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College of Liberal Arts: The Language Center is maintained by the College of Liberal Arts, which is the largest college on campus.

AAAS: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese are housed in the department of Asian and Asian American Studies. AAAS offers Bachelor's Degrees in Chinese Studies, and Japanese, as well as a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Japanese.

RGRLL: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish are all housed in the department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures. RGRLL offers four B.A. programs in French, German, Italian Studies, and Spanish. Minors are also available in all of those areas, as well as in Russian.

LOTE - Languages Other Than English: There are six Commission-approved subject-matter programs in Languages Other Than English: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. Candidates who wish to become credentialed in a language other than these six may also demonstrate subject matter competence via CSET in Arabic and Mandarin to qualify for the credential program.

Language Links
The staff in the Language Lab are in the process of assembling links to useful language related sites around the Internet. These are links to languages taught on campus. We hope that the links on this page will be a useful resource to all language learners.
Arabic - Chinese - English as a Foreign Language - French - German - International Characters - Italian - Japanese - Korean - Language Podcasts - Philipino - Russian - Sanako Media Assistant - Spanish
Arabic Alphabet (Cafe Syria)
Click on a letter and listen to the correct pronounciation.
Fun with Arabic
Click on a letter and listen to the correct pronounciation. Includes alphabet, introduction to grammer and fun quiz.
Click on a letter and listen to the correct pronounciation.
Check out these sites for Arabic music:
Cities of Saudi Arabia
Cities of Saudi Arabia, information and pictures covering the major cities in Saudi Arabia.
Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera news in English.
eChineseLearning Answers
eChineseLearning Answers is a website to ask questions and share answers related to Chinese language learning. You can ask questions and get answers from real people and share your experience and knowledge.
MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary
This site is more than just a dictionary. There are also many useful tools for Chinese languaeg learners including translation and annotation tools, practice drills, and a very useful tool which allows users to type pinyin with tones.
Chinese Romanization Converter
Ever need to type tone marks above pinyin? You can use this utility from to convert pinyin words with numbers like Zhong1wen2 to the more elegant Zhōngwén.
Cultural Interviews with Chinese-Speaking Professionals
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. (from the website)
釋文解字 - Clavis Sinica Free Resources
Clavis Sinica has released a new collection of free online learning resources for students of Chinese at the high school and college levels. Like the Clavis Sinica software, these resources are designed to supplement classroom learning by encouraging reading practice and vocabulary review outside of class. You can test your knowledge of Chinese characters, extract a vocabulary list from any text, browse a large collection of short essays (both text and audio), and much more.
网上中文输入法 - Online Chinese Input
The Mayasian web portal provides users around the globe with a simple Java-based Chinese input system. Users can select several different input methods including Pinyin-Traditional, Pinyin-Simplified, and English-Simplified.
Learning Chinese Online
Learning Chinese Online is one of the most popular sites for Chinese language learning on the Internet. Dr. Tianwei Xie from California State University Long Beach has assembled and updates regularly this site with links to all things related to studying and teaching Chinese.
Marjorie Chan's ChinaLinks
This site is another good source for Chinese learners. Dr. Chan has links to over 600 China, and Chinese language and linguistic sites. is a valuable site for beginning students and more advanced learners as well. The site includes an extensive Chinese-English/English-Chinese online dictionary, links to other interesting Chinese relates sites, and a fun pinyin chat room open to all.
Learning Chinese
This site has a few beginning phrases and pronunciations, but its best quality is its links to separate sites for intermediate and advanced language learners (including
