anz purpose. Thez have all 6 levels according CEFR in English, Deutsch, French, Spenish and Business English. I have imported these materials for myself already for levels C1-C2 for German and French. That is very beneficial for repeating the Vocabulary and the lesson overall. But audio is needed to make it sharable and there is no audio for these presentations.
This site features translation of Le Petit Prince in many languages. The link that I've included is Bulgarian, which hopefully I can soon import in to lingq.
It would be great, if one could add kindle ebooks that were purchased from amazon.
This is possible. Just follow these instructions here - https://www.lingq.com/blog/2016/06/07/how-to-import-and-study-ebooks-on-lingq/.
Hi Mark, RFI România has a lot of excellent content with audio and text and is updated daily! Well worth adding to the list.
If you open up an article and scroll to the bottom, you can see if there is also audio for that post.
Japanese Children's stories. Text and audio. http://hukumusume.com/douwa/index.html
For swedish free svt.se and free svenska.yle.fi
Are there any fables/folklore or children's stories in the public domain that can be imported for beginning levels? I am new to LingQ and am not finding interesting reading material in the Lessons. Thank You!!!
For Spanish, you can try these: https://es.wikisource.org/wiki/Portal:F%C3%A1bulas
Yle has a very good resource for beginning Finnish. It's called "Tosi helppoja selkouutisia" which is very easy news with audio and a transcript. Here is the url: https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/selkouutiset/tosi_helppoja_selkouutisia/7497023
Thank you, this project looks very promising and useful for language learners!
For Russian please add The Russian Synod 1876 Bible Old and New Testaments. https://www.bible.com/en-GB/bible/167/MAT.1.SYNOD
For English learners, www.mentalfloss.com might be a helpful source.
for free Portuguese books
For Danish: http://www.danskherognu.dk/
The page is supported by the (Danish) Ministry of Education's distribution funds
Danish Here and Now is a free online course in Danish for beginners. The program was developed with the support of the Ministry of Refugees, Immigrants and Integration.
I think www.wikipedia.org is a fairly good site to pull content from. It's a bit tedious manually importing these articles.
@Pancake833 - Just install and use the LingQ Importer browser extensions to import from Wikipedia with 1-click. You can find the links to download the extension for your preferred browser in the sidebar on the Lessons Home page under the Playlist.
I am uploading some greek Songtext, so I suggest "Songtext" as a new tag.
For Japanese https://newsinslowjapanese.com/
The articles com with slow and normal speed audio.
For Czech (upper beginner):
(Lots of interesting articles, some with grammar explanation. Ms. Harperová writes in an interesting and easy to read style).
As an european judge with interest in the common european language structures I would suggest the site of the European Court of Justice.
I have to admit, it is very special, but there might be some other judges and lawyers with similar interests in whole Europe!
I'd like to suggest a link to a Danish website:
This is a great place to get exciting, up-to-date scientific articles (for the layperson I should add), and it's 100 pct. free.
For Japanese, I found this youtube channel that has their videos transcripted. Maybe you could ask for permission to add the mp3 to these videos and the transcripts to lingq
Imparare le lingue con i podcast
Wow, how could I not have ever seen this site before? (and I don't see it in the resource section) (Swiss based hence site in choice of DE, FR, IT)
Sprachen lernen mit Podcasts:
Apprendre les langues étrangères avec des podcasts
Imparare le lingue con i podcast
Desktop site: http://www.podclub.ch/
Pink background follows text as audio plays on newer podcasts (not so on old archived podcasts) << sergeant stripes >> backs/advances audio. Clicking ANY sentence jumps audio to text (!). One site with podcasts in German, Swiss-German, Italian, French, Spanish and English. Each Podcast has a Glossary (Steve Kaufman's favorite word). in-app purchase available for optional $5.99 vocab feature (which I purchased for in Italian) - you can add words to it from the text in the app version. (one purchase for each Language) Printable text from website, downloadable audio. All FREE.
Daniel Léo Simpson
Unfortunately doesn't seem to be available in the US. Not on iTunes or Google Play Store. By the look of the website looks to be a great resource.
I would like to bump this thread for Japanese.... Steve has previously mentioned his trouble finding good Korean content..... but I am finding it much easier to find good Korean content than Japanese.... where I find myself mostly just endless click chases that get me nowhere... I'm desperate for transcripts of interesting Japanese content.
Sesam.nu easy swedish
Short, informative lessons with audio!
Deutsche Welle dw.com
- for example -
Hello all. For german I recommend the site: http://www.nachrichtenleicht.de/ I hope someone recommends for russian, though.
If your target language is German, and you are interested in Christian material. All books here at http://www.desiringgod.org/books/when-i-dont-desire-god are free online, and many of John Piper's books are translated into German, and also other languages.
please, add The Newyorker
Ok, we'll try to add it. If it works, it will start appearing in the next day or so.
I would love to see more Romanian content.
Found a new 'History for Children' podcast in Hebrew, no text, but the language is a bit slower and easier to understand than Ran Levi's work . So far they have ~20min each on Ben Gurion, Herzl, Washington and Eleanor Roosevelt http://www.kan.org.il/Podcast/program.aspx/?progId=2030
I frequently https://medium.com/ so often, they have many kind of subjects and are written by many peoples.
hello there. elpaís.es is also very good.
Another good Spanish resource with options for both intermediate and advanced. They have a wide variety of topics with audio and transcript. Completely free. www.veintemundos.com
http://podclub.ch/it/transmissioni/andrea-erzaehlt-d Excellent podcasts in 5 languages.
