Show and tell: Fun language tools

Translating is serious business. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Here are some resources that I happened to find online. One of them might give you that spark you need. Or maybe you’ll just have a little fun during your break. Either way, enjoy!

Language tools and games to make you smile

Screenshot English to Shakespearian

Screenshot English to Shakespearian

 

Screenshot 10 random clichés on Cliché Finder

Screenshot 10 random clichés on Cliché Finder

 

  • English to Shakespearian for a tongue-in-cheek translation of your regular English into the Bard’s flowery prose.
  • Lyricstraining for listening comprehension and fun tunes. Practice your source language compreshension by listening to popular tunes.
  • Cliché Finder for when you’re wracking your brains and can’t quite remember a certain cliché or idiom. Have some random ones generated for you while you’re there (careful: some are pretty colorful).
  • Power Thesaurus: If you’re looking for an English-language thesaurus that isn’t Roget’s, try this one. It’s crowdsourced and comes with up- and downvotes for each synonym. Handy filters and suggestions make sure that you can browse your way to that perfect word. I may be mistaken, but this feels like a good place to find inspiration on fresher and more informal synonyms.
  • The Great Language Game: So, you think you’re a language expert? Can you tell spoken languages apart or does Urdu sound like Swedish to you? Try your hand at the Great Language Game game and see how far your  3 lives will get you.
  • Must Pop Words is like Tetris for English words. Form words out of the letters dropping from the sky. Can you make it past four-letter words? It’s typing, reading and vocabulary practice all in one!

 

Do you know any fun language resources that others might enjoy?

PS Looking for some more fun language resources? Check out my posts about the Right Rhymes website or the GIFGIF game.

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Else Gellinek is a German-American, bilingual linguist and translator specializing in PR, marketing and corporate communications as well as non-native editing. She blogs about the translation industry, freelancing, language and anything else that might tickle her fancy.

There are 4 comments on this post

  1. Alessandra Martelli

    Nice list, Else … I couldn’t resist and HAD TO try English to Shakespearian straight away!
    Can I suggest WordVis (wordvis.com)? It’s a nice visual dictionary (for English) that creates visual maps of synonyms and related terms for the word you search for. Appealing and pretty useful too!
    Have a nice weekend,
    Alessandra

    Reply
    1. Else Gellinek

      Hi Alessandra,

      Sorry for the late reply.

      Wordvis is great! Sometimes inspiration is hard to find and browsing through thesauri can help prod my tired brain into the right direction 🙂

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