Pop Jisyo is an indispensable tool for Chinese and Japanese language learners. It is often the case that learners will understand much more than they are able to read. This site allows learners to gloss plain Chinese or Japanese text, or text on any web page. After Jisyo processes the information just move your mouse over the kanji you are having troubles with and Jisyo will popup the pronunciation of the character and its English definition.
Yahoo Taiwan
Yahoo Taiwan, formally Kimo, is the standard for Mandarin news and culture on the web. Open it in Jisyo. - 中國上網
簡體中文網幫助學中文. 內容包括付費或免費試用, 不付費者可利用免費試用的課程學中文文法, 拼音, 中文輸入法.
Simplified Chinese website dedicated to teaching Chinese. There are two versions: membership and free demo. Free demo portion has sections on grammar, pinyin, and Chinese input methods.
Mike's Radio World
Mike has a comprehensive list of Internet radio stations streaming music around the world from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Asian Studies Program - University of Redlands
Robert Eng, Professor of History at the University of Redlands, has prepared a helpful guide for those who are interested in installing and using Chinese and Japanese in Windows 2000 and XP, A Quick and Dirty Guide to Installing and Using East Asian Languages Under Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP.
Radio France
A good site for news and other links. To listen, look for "écouter en direct" links.
Oüi 102.3 fm
A pop music radio station. It has a lot of American music, but plenty of new French music, too.
French speaking radio from our francophone neighbors to the north
Musée d’Orsay
This is one of Paris’ biggest and most interesting art museums, specializing in art from about 1850 through the early 20th century – impressionism, fauvism, cubism, etc.
Here is Paris’ giant, overwhelming art museum which contains countless masterpieces. Check it out online.
The Simpsons Loft
A French Simpsons website
Another French Simpsons website
Wende: Deutsch für das erste Jahr By Jeffrey L. High and Charlotte Melin
Wende is a set of materials designed for beginning, college-level German students. The curriculum introduces language skills and cultural knowledge through tasks that ask you to use German for speaking, writing, listening, and reading. What you learn in one chapter is recycled in later sections of the book to help you review and gradually develop your language skills. Special features of Wende include communicative tasks for student-centered partner and small group work, information about learning strategies. User name and password required for access.
Easy German - Learning German from the Streets
The Easy German Youtube channel is a collection of interviews conducted in Germany for German language learners.
Digital Dialects German
A collection of interactive games for learning the German language.
information on museums/galleries, artists, architects, literature, as well as newspapers from artistic and cultural background.
On-line dictionaries
Helping tools for grammar. Look up the rules of a language, dictionary, conjugation, off-line language resources (books, CD-ROMs, tapes, video, etc.).
Rules of German spelling, writing and vocabulary
Deutsche Rechtschreibung. Regeln und Wörterverzeichnis
On-line news papers/magazines
Deutsche Welle: News bulletins, current affairs, business & economics, culture & lifestyle, science & technology, weather, DW-TV, DW-Radio.
German On-line Radio Stations
Practice and Learn German Grammar online:
German Grammar online and as iPhone app:
German easy to hard crosswords and other exercises:
Info about the development of German language and writing, Grammar and spelling, History of literature:
Free online course to learn German:
German fonts:
For fun!
Visit some of the most well-known German authentic places in Southern California for bona fide milieu, food, and programs.
Old world European village:Visit on line and in person the authentic European stores, German bakery and restaurants and German chapel. Throughout the year, Old World Village sponsors a variety of interesting festivals (Oktoberfest, Fasching or Mardi Gras) and other events (weekend sidewalk sales, dachshund races, etc.). During the year, many businesses in the village hold their own events (book signings, nutcracker singings, special appearances by a famous designer, special event sales, etc.).
Alpine village:There is fun all the time, open for lunch & dinner 7 days a week. Alpine Hofbrau, the house beer (brewed on the premises) flows with abundance at the Alpine Inn. Live entertainment, good food and lots of fun and enjoyment every-night.
Phoenix club:The Phoenix Club is a German cultural center in the heart of Orange County. Inspired by German heritage and customs, the Phoenix Club has a European charm and warmth that has made it one of the most popular places in the region to gather for good food, conversation and special events.
International Characters