For audioboooks: https://www.febe.jp/search?q=%E6%9D%91%E4%B8%8A%E6%98%A5%E6%A8%B9
Mark, we should make an official content thread for languages. Like A thread just for German or Spanish or whatever where members can compile good podcasts and content for that language. One thing I have noticed is while the bigger languages like Spanish and French have lots of good content, the less popular languages like Korean and Turkish are lacking especially in low intermediate-intermediate content. I think expanding the libraries to cover the full progressive stepladder should be a big goal as lingq moves forward.
Greek would also need more content.
I really want the series of "Magic Tree House" could be added for the love of the kids. It will be great if the Audio could be added together.
This series is copyrighted. So you could buy it and import it into LingQ, but you have no permission to share it.
My daughter loved the "Magic Tree House" when she was 8 or 9 years old :)
I'm new to Lingq so not sure whether this is how it works but I found a great site for the bible in many languages. It has both audio files and text. I tried picking up Matthew Chapter 1 in French and it worked a treat. See https://www.wordproject.org/bibles/audio/07_french/b40.htm and https://www.wordproject.org/bibles/fr/40/1.htm for examples.
So would Lingq staff be willing to do the legwork and import the new testament in French for me and others to use?
There is a beginner friendly version of NHK News for Japanese learners. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/
do we can add VOA Learning English?
I use this as an app of my mobile. There is both a slowly recording and a written text in English.
I'd like to read current reports from BBC.
I think I found short stories, but I can''t really tell: http://gojun.knu.ac.kr/kosa.html and http://gojun.knu.ac.kr/board/list.html?code=%B0%ED%BB%E7%BC%BA%BE%EE&searchstr=%B0%A1&qu=str&page=1&category=&list_no=60
for those who learn Russian:
Short stories with sound file. A too many exercises surrounding the story but there's always Audacity http://hebrew-courses.com/
How about wikisource? Lots of great content in several languages.
News organizations which have an English version as well, with most though not all articles
articles on the current music scene
Army Radio, where many of Israel’s most left-wing reporters get their start
Unfortunately, these aren’t importable. They are graduated, and as I’m gradually typing in old issues for my private lessons, other people might be interested in buying and doing the same:
and without audio
http://novel.bookpal.co.kr/main for Korean. They have novels that are published chapter by chapter onto the site, and users can upvote them to the front page.
ChinesePod stuff is good..
"All materials available through this website are the property of Praxis Language or its licensors, and are protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws"
http://apprendre.tv5monde.com. Please add this one.
http://radioambulante.org/en/ for Spanish.
Pontapés na Gramática, a radio programme about common mistakes in European Portuguese:
Also available as a book:
Um programa de rádio sobre erros comuns em português europeu, e também disponível em livro.
Are you still using this 5 year old thread to add links?
I would like cistyzuby's suggested dictionary to be added:
Is there a specific page showing all the resources for Czech.
Sanne T. refers to an "import page." Where is it?
Many of the articles are available in multiple languages: http://www.project-syndicate.org/
very good material
Bien Dire Magazine
http://www.podclub.ch/it/ Podclub is great, available for a number of large languages... and free! I searched a little while ago, and I think no-one had mentioned this. There is material for the following languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian and French.
More interesting Spanish content at www.unperiodico.unal.edu.co from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. In the latest print issue, there are articles on a wide range of subjects, from 'Vida erotica en fragmentos de papel' to Çon microorganismos le sacan fosforo a las rocas.
I'm looking for some Italian sites to find free books in order to work with.
my suggest is http://learningenglish.voanews.com/
Cuidado com a Língua - videos in European Portuguese
I didn't notice the dates on the earlier posts. Where can we access the lists of material?
If you click on "Import Lesson" you find the list on the right sidepanel for each language. There are the resources that are copyright protected and that you can import for private purposes only.
These lists are pretty short. Nothing like the Chinese resources thread that has been happening recently. Also, the SBS note is not correct. SBS stands for Special Broadcasting Service.
This is a great idea! Being able to easily find these resources on the LingQ site will save members a lot of time just searching around at random.
ABC radio, Australia has a vast amount of material - radio programs transcribed.
For Norwegian: www.nrk.no
semana.com is the online content of the weekly magazine of Colombia, with a lot of material on current events and politics both national and international.
This thread ends with Chikaraishihara's comment in December, 2010.
"http://www.lingq.com/forum/3/8297/?page=5#post-185744" <--- This is what you are now looking at.
The title of the thread is the same. What's the difference?
A thread is divided into several pages, and without designating the page, you cannot go down to see the whole thread?
Swedish: https://sites.google.com/site/links4languages/swedish This site links to various areas of free content, including children's books, radio, news, etc. Also, this site http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/sv has hundreds of books available for free and in a bunch of different languages that can be uploaded
20 minutos desde Espana.
this page is really nice http://www.abc.net.au/am/default.htm
audio + transcript
Curso de Português/ Portuguese course
Online magazine with intermediate and advanced articles in Spanish.
Both the audio and the transcriptions are available.
My favourite author in Spanish is Laura Gallego, who writes adolescent fantasy-type books (which could be considered similar in level/style/subject to Harry Potter) and medieval-type stories. I have read 10 of her books and really enjoyed them all.
She has written many books and the first chapter of all her books are available for free download from her website. You can download them as .doc files, then import these into LingQ for reading. In particular I recommend Memorias de Idhún (a trilogy and her biggest success), El Libro de los Portales and Donde los Árboles Cantan.
@juliohart - This is actually a bit tricky to do, because you can't actually just extract the audio - you have to convert the video file into audio format. There are other sites that do this already, though - one that I'm familiar with is vidtomp3.com.
Quebec French video resources with transcript.
On a side note, may I suggest you add a feature for automatically extracting the audio mp3 from a youtube video link?
