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Modern Languages

Language courses give you the opportunity to explore the history, art, literature and culture of different countries, which will enable you to communicate clearly and become more globally-minded.
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Application Resources

Here are some general resources related to Modern Languages. These should be a useful introduction, regardless of which Modern Languages-related course you’re interested in and where you might want to study it.

General resources

Grammar and Vocabulary books πŸ”— This is the website of the official seller of useful vocabulary books in a variety of languages. Cheaper second-hand versions can be found online, or even pdf versions.

The New Penguin Parallel Texts Series πŸ”— These are collections of short stories by literary authors (meaning they are written at a challenging language level) with side-by-side English translations. They could be particularly useful for beginning a new language as a way of building vocabulary and fluency quickly.

Reverso, an online translator πŸ”— Really useful for translating idiomatic phrases.

Quizlet πŸ”— A great way to test your vocab.

Resources for Italian

Monolingual dictionary πŸ”— This is a useful Italian dictionary.

Repubblica πŸ”—
Corriere πŸ”—
FreedaMedia πŸ”—
These blogs/news sites are a great way to immerse yourself in real language use.

News websites πŸ”— 🌟 This contains links to various online news channels in Italian. Although they can be quite difficult to watch at first, they are useful with subtitles for improving listening skills.

The Soluzioni grammar workbook πŸ”— is used by many universities in the first year of the course, although it can be pricey to purchase outright.

Resources for Spanish

Monolingual dictionary πŸ”— This is a useful Spanish dictionary.

Spanish news website πŸ”— 🌟 The opinion section is particularly useful!

Colby Education πŸ”— This website is good for grammar exercises in Spanish.

Conjuguemos πŸ”— Great for practising verb conjugation.

Short stories πŸ”— 🌟 These stories are perfect for vocab practice - use an online dictionary when you come across any unfamiliar vocabulary!

Books such as β€˜A Spanish Learning Grammar’ and β€˜A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish’ may be useful too.

Resource for Russian

Books such as:
β€˜A Comprehensive Russian Grammar’ by Terrence Wade
β€˜Colloquial Russian’ by Svetlana le Fleming and Susan Kay

Resources for German

Monolingual dictionary πŸ”— This is is a useful German dictionary.

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