Inserting International Characters

Typing international characters, or diacritical characters, using the standard qwerty keyboard can be a daunting task. We have assembled several tables which hopefully will be able to assist in this endeavor.

Generally inserting these characters is achieved by a combination of keys. For example hold down on the CTRL key and ~ (tilde) key while typing n to insert a “ñ”.

International Characters on Windows

There are several methods of inserting diacritics into Windows documents. The table below describes the procedures for two common methods. Choose the one which best suits your needs.

Diacritics can be made in any windows application by using the “Alt + number” combination. Make sure “Num Lock“ is on and use the right-hand number keypad. This is a standard adopted by many in the past. Recently there have been some advances which have made inserting international characters into your document a bit more intuitive.

Windows International Characters
International Character Alt + Keypad Sequence Character Sequence
à   è   ì   ò   ù À   È   Ì   Ò   Ù 0224, 0232, 0236, 0242, 0249 0192, 0200, 0204, 0210, 0217 CTRL + ` (grave accent) + the letter
á   é   í   ó   ú Á   É   Í   Ó   Ú 0225, 0233, 0237, 0243, 0250, 0253 0193, 0201, 0205, 0211, 0218, 0221 CTRL + ' (apostrophe) + the letter
â   ê   î   ô   û Â   Ê   Î   Ô   Û 0226, 0234, 0238, 0244, 0251 0194, 0202, 0206, 0212, 0219 CTRL + ^ (caret) + the letter
ã   ñ   õ Ã   Ñ   Õ 0227, 0241, 0245, 0195, 0209, 0213 CTRL + ~ (tilde) + the letter
ä   ë   ï   ö   ü   ÿ Ä   Ë   Ï   Ö   Ü   Ÿ 0228, 0235, 0239, 0246, 0252, 0255 0196, 0203, 0207, 0214, 0220, 0159 CTRL + ¨ (umlaut) + the letter
å   Å CTRL+ SHIFT + @ + a or A
æ   Æ CTRL + SHIFT + & + a or A
ç   Ç 0231, 0199 CTRL + , (comma) + c or C
ð   Ð CTRL + ' (apostrophe) + d or D
ø   Ø CTRL + / (slash) + o or O
¿ 0191 ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + ?
¡ 0161 ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + !

International Characters on Macintosh

Inserting diacritical characters from the keyboard requires a two sequence key press. The first set of key presses uses the option key usually in combination with another character to specify the diacritic. The second key press designates the letter. For example to type “ñ” on a Macintosh first press and release the key combination OPTION + ~ (tilde). Then type the letter n.

The following table demonstrates how to insert other diacritics for Macintosh:

Macintosh International Characters
International Character First Type Then Type
à   è   ì   ò   ù À   È   Ì   Ò   Ù Option + ` (grave accent) a   e   i   o   u A   E   I   O   U
á   é   í   ó   ú Á   É   Í   Ó   Ú Option + e a   e   i   o   u A   E   I   O   U
â   ê   î   ô   û Â   Ê   Î   Ô   Û Option + i a   e   i   o   u A   E   I   O   U
ã   ñ   õ Ã   Ñ   Õ Option + n a   n   o A   N   O
ä   ë   ï   ö   ü   ÿ Ä   Ë   Ï   Ö   Ü   Ÿ Option + u a   e   i   o   u   y A   E   I   O   U   Y
å   Å Option + a, or A
æ   Æ Option + ' (apostrophe), or " (quotation mark)
ç   Ç Option + c, or C
ð Option + d
ø   Ø Option + o, or O
¿ Option + ?
¡ Option + !

Since the introduction of OSX, Macintosh users can use the "Character Palette" to input any unicode character. Select the character palette from the International Menu in the menu bar. Choose view "Roman." Then select "Accented Latin" to select a variety of accented characters.

International Characters on a Web Page

Inserting diacritical characters into a web document requires either setting the language encoding of the document to the desired character set, or the use of an HTML reference code.

To set the language of a page to a specific character encoding insert a meta tag similar to the one below for Unicode text into the head of the HTML document.

<META content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" http-equiv=Content-Type>

Unicode encoding can be used for all languages. Both Windows XP and MacOSX will correctly display pages encoded in this format.

If only a few characters are needed you may get the best results by entering the HTML character reference code. Reference codes use a common syntax. The code is a decimal number or a reference word which is preceded by an ampersand character (&) and is terminated by a semicolon. See the University of Toronto's Introduction to HTML site for a more detailed description of character references.

The code for common international characters is listed in the table below:

HTML Character Reference Codes
International Character Reference Code
à   è   ì   ò   ù À   È   Ì   Ò   Ù &agrave;   &egrave;   &igrave;   &ograve;   &ugrave; &Agrave;   &Egrave;   &Igrave;   &Ograve;   &Ugrave;
á   é   í   ó   ú Á   É   Í   Ó   Ú &aacute;   &eacute;   &iacute;   &oacute;   &uacute; &Aacute;   &Eacute;   &Iacute;   &Oacute;   &Uacute;
â   ê   î   ô   û Â   Ê   Î   Ô   Û &acirc;   &ecirc;   &icirc;   &ocirc;   &ucirc; &Acirc;   &Ecirc;   &Icirc;   &Ocirc;   &Ucirc;
ã   ñ   õ Ã   Ñ   Õ &atilde;   &ntilde;   &otilde; &Atilde;   &Ntilde;   &Otilde;
ä   ë   ï   ö   ü   ÿ Ä   Ë   Ï   Ö   Ü   Ÿ &auml;   &euml;   &iuml;   &ouml;   &uuml   &yuml; &Auml;   &Euml;   &Iuml;   &Ouml;   &Uuml;   &Yuml
å   Å &aring;   &Aring;
æ   Æ &aelig;   &AElig;
ç   Ç &ccedil;   &Ccedil;
ð   Ð &eth;   &ETH;
ø   Ø &oslash;   &Oslash;
¿ &iquest;
¡ &iexcl;

For a more complete listing of character and entity references see the Lycos WebMonkey site.

Prego! Online Learning Center
McGraw-Hill, the publishers of the Italian textbook Prego! An Invitation to Italian, created an Online Learning Center for students using the textbook. There are many supplemental activities to accompany each chapter. Audio files are also available to those who purchase the textbook.
Italian Verbs: conjugate italian regular verbs and italian irregular verbs!
The italian verbs conjugation has many difficulties like all the neo-Latin languages due to their abundance and different uses of verbal forms. But now, the conjugation of Italian verbs isn't longer a problem, thanks to our free Italian verbs conjugator.
Italian e-cards
Create and send your own Italian e-cards.
Il Postino: Select from hundreds of images from classic Italian sculpture and painting to cartoons and even the Muppets to personalize an e-card
Diddle: provides several pages of choice Diddle images to express a variety of emotions.
Erin's challenge! I can speak Japanese
Free Japanese learning website made by the Japan Foundation. There are many visual images on the website. These pictures and videos help you with studying common Japanese expressions and learning about many aspects of Japanese culture.
Genki online; self-study room
This website offers a variety of online materials to support your learning with Genki textbooks, but you can still use them without them. They have hiragana, katakana, kanji, grammar ,vocabulary and more!
Hiragana Megane (ひらがなめがね)
This system adds hiragana above the kanji on any web page. Just enter the URL of the Japanese web page you want to view.
"mic-J" stands for 'Multimedia-supported, Interactive and Communicative Japanese instruction.' This is a very useful website for studying Japanese. This site was designed for international students of the Tokyo Metropolitan University for their self-study, but it is open for anyone who studies Japanese. is an innovative, fun, and easy to use language learning system that is designed to get you speaking Japanese from the very first lesson. Learn Japanese at your own convenience and pace with short, effective, and fun audio podcast lessons and a comprehensive, state-of-the-art Learning Center that provides you with the tools to take your Japanese to the next level! (description from the web site)
The Japan Times
This website is just a simple link to the Japan Times. It isn't a fantastic newspaper but the website is pretty good and it gives beginning-advanced level Japanese students a chance to check out what is going on in Japan. It is in English and therefore applicable to all levels. Another newspaper site to check out (for more advanced levels) is the Asahi Shinbun.
The Tokyo Food Page
This bento (lunchbox) page is great for all kinds of recipes that are eaten on a daily-base in Japan. The site has both English and Japanese language versions. For those of you who are die-hard fans of great Japanese food, this site could become very useful.
Work in progress...
Language Podcasts
Podcasts give language learners unique access to the target language. Below are several language specific podcast sites. If you have a favorite site not listed below email the link to
Espace Francophone Podcasting - l'annuaire de podcasting francophone independant
Podcasting Italiano
PodCasting in Portuguese (Centopeia lusocast)
Welcome to Japanese Podcasts
German podcast - at your service
Deutsche Welle / Podcasting,2142,9541,00.html
Podcast Series: How to Really Learn Spanish (Greg Hughes)
iPods Assist with Spanish Accents
Tagalog: Interactive Language and Filipino Culture Resources
This Northern Illinois University site features language exercises, learning strategies, dictionaries, and basic Philippine literature. Also included are cultural essays and presentations on wider Southeast Asian culture.
Languages of the Philippines
A long list of Philippine languages and dialects, both spoken and extinct. Each language includes its geographic information and linguistic classification.
This is a Philippine news site in English featuring combined content from "two giants in Philippine media -- the Philippine Daily Inquirer Inc., the country's most widely circulated broadsheet, and GMA Network Inc., the most awarded broadcast company" (from the website).
A Critical Survey of Philippine Literature
A well put together survey of Philippine literature organized by category. A "resource site of sorts dedicated to all things Philippine literature" (from the website).
This is a scholarly blog with updates as to recent publication information and research.
Wikipedia (Tagalog version)
This is a scholarly blog with updates as to recent publication information and research.
On-line dictionaries
Tagalog dictionary sites:
Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian
Golosa is a communicative program designed to introduce students to Russian language and culture and help them reach an intermediate level of language skill. Components of the program include two textbooks (Book 1 and Book 2), an accompanying workbook/lab manual for each, an extensive audio program, and a robust companion website featuring interactive practice activities, authentic video, authentic readings, links to authentic Russian sites, access to the complete audio program.... (from the website). This is a free site of comprehensive audio material available to all.
Diccionario de autoridades en línea
Diccionario de autoridades en línea
Página de la Real Académica Española
Página de la Real Académica Española
Tesoro de la lengua española, Sebastian de Covarrubias Orozco
Tesoro de la lengua española, Sebastian de Covarrubias Orozco
Instituto Cervantes en línea
Instituto Cervantes en línea
Sí Spain
This is a favorite Spanish website. It introduces the culture, history, education, etc. of Spain in a short but clear way. The site is presented in four languages Spanish, English, French and German. So even if the student is a beginner learner of Spanish, they can still understand the material with an explanation in their native language. (This site has now been archived and stored on a the Spanish Education site
On-line dictionaries
Helping tools for grammar. Look up the rules of a language, dictionary, conjugation, off-line language resources (books, CD-ROMs, tapes, video, etc.).
Spanish Sound Library and Articulatory Anatomy
This University of Iowa site provides an in-depth look at Spanish and English phonetics. It is part of the MERLOT Project and is used in a Spanish pronunciation course at the University of Iowa.
Sanako Media Assistant