I often use "Swissinfo." It's available in 10 languages and it's wonderful. Some but not all the texts have audio with them. It also has value if you're interested in comparative linguistics, and I like to compare French articles with their Italian equivalents for example. http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng
Thanks, murf93, I will check it out. Always looking for good current events content.
Can it be helpful for Arabic & other languages?
it does have just the Italian text and there are some video footage to but I am not sure how to go about importing that there does not seem to be any links for just audio. but yes I have used it to import text only.
Yes, but I guess they don't have transcripts (not translations but the matching text in Italian), which can be imported into LingQ so you can look up and save the words you don't understand? Is it just audio and video?
there are various different news or other general things of Italian intrest in Italian only
@murf93 - Is there content there with transcripts you can import into LingQ?
a good site for all Italian content.
Of course, Deutsche Welle
Click on 'DW.DE in 30 languages' and select 'Chinese 中文'
An interesting site for science news in german:
@Ginkgo58 for Klartale.no for Norwegian. I use Google Chrome and I had to get a extension for Chrome. Windows Media Player Extension for HTML5 1.0. Then it works. I also suggest http://www.nrk.no/emne/korrespondentbrevet-1.7128824, this where some of the correspondents record podcasts covering their written letters.
@kristiansand How does one get the computerised reading to happen?
For spanish language text... World News.... El País (http://elpais.com/elpais/portada_america.html)
If this is a duplicate post, please accept my apologies and delete this (I looked, but didn't see it mentioned previously).
@mikebond - OK, we've added these :)
How about some resources that involve manga or anime? So far I've only found this.
@kristiansand - Sure, I have now added Klar Tale to the list of Norwegian resources found on the Import Lesson page.
I would like to suggest www.klartale.no for Norwegian. It has news and sports with computerized reading of the Norwegian text, but it would give a lot more material.
Business English with transcript
Regarding La Guinguette: Unfortunately, articles and accompanying audio cannot be imported nor downloaded for personal use without a subscription. I held a subscription for two years so have downloaded 95% of their archives. If anyone would like to read a particular article here on LingQ for private use, I’m happy to share.
3,400+ free English lessons with listening, multi-page printable worksheets and online quizzes.
There are lots of great Swedish video (with transcript) and audio programs at http://www.ur.se.
THanks a lot for French articles!
Mayby someone knows any resources of Polish articles to listen and to read?
http://www.laguinguette.com/ has a great archive of French articles.
Vladimir Besleaga, a Moldovan author posts text and audio of his novel, Voci, at this site (Radio Free Europe).
Also from Radio Free Europe. Jurnalul săptămânal would be especially great for LingQ. It consists of several paragraphs for each day in the week of a speaker's life. Text and audio.
Since this is from Radio Free Europe, it is probably very legal to use.
This site has a children's book. The audio can be downloaded by clicking on the word aici in the following text:
Istoria proiectului o puteti urmari citind posturile urmatoare: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
Iar rezultatul il puteti vedea aici (copertile cd-ului sunt aici – sau aici, in format pdf). Cd-ul poate fi copiat si distribuit fara modificari, dar nu poate fi utilizat in scopuri comerciale.
You might need to contact the owners. That last sentence says The CD may be copies and distributed without modification but may not be used for commercial purposes.
The text for the story is at http://habarnam.ro/aventurile+lui+habarnam/
I joined LingQ yesterday and so far I am very impressed!
@all - I have now added most of the resources listed above. Feel free to keep the suggestions coming!
@crusade - Thanks, I've now updated this URL so it should be working again.
I'd like to report that the link for Goethe-Institute under German Resources is currently invalid.
@skyblueteapot - freakonomics looks great. Thanks a lot for the link!
Audio is downloadable
Thanks a lot!!
It's interesting - I mean freakonomics!
I've just discovered that the Freakonomics podcasts have transcripts. These would be suitable for advanced English students. My husband listens to them a lot and recommends them highly: http://www.freakonomics.com/tag/freakonomics-podcast/
Yes, for people who speak Russian and are interested in politics it can be very interesting though I couldn't endure almost 5 hours of this Putin's interview!.. Two hours were for me more than enough!
Elliott's suggestion of Svoboda for Russian is quite good.
Doing a google video search for "http://www.svoboda.org/content/transcript/" seems to find the transcripted content quickly.
Perhaps I hadn't been sufficiently inquisitive on previous visits to the RFI website, but I have at last discovered several examples of matching text and audio for both Chinese (chinese.rfi.fr) and Russian (russian.rfi.fr). I believe the following are direct links to the pages of two weekly features:
The archives go back several months and 5 minutes seemed to be the approximate length of the texts when read.
Though I came away empty handed from the BBC's Russian and Chinese services. a bit of poking around revealed that some matching text and audio is available from Voice of America-Chinese* (voachinese.com) and Radio Free Europe-Russian* (svoboda.org), as well as Radio Canada International-Chinese (http://www.rcinet.ca/zh/category/a-l-affiche/emission/). While I had an easier time finding items with matching text and audio on the RFI sites than the others, even at RFI it took a good deal of exploration to hit upon those materials meeting the LingQ ideal.
(*To the best of my knowledge, both are still under the auspices of the USA's Broadcasting Board of Governors.)
Videos plus transcript in description
"G.L.O.S.S. online language lessons are developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills. GLOSS currently offers 2850 reading (RC) and listening (LC) lessons in 24 languages! More lessons are added every month… make sure you check them out."
Thanks for the suggestions! Both look very interesting :)
You can find these along with other great resources by going to Tasks --> Import Lesson.
A nice German site, you can find short video with transcript:
For bibliophiles: Video-interviews, transcripts, beautiful photos...
