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VOA Pronunciation Guide

This Voice of America guide is a database of pronunciation keys and audio files (mp3) with guidance for pronouncing names of people and places in the worldwide news.  Four search types are available: exact search, near search, list lookup or origin browse.


Plan Your Summer National Park Adventure

The National Park Service offers this site to provide information and links to help you plan your summer national park vacation.

Full Screen Weather : Weather Underground

Weather Underground offers screen-size weather maps which provide local temperatures, conditions, and other information.

Railroads and the Making of Modern America

This is a digital history project from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that “explores the dynamic social change that came between 1850 and 1900 with the growth of railroads, telegraphs, steam ships and other technologies”–from the website.

Historic Bridges of the United States

This site offers a wealth of information about bridges past and present.  Most entries include history, descriptions, photos, inspection and any other pertinent details.  Very easy to search or browse.

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator’s Fact Book

The Fact Book provides data and statistics for aviation accidents and incidents, airports activity, air traffic activity, industry trends, employment and more.

December Is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration offers this web site with multimedia tools and other information to help communities support their law enforcement agencies’ enforcement of impaired driving laws during the holidays.

Travel Etiquette

This site offers over 70 articles with explanations of local customs and traditions for various countries and geographic areas.  There is also a very useful section for general travel information.

“Are you about to make an International long distance phone call? Are you planning a trip to a foreign destination? Are you preparing for a web cast or online meeting? Are you looking for a free clock for your own web site or blog? Just want to know what time it is? The Internet can bring locations around the world together, but with each place having different times, World Time Server is here to help!”–From the Web site.


Thanks to Audrey May (LINC) for suggesting this site:

Visual representations of the spread of swine flu, created using data from official and local sources.  Includes number of cases per country and differentiates between suspected, confirmed and fatal cases.

Free Foreign Language Lessons

This is a fairly comprehensive list of sources for free language lessons, generally in the form of podcasts.  Most are beginner-level, but some of the more popular languages have much more in-depth lessons.  And, of course, there’s always the “Nightly News in Latin.”

From the Scout Report:  “Created by the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), the purpose of the America website is to deliver information about current U.S. Policy an d U.S. life and culture to international audiences. The site brings together video programs, radio broadcasts, interviews with officials, and other media to accomplish this feