Language Resources & Translation

Language Resources & Translation

Classical and Opera singers are often expected to sing in more than one language and with the growing trend in Musical Theatre, Rock and Pop for combining music styles, a command of another language whilst not essential is a desirable asset.  So to help our users and international friends we have decided to dedicate this section to resources providing online language learning. Also take a look at the Diction for Singers and Books section which contains books on diction, phonetics, interpretation and language translation for singers.

Singers requiring the services of a qualified translator can try both The Institute of Linguists and the Institute of Translating & Interpreting who both have databases of qualified translators on their websites.

Please note that the authors of this site only speak english, therefore we are unable to answer questions regarding phrasing or translation!  We would appreciate any information on sites providing this service or information which would aid fellow singers…….Cheers!
Online dictionaries, thesaurus, translator & free software that works with their sites.

Diction Domain Homepage
An interesting resource for speech and song specialists who want to know how to pronounce absolutely everything in practically any language. Includes a very useful, specially devised IPS (International Phonetic Symbols) ASCII Equivalents Table that enables you to discuss pronunciations via your computer screen and the Internet.

Home of the best free language dictionary download on the net, available for 38 different languages, they also offer free online translation, foreign language character fonts for download and links to other language resources.

Free Translation
Translate a web page, text, word or sentance into several languages free online.

Finding Vocal Music Translations
resources from Crouch Music & Fine Arts Library, Baylor University

First International Collection of Tongue Twisters
Challenging tongue twisters in 56 different languages, including a listing of 257 English tongue twisters.

German Dictionary
Supplied by the Informatics Department of the Technische Universitat in Munich.

IDEA International Dialects of English Archive
By Paul Meier & Shawn Muller of the University of Kansas is a resource for dialect coaches. Site provides MP3 samples which you can hear by downloading free software.

International Phonetic Association
web site The IPA features many great resources, including information on where to find IPA fonts on the net, some of which you can get for free!

Language Vision
Fully functional downloadable demo speech therapy software for Windows 95, 98 or NT computers. The Vowel Target helps clients/students working on matching vowel sounds.

Dedicated to learners and teachers of French, Spanish and German, Italian, Russian and Japanese with hundreds of links to online language-learning material for specific skills practice or broader language and vocabulary learning.

Online multilingual translation dictionary with choice of Latin, Cyrillic, or Greek virtual keyboards. Languages include Afrikaans, Albanian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English (Old English), Esperanto, Faeroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese (Latin script), Latin, Malay, Norwegian, Papiamento, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Sranan, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Yucatec and Zulu.

Paul Meier
Interactive charts of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) were designed by Eric Armstrong of York University, Toronto, Canada; and voiced by Paul Meier, of the University of Kansas, USA. If you are studying dialects with Paul Meier Dialect Services books or booklets, and want to hear one of the “signature sounds” in isolation, or in comparison with other sounds, you may do so using the charts here. Vowels, consonants, ingressives, suprasegmentals, intonation, diacritics, ejectives, implosives, diphthongs, and clicks are demonstrated. (Flash plugin required).

Russian to English Dictionary

Soemarmo’s Language Games
Free IPA card games for learning and using phonetics.

Sounds of the IPA
CD or audio cassette by J.C. Wells and Jill House, this recording gives you a definitive guide to all known and lesser known symbols.

Study Spanish
Comprehensive site providing free Spanish lessons including audio and pictures plus resources for teachers.

Summer Institute of Linguistics
SIL, has some great software, information on Linguistics, and free IPA fonts.

The Information and Communications Technology for Language (ICT4LT)
Provides a bank of ICT training materials for teachers of modern foreign languages. The development of the site was funded An international team of experts and practising teachers and teacher trainers produced a set of 15 training modules which are being continually updated and added to plus a Resources Centre and a comprehensive glossary of terms relating to ICT and modern foreign languages produced in four languages – English, Italian, Finnish and Swedish and containing over 700 links to language-related websites. The ICT4LT site has been given the stamp of approval by the UK National Grid for Learning (NGfL).

The Linguist List
an email list for linguists, hosted by Eastern Michican and Wayne State Universities.

The Wicked Good Guide to Boston English
Learn the sounds and language of a city, area or town. This site aids in finding information on the speech of the area in question, Boston is just one of the many cities that the site lists.

Translation Guide
Extensive guide to various translation resources including tips on choosing a translation company, web page display, translation gadgets, language identification and free online translation for a web page, text, word or sentance into several languages free online.

Travlang Translating Dictionaries
Wide variety of language dictionaries and resources for travellers and people interested in learning a foreign language.