Hi Steve and Yvette
You can use Audacity to record just the audio.
No, not to my knowledge. I'll keep looking around, though.
Yvette, this is awesome. Is there any way to download the audio, just the audio?
Thanks, Mark :)
Thanks for the suggestion Yvette. I've added it to the list!
Alex, I don't see KBS NEWS (Not KBS World) listed in the resource section. I think KBS News would be a great add: www.kbsnews.com
There are tons of diverse topics in video form (news, current events, etc.) that all come with transcripts! The transcripts are 'printable' but one has to hang out there to listen and watch.
Thanks for sharing these links. I've added both of these sites now.
I would like to suggest France-Amerique. I like the articles, but a lot of times they are too hard to read more than a paragragh.
Hi all, I'm new here. It's nice to see so many people sharing resources with one another. Anyone interested in multilingual websites? :)
I would like to share this website with all of you: https://www.deutschland.de
I think the website is originally in German but you can chose to display the contents in the following languages:
English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (simplified) and Arabic
The thing I really like about this website is that you can find some identical articles in any of these seven languages. So you can check your understanding of an article written in a particular language by comparing the article with the article that is say written in your native language (e.g. German, English etc). So for the purpose of import, at any one time, one language can be your source language and the other can be your target language. :)
The only downside of this website - no audio files.
Thanks, it works!
These are actually only links to resources, not providers. You can add a new provider by going to import a lesson then clicking on "Share this lesson" and clicking on "+Add New" next to the Provider dropdown list. If you're importing lessons for private use, though, you won't actually need to add a provider.
I can see that the proposed two items appeared in the list of providers. However, they are missing in the drop-down provider list by the importing. What can I do? How may I choose correctly a new provider?
@alex - many thanks!
@evgueny40 - yes, I noticed that you have a lot of material collected, of course I will first check
It's OK, but my advice is: before importing from other resources look through in the library of Lingq - at least in the English and Russian libraries of LingQ we have a lot of diffirent and interesting materials.
@russischergeist - Thanks for the suggestions, I've now added these to the list :)
Hello dear admin-team.
I would suggest two projects, which could be used as providers to link to materials on the Russian language:
http://audiopedia.su/ - non-commercial project with the old records on Russian: school materials, lectures, stories, reading books - all from the old broadcasting
http://www.inosmi.ru/ - news, that originally translated from different languages (with the source links) into Russian (sometimes with video)
The copyright information: "Все права защищены и охраняются законом.
При полном или частичном использовании материалов ссылка на ИноСМИ.Ru обязательна (в интернете — гиперссылка)." -> All rights reserved. By full or partial use of materials the reference to InoSMI.Ru required (on the Internet - a hyperlink)
So, I understand that the materials from inosmi can be used
Perfect title, Alex! Thanks for adding it. : )
Thanks for the recommendation, Yvette. I've added a link to this as well. I didn't quite know what to call it, so hopefully "Beginner and Intermediate Textbooks" is OK. If you have a better name for it just let me know :)
PDF's and Audio Files are entirely in Korean for beginners, intermediate 1, intermediate 2
Excellent suggestion, pambotelho! I've now added a link to this channel for all the appropriate languages.
This youtube channel is all about reading and listening, they have stories in over 30 languages, including Hebrew. The video, audio and text are synchronized with same language subtitles, on the webpage www.bookbox.com you can find and download the pdf and if you want the videos with transliteration you can do through the website too.
thanks i did,and im about to finish all the lessons in this site,please if you know another sites with audios,help me to find it,and i tried to look at sha'ar lamathil but i couldn't do it
thank you imyirtseshem,the is perfect ,sure i'll use it in my study,but is there aproblem in listening?
hello everybody,i'm anew member in lingq,i'm learning hebrew,i've aproblem that hebrew is not supported by lingq,so can you help me to find any resource to import lessons,and i need any audio lessons,thanks alot.
I came across this online tool for downloading youtube subtitles today.
Getting Youtube subtitles
Remember to select your language in the choose language section, otherwise you may get a translated result instead of the original.
Now if I could just find a reliable way to search for just the content with original subtitles in my target language...
Разные языки - different languages
In my opinion, Google News is worth mentioning on top of the lists of recommended Resources on Import pages for each language here on LingQ.
I would also like to suggest this list of News resources to be listed on the Import pages for learners of Russian:
Have a look at the Lingq. library!
Vera had imported some lessons from "listen to english"
I very like this
Thanks for the suggestions. I've now added presseurop.eu, courrierinternational.com and subtitry.ru to the list.
Best collection of Russian film subtitles i have found so far is at: http://subtitry.ru/subtitles.php
Hi, guys! Can you add Presseurop (www.presseurop.eu) as a resource for the available languages (Italian, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Polish, Dutch)?
Courrier International (a weekly magazine with articles from all over the world translated into French) is very useful, too. The newspaper is in French, but the web edition often includes the links to the original articles.
I, too, am noticing that this site (http://free-books.us.to/) doesn't seem to want to load. Has it always been this way? If so, I'm hesitant to add it to the list of resources if it regularly times out...
eugrus, Well, the thought crossed my mind, but my brother, who lives in another U.S. state, tried this yesterday and it worked for him. Nevertheless, you could be right. I'm not setup to do that right now, but should I try it, I'll let you know how it works. Thanks much!
@Ernie Try using a foreign VPN or proxy.
Thanks, all (eugrus, donhamilton, Imyirtseshem) for the help. I still haven't got the page to load--Google waits awhile and then substitutes a Google e-book search page. I've tried enough for today (clearing my cache, &c, using a different browser, and so on). Perhaps another time. Thanks again!
