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Oral Language & Vocabulary Tools

BabelFish - Free Online Translator

Free instant online translator in 14 languages including French, Spanish, German, Japanese and more. The friendly community of Babelfish translators provide free translation advice, tips and useful information for translators and those interested in translation services.

English Text To Speech, TTS: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese

English Text To Speech Online: English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese voices.

Free On-Line English Dictionary | Thesaurus | Children's, Intermediate Dictionary | Wordsmyth

Free online Dictionary including thesaurus, children's and intermediate dictionary by Wordsmyth.

Kids' Vocab - MindSnacks

*** One of the best educational apps of the year - Apple (iTunes Rewind) ***
Now kids can build vocab anywhere, anytime, all while having fun. With 9 addictive games designed to help understand words rather than just memorize them, our Kids’ Vocab app will broaden kids’ vocabularies and sharpen their reading & writing skills. There’s only one rule: no boring flash cards allowed.

Just like in our Parents’ Choice Award-winning SAT Vocab app, the games in Kids’ Vocab focus on different aspects of vocabulary development. Each lesson features new words and phrases while teaching spelling, usage and pronunciation. In other words, vocabularies everywhere are about to hit a major growth spurt.

Perfect for children ages 7 to 12 (grades 2 - 7), Kids’ Vocab includes one free lesson. And with 25 full lessons in the upgraded version, be warned: consistent use may result in increased reading comprehension, frequent use of big words and occasionally outsmarting full-grown adults.

  • PRESS *

The Guardian
Kid’s Vocab named one of the “best apps for kids from 2013 that parents can trust.”

The iPhone Mom
"My 10 year old daughter has been devouring MindSnacks’ Kids’ Vocab faster than an after school snack. I love watching her vocabulary grow and she's even conquering her spelling nemesis. Just like making healthy snack choices after school, MindSnacks is an addicting app that gets this Mom's approval."

  • FEATURES *

-- 9 unique games including one designed to teach proper word usage
-- Curriculum based on Common Core Standards and designed to teach context, spelling, categorization and more
-- Game speed and mechanics optimized specifically for kids ages 7-12
-- Hand-illustrated image library and spoken audio clips to help memorize words
-- 350 essential vocabulary words & phrases to master
-- 25 lessons tailored for elementary & middle school students (upgrade required)
-- Personalized learning algorithms to maximize memorization & retention
-- Additional quests & challenges will keep kids motivated
-- Not a single boring, mind-numbing or snooze-inducing quiz, class or lesson allowed

Mathematics Glossary

This free online glossary defines mathematical terms and concepts through text, images, and examples relating to real world applications.

Shahi - A visual dictionary | Blachan Lab

Shahi is a visual dictionary that combines Wiktionary content that includes a definition and examples of word use in a sentence as well as images from flickr, google, and yahoo that correlate with the specified word.

Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles

Tagxedo turns words - famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters - into a visually stunning word cloud

UDL Editions by CAST

UDL Editions take advantage of the flexibility of digital media to reach and engage all learners. Leveled supports and the Texthelp Toolbar balance challenge and support for each learner, ages 10 and up. Select your book to get started!

Visuwords™ online * Visual Dictionary, Visual Thesaurus

Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary - Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate. Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree.

Visuwords™ online * Visual Dictionary, Visual Thesaurus

Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary - Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate. Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree.

Vocab Ahead

Vocab Ahead offers videos that give an active demonstration of vocabulary with audio repeating the pronounciation, definition, various uses, and synonyms. Students can also go through flash cards which give a written definition and visual representation of the word.

Windows to the Universe

This interactive, educational website about our universe and planetary systems was created by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and is supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) among others.

Word Generation

Word Generation is a middle school academic language program that is strategically designed to create a coherent school-wide effort that gives students the sustained exposure to academic language they need for success in school—even while demanding relatively little (15 minutes, once a week) from any single subject area teacher.

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds

Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.