Sanako Media Assistant

Take the Language Lab Home! Students and faculty at CSULB can now download and use Sanako Media Assistant Lite on their PC's at home. You can get registration and serial number information from your language teacher, or from the Language Lab. Download Sanako Media Assistant LiteSanako Media Assistant is a media player which has been designed specifically for the independent study of foreign languages. This player can play all types of media files including Real Media, Microsoft Windows Media, Apple Quicktime, wav, mpg, mp3, and other common media formats. SinceMedia Assistant was designed specifically for language learners it gives users increased control over media files. Using Media Assistant you can do all the things you would normally use a media player for and you can record your own voice while listening to a recording of a native speaker, and repeat the last phrase with the touch of a button. You can also record files to submit to your instructor in mp3 or wav formats. Visit the Sanako website or the Language Lab in LAB-306 for more information about Sanako Media Assistant, and other Sanako products used in the language labs on campus.


The Sanako Media Assistant menu contains all the commands you will need to operate the program. To open a file select Open File from the "File" menu.


When listening to and watching authentic material in a foreign language, you will probably come across passages that you want to return to for additional practice. Click a bookmark when you hear a place you want to mark.

To clear a bookmark, click Clear then click the bookmark that is no longer necessary.



Sometimes you may want to review a particular important phrase or segment repeatedly. You can use the small tabulators between the Program and Student tracks to select a file segment.

Then click Repeat and Play or Speak to run the segment continuously. Click Stop when you are finished.


The Recap function is designed to let you move quickly to the previous sentence or part of the file. Divace recognizes a half-second gap between sentences. Clicking Recap takes you back to the previous gap. This is useful when you want to practice the same phrase over and over again.



Click Speak to activate the microphone. The slider on the student track changes to red while your voice is being recorded. If you want to pause, click Speak again. Click Stop to stop recording.

Use Speak instead of Play when you want to record your voice to compare to the program track.


Make sure a file is open in Divace then click Play. The slider on the program track changes to green while the file is played. If you want to pause, click Play again. Click Stop to stop playback.



Adjust the volume by clicking and moving the vertical slider up and down.

The horizontal slider is used to control balance, which means the proportion of program output to student output. If the slider is moved to the far left, only the program track is heard; if it is moved to the far right, only the student track is heard. If the slider is positioned in the middle, both program and student tracks can be heard simultaneously.

Rewind - Stop - Fast Forward

You can rewind and fast forward the program or student track by clicking the Rewind or Fast Forward buttons. If you want to go directly to the beginning or end of the track, click the appropriate button twice.

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