Worked for me too.
@Ernie I do. Here is a screenshot: http://i32.fastpic.ru/big/2012/0304/4a/4587a4d54e1e9547cbfeefc4ec5ae34a.jpg
@Ernie I reached the site at "http://free-books.us.to" both yesterday and today.
Yesterday the home page loaded right away. Today only a blank page loaded the first couple of times I tried.
Then, after a few minutes, the home page loaded, the search function worked and I successfully downloaded a book.
@eugrus Thank you for the link.
eugrus, Thanks for the links! Do you actually reach a site with the URL "http://free-books.us.to"? I keep being redirected to "books.google.com", which is the "google books" site--pdfs (etc.) of books digitized from university libraries. I'm using Google Chrome; perhaps the browser is interfering . . .
[altered the note to remove a comment in Russian, as the thread is in English.]
Also useful, but only for works in Spanish, is http://www.librodot.com/
I came across this e-book search engine: http://free-books.us.to (indexes free ones)
Distinct categories exist for English, Italian, Polish, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, German and Romanian, but it indexes books in other languages as well.
Thanks for the suggestion, eugrus. Flibusta is now on the list of resources for Russian.
I've thought that http://flibusta.net (an online library) could be a good resource to list on the Russian import page!
@Alex - there's also an English version using the same system ( http://en.podcastle.jp/ ) but it seems a lot less reliable at the minute, maybe once it's matured a bit more as a project it will be more reliable. Unfortunately this is the only website of this kind that I know of, but I'll keep an eye out in case there are any other for other languages.
@mikebond - I've now added Euronews in the remaining few languages. Enjoy :)
@Lyise - That's a super cool website. I don't study Japanese, but it's an amazing resource nonetheless. I wonder if something like this is available for other languages, too...
I've just found http://podcastle.jp which looks like it might be great for Japanese learners - it's a website that downloads a lot of different podcasts, then puts them through a Speech-To-Text program and puts them online for users to correct (like most STT it isn't perfect, but it's a good start). It makes it quite a useful resource for learners, especially if you pick a podcast which has been reviewed by others.
Does anyone have an idea on what to import as a beginner's course for Hebrew?
I know the alphabet, but that is it.
Eli edizioni, an Italian publisher, issues graded magazines in several languages (meant for school teachers and students):
The magazines are not free, of course, but they are not too expensive. They have them for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Latin.
This is the website where they can be bought: http://eli.pdn.ipublishcentral.com/
It may be useful if you added this resource for all the languages.
Sure thing, I'll add this in a bit.
Alex, could you add Euronews as a resource for all the available languages we have on LingQs (Polish, Arabic, Turkish among others)?
The link to Swedish resource 8 Sidor has on the page
Alex, I clicked in the link to suggest TED as a new provider - and I came here... And I still don't succed in sharing my lessons from TED, only as private. I have three lessons that could be in the library, and they are interesting, but... when I press share, it comes In the LingQ, I click, and it already comes as private...
I have just listened to the Catulli carmina and must say that the readers barely respect the rules for stressed (long) syllables. It's as if the reader was reading prose.
@Zinda - I've replied to your post in another thread: http://bit.ly/qGjcY1
To clarify, though, you are free to add a new provider if a provider doesn't appear on the list. Just be sure that either (1) the content isn't copyrighted or (2) if it is copyrighted, that you have been given permission to upload it on LingQ.
I was said that TED Talks allows LingQ to import theirs talks. If so, why TED is not in the list of the providers? I had already imported and share lessons from there, but now I don't succed anymory in sharing, only as private, because TED is not in the list, and only stuff from providers that are in the list can be shared. There are very interesting speeches there.
There are some simple rules for scansions which could be explained in the lesson notes and then it's just listening, listening and listening. I'll see if I can start a collection of poems to exemplify the verse patterns.
Is it possible to add scansions for the latin poems?
It would be nice.
Awesome Russian movie page. They have lots of modern films with a variety of subtitles (including English and Russian).
Learning English, an article read with my pronounciation in English would not be good for persons trying to learn Englis... But I will try to find this directory, to find good articles to read. Thank you very much.
And, if someone agrees in doing the audio, I can upload the texts.
What about article directories like Ezine Articles?
They have a huge amount of articles in a wide range of topics.
The learners could choose the topics that they are interested in and the providers could record the lessons.
Usually these article directories do not bother about copying their content once you mention the original link of the article.
By the way, there are article directories in many languages.
Just have to be careful with the 'ads' in the middle of the article.
Either way, the provider could just read many articles on one topic, select ideas and create his own unique articles. This should not be difficuld since the person is reading about a topic that he has interest in.
Thank you, Alex. So, this is the link, Oscar: http://www.lingq.com/learn/en/store/62453/139051/buy/. And thank you for inviting me as a friend, I have already accepted.
If you are interested in animal comunication and in neuroscience, I have a lot of interesting lectures in video on my computer, but I must see wheter I can find the text and the audio for them. I don't know if they are copyrighted, either, though they'are in YouTube. But I can always put the links on your page.
Don't worry, the lesson shows up in your Recent Activity on your profile page. By the way, to share the lesson URL, make sure to grab the URL from the bottom that ends in "/buy/".
I am not sure, because I firstly save to my lessons, and them I shared it. But the name of the lesson stars with TED Talks, and afterthat it comes : Susan Savage-Rumbaugh on apes. And the link to the lesson, in my list of lessons, is that:
Zinda, could you please tell us what the link is to the collection in the library?
Yes, Oscar, I'd already done it, what I didn't know how to do was import the video to here. But I found out. Thank you very much. The lesson is already in the Library. It is worthy to see it, it is very interesting to see what another species can do when stimulated.
Zinda, what Alex said is the best way to do it. Anyway, in case you want to save the mp3 in your computer, have you tried to click with the right mouse button over the link and select "Save link as..."?
When importing a lesson, there's the option to upload an audio file right beneath the "Text" section. Just click on "Choose file" or "Browse..." then locate the file on your computer and upload it.
For more detailed information, be sure to check out the Import Help page (http://www.lingq.com/help/import/).
Alex, I've gone to the site Oscar suggested (thank you, Oscar); but there is still a problem that I don't know how to solve. In that site we find the links for the audios, but, when we click on the links, the audio is open directly on the player, and there isn't a page whose link I could copy to give the information here. I copied the audio to my computer, is there a way to upload it here directly from my computer?
Thanks, Oscar. This sure does make it easier to get those audio files :)
Alex and others,
You can download the mp3 files of the TED talks from here:
Hope it helps
In the case of the TED talks, you will need to download the video and extract the audio. It may require a few steps, but is likely worth it since TED talks are always quite inspiring.
If you find any duplicated lessons, the best thing to do is either email us or flag the lessons. It's fairly time consuming to hunt through the library ourselves to find such content, so we appreciate any heads up about this type of stuff!
I've searched in the library, but this talk is not mentionned there.
@Zinda: There are a lot of the TED-Talks in the library. Search for TED in the library search. Make sure that you only upload lessons that are not in the library now.
Alex: There are duplicated items of TED in the library.
Alex, I've imported the talk, and I would like to share it, because I think it is very interesting, but it was not been accepted because there was not an audio. But there is a video, with the audio together! And also there is the transcription.
How can I do this? I'm a beginner here, and I've never imported anything. I have a very interesting lecture from them, about Kanzi, the bonobo that understands oral English; but there is no text, it is accepted like this?
You are free to upload TED talks on LingQ, as they have given us permission to do so :)
I suggest some academic lectures. There are many of that in YouTube, but I never know if they are copyrighted or not. Don't the american universities have public material? I woul like very much to lissen about neuroscience, animal communication and language acquisition.
I don't know wheter TED talks are copyrighted, but if not, there are very interesting contend; I don't know if the texts are available, though.
@Nottis: There is an article about Jehovah's Witnesses in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah%E2%80%99s_Witnesses
Very interesting texts and audio on 40 languages for free. I'd like to read whole Bible too.
@rae68: Do you refer to my post on the bottom of page 1?
All suggestions are integrated on the Import page now.
Thanks for the last two suggestions, Vera. I have found some interesting and accessible articles in these newspapers. I agree that integrating such suggestions into the system would be really useful.
the web-site of information for kids (Age 7-13).
This site is nice for learners (A1-A2) to read short articles.
ViewsHound looks like an excellent site! I've added it to the list of resources :)
Relatively new, current affairs and short topical articles.
i've had a quick look round for ways to rip media, i'll have to ask some of my techy friends. I'm sure it's possible, though i guess easier to get ready made audio from Echo Mockvi... just want what i can't have : )
My husband has an mp3 player he can just plug into a computer and rip the audio output in real-time.
I don't know if he has a software-based alternative.
Russian news site. They have transcriptions of the short video reports there. Very cool. If only I was clever enough to be able to rip the sound from the flash video?
Anyhow, useful all the same.
Thanks for the suggestions! I've now added a couple of them to the Resources section.
@roan - I added a link to the HTLAL post, since all of the other resources you mention are listed in that blog post.
@actionhank - While I'm sure this is a great resource, it is severely limited to those outside of the UK so I'll refrain from adding it for now.
A wealth of mandarin is here: http://www.chinesestoriesplatform.com/index.php
has some good stuff for french. I don't know if its available outside the UK though....
Sherlock Holmes in Japanese! Thank you, @roan!
There are a lot of Japanese resources listed here:
Specifically a lot of audio of well known literature
http://portal.podcastjuice.jp/dirretrieval/category_sort.cgi ?categoryid=17 (List of Audio Podcasts)
http://www.alz.jp/221b/sound.html (List of Audio Podcasts)
http://www.bauddha.net/ (Parallel Texts)
http://homepage2.nifty.com/to-saga/roudoku2.htm Extensive list of online resources.
http://www13.ocn.ne.jp/~k-net/ Japanese Literature in Romaji
Ah! Thank you. I was looking for it in the Import Lesson pages but couldn't find it. I see it now on my My Imports shelf.
You can find the list of resources on the Import Lesson or Collection pages as well as at the bottom of the My Imports shelf in the Library.
List? What list?
Do you have a list of Japanese resources somewhere? If so, could you give us the link please?
Content not for import, but a great place to hang out and get some fine input.
Interviews on video with PDF transcriptions at Interlignes
Thanks, guys. I've added these resources :)
Le jounal des enfants
Very nice news resource for Beginners or Intermediate learners
I think this is a real good one:
Great, guys! Thanks for the resources. We'll add them to the Resources section of the Import page soon. Keep them coming!
Don't know if this has been suggested already, but it's a great site, dual texts, plus audio for loads of classic russian poetry.
Thank you both for the great resources. I've sent an email to both bigvisionpodcast and allbusiness.com to request permission to upload their content to our site.
If they refuse then we will just link to them in the Resources section of the import page so that users can import the lessons and use them privately.
I've just found business&finance podcasts (English) with transcripts :))
Oh, I have never asked the producers. I have just imported some into ''my lessons''.
Yeah.I have done some. It's great for English learners on Lingq to be able to get the interviews from Lingq-library! Content of the interview is interesting I believe. Thanks!
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. I've added these resources (with the exception of a couple).
@chikaraishihara - I'd like to ask the producers of Big Vision Podcast if we can import their stuff into our library. Have you already done this?
Nice children's story in English and Chinese (both with audio):
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
I've found this amazing Italian webTV, it's all about technology, tech gadgets and software. They have thousands of videos, all of them come with transcriptions
There are even some english videos (mostly from CNET) subtitled in Italian.
I couldn't import them because they are copyrighted, and they did not allow me to put them on LingQ. But still it's a great resource.
Videos in Italian with transcriptions:
Free podcast with transcript for French learners (maybe including English) on Radio France International
le talisman brisé
L'affaire du coffret
Thanks, I've added this to the list.
Newsweek Japan is good if you want just text. The articles are well laid out, instantly familiar if you read the English version and it isn't quite as intimidating as when you look at a Japanese newspaper.
No audio though unfortunately.
learnchinesepod.com contains audio lessons that include a lot of English. However, the biggest issue is that there is no Chinese text on the site. Pinyin can be imported, but it doesn't work well with LingQing.
I've added Rhinospike to each respective language. Clavis Sinica is already shared in its entirety on the Library. I added dhcca.org, but the other sites, while offering good resources, have little or no importable text that I could find.
For many, many languages - Rhinospike offers texts plus audios in different levels and quality. Sometimes the same text was recorded by different people.
You may request to have your own texts recorded, but you never know when you will get the mp3 and in what quality...
You may also do recordings in your native language to help others and shift your own requests a bit upwards in the list
Free podcast with pynyin transcript for Chinese learners in English
（for absolute beginners)
You can download all the mp3 audio files as well as PDF transcripts on the following address.
And the last one for today:
Chinese Voices Project
A collection of mini-essays with mp3 audio for students of Chinese language and culture from Clavis Sinica
Conversational Mandarin Chinese Online
developed by Dr.Tianwei Xie,
Dept.of AAAS California State University, Long Beach
15 units (dialogues and mp3's)
From Oxford University:
Multimedia Chinese Language:
A supplementary Chinese course at elementary-intermediate level
Each lesson consists of the following standard sections:
Video and text
Listening and speaking
has a lot of stories and other material (but mostly without audios) for children:
儿童文学 (Children's Literature)
儿童笑话 (Children's Jokes)
Thanks, I've added this one too.
I'm sure all the techies will enjoy looking in the source code, but the rest should still have no problem listening to the audio on Rutgers' site.
A Chinese Course with audios and dialogues (simpl./trad.) from Rutgers University
The audios are a bit difficult to download, but it's possible if one looks into the page source text.
hape, I added your suggestions to the list of resources. Pretty cool!
dilemme, I went through your suggested resources and found that very few of them had Chinese text or pure Chinese content. The videos/clips were filled with Japanese and English, which is not ideal for importing and studying on LingQ. However, I did add Bitex, as it definitely seems useful. Please let me know if any of the others have pure Chinese text or pure Chinese audio w/ transcript.
I'm sure these sites can be useful to members (especially those who are Japanese), so you might even want to post some of them on a separate thread.
free podcast with transcript for Chinese learners in English
Learn Chinese | LearnchinesePod.com
free podcast with transcript for Chinese learnersin in French
free podcast with transcript for Chinese learnersin in Japanese
Bitex (News in Chinese)
Netchai (News in Chinese)
hape, thank you very much for information.
I know many contents to import, but they are written in Japanese.
However, I found the following site for learning Chinese written in various languages
One more link to free podcasts with transcript for Chinese learners:
Very good Chinese videocasts "Cultural Interviews with Chinese-Speaking Professionals" (for Intermediate+ learners)
Cultural Interviews with Chinese-Speaking Professionals is a compilation of brief video clips in which Chinese-speaking professionals discuss cultural issues that are of interest to North Americans. The objective of the interviews is three-fold: First, provide practical cultural information about business topics. The opinions represent those of real people. At times they are even contradictory, but they are designed to be a catalyst for discussion, not a definitive answer about some stereotype. Second, the interviews provide vocabulary in areas within a professional setting. The interviews present diverse vocabulary within the context of each individual's comments. Third, these materials provide non-native speakers of Chinese with multiple examples of natural speech, illustrating the way that speakers really talk.
Created by Orlando R. Kelm (University of Texas at Austin), Haidan Wang (University of Hawaii) and Jeanette Chen (University of Texas at Austin).
I didn't realize the transcripts were only available to paying members. I do agree with you that the site (and its sister sites) use too much English. What you say makes a lot of sense, so I've removed the site from the list (along with KoreanClass101).
To all others, we're still open to any suggestions you may have for sites with good content!
Hi Alex, I disagree. Have you really checked the site?
I've signed up, and I listened to some podcasts to give them a chance. The podcasts includes a lot of English, and some of the speakers are non-native speakers. I know that Steve recommend to use material that is only in the target language. There method is quite different from the LingQ method. If people like it, it is fine. But it shouldn't be in our list of resources that we can use for import.
I checked some of there lessons and courses. You can only listen to the first 3 lessons of a course as a free member. And the transcript is only available for paying members. Free members have the full functionality for 7 days only.
I've added dradio.de to the list -- Thanks for the suggestion!
As GermanPod101 has a lot of useful content, it will stay on the list for now. People can decide for themselves which resources they prefer. I know that I don't like KoreanClass101.com, but a coworker has been doing well using their content in collaboration with LingQ, so we figure it's better to give more options than fewer.
Andersen Stories also offers side-by-side translations in several languages offered on LingQ, and this may be of interest to some users.
I've corrected the typo; thanks for pointing that out :)
Hi Alex, I wouldn't recommend "GermanPod101". I suggest to delete it from the list. You have to sign up. What I dislike the most ist that it comes with lots of advertisement asking you for signing up for a paying membership. I think we should only suggest material with direct access.
There is a typo: Librivox, not Librovox.
Instead of "Andersen Stories" I would recommend http://www.dradio.de/. There is no need for a special link to Andersens Stories because "Projekt Gutenberg" and Librivox include his stories too.
Thanks defsoad, these two have been added :)
I've added the other site you suggested, along with many others from the spreadsheet mentioned in this thread: http://www.lingq.com/learn/en/forum/1/8980/
@Bortrun, @Jamie: The resources that you recommend here are added to the links on the import page. You can suggest a link here, and Alex add the link to the list of resources that is shown on the import page. Click on "Import lesson", and you'll see the links.
@Alex: Thank you for adding "welt.de". You should add the other site too. It is: http://www.zeit.de/index (German)
Some website suggestions for French content:
* Le Monde
* Le Figaro
* Toute la presse en ligne
* TV5 Monde
* Deutsche Welle FR
* Wikipédia FR
* Project Gutenberg FR
* Ebooks libres et gratuits
* Livres pour tous
* Litterature audio.com
If people are going to go to the trouble of recommending content it is important that we not "miss" them.
Vera, I must've missed your post. I've now added welt.de to the list.
americanrhetoric.com is also a great site, and I've added that too.
I wonder why you didn't add my suggestions for German.
I agree it needs to be incorporated within the LingQ system. Threads like this just disappear once people stop updating them.
We had a google document with suggestions one or two years ago. The problem was
a) it was not implemented into the system, and newcomers didn't notice it
b) people add poor sources (for example it occured to me that in the German table were some resources created and spoken by non-native speakers and a lot of mistakes)
Perhaps we could have a resources forum with different topics for different languages, and people can just add resources when they find them.
The Simple English wikipedia is useful for learners.
Thanks everyone for suggesting places to find content! I've added some suggested resources for each language, but it's tough to find good content for some languages (especially considering I don't speak most of them!). Ideal suggestions will include quality text that people can import and read.
Keep the suggestions coming, and please let me know if any of the resources that I added are not useful!
Reading further at the PageByPageBooks site, I see that they do apply a copyright to what they have done with the books after publication and they claim to sometimes have altered the text a bit. Definitely okay for a personal library, may be a bit trickier for those who wish to share this content, but perhaps permission could be obtained.
Aesop's fables in English.
Many other books, listed by author including but not limited to the Wizard of Oz books, Jack London, Mary Shelley, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, and my favorite, P G Wodehouse. Plus a number of inaugural addresses and speeches by US presidents.
All are public domain books, all are divided nicely into chapters and would be fairly easy to copy and paste, which you will do by chapter, and not by page.
ChinesePod stuff is protected by copyright: http://chinesepod.com/terms
"All materials available through this website are the property of Praxis Language or its licensors, and are protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws"
One exception, though, see footnote:
*ChinesePod lessons 1-1127 only: MP3 lesson content is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Unported license."
History and politics:
Photography: I have a lot of nice sites I go to, but most of them are pretty heavy on images, and lighter on the text, so it was hard to find suitable ones.
This is a collection of articles which were deleted from wikihow because they were not meant seriously. Some are pretty funny. May or may not be useful to those who want to get some exposure to casual phraseology.
Another possible site for humor would be uncyclopedia, though that one may be overrun with the raunchier offerings, and it would be hard for a novice to know which is which, perhaps.
Whether or not that particular site is good, I am throwing the humor option out there as it may lead others to think of suitable sites which the LingQers might find enjoyable. I don't spend a lot of time in the English library, so I am not entirely sure what kinds of articles we might already have in there.
I don't know whether we will integrate with their API but if members wanted to import and share some ChinesePod dialogues with proper attribution, is that something that CP allows? Or, would their stuff by copyright and strictly something users can import for themselves?
Just a few minutes ago I made the first of what I intend to be many lessons from elementary ChinesePod. Because this is paid content, this material is protected by copyright. I would, however, be willing to share them with people who become friends and ask me for the links. I am intending to make one or two of these lessons almost every day. Here is the link to to first one, as an example. http://www.lingq.com/learn/zh/workdesk/item/8707015/reader/ Hopefully posting this will not get me into trouble.
We'll look into ChinesePod.
Could you use ChinesePod's API so that people can import content here and learn it?
video and transcript
Some of the news and interviews is provided with audio and transcript. Recently I often import some of the news and interviews and listen and read at LingQ.
video and transcript. This is my favorite one.
Daily shows except Saturday and Sunday.
audio and transcript. Weekly talk show about high tech.
Hope this helps.
For English: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/
Very very good radio magazine program covering a wide range of topics, mostly centered on the lives of everyday Americans. Audio and transcript available.
What we're looking for here is mostly sites with text only which will be good for people to import. If there is audio too, that is a bonus. Audio only is not relevant here.
Oh, sorry I'm still confused over the whole importing thing. I thought it was going to be set up like the Lingq lessons.
Those both look like good sites. We don't need permission if users are just going to import into their own accounts. It's only when sharing lessons in the Library that you need permission. Here, we are looking for good sites for people to find content to import, copyrighted or otherwise. For instance, cnn.com or bbc etc..
That's if the owners of that site were to give Lingq permission to use some of their content.
Thanks! That is a fantastic site. I'll be using that to import!
wikihow.com comes in a number of languages and offers a huge library of interesting how-to content. I have more information if you wish to email me about it.
No, for now the links will be suggested here and we will add the best ones. If we can have up to 10 links per language, that will be great for most users.
Hi Mark, will members be able to add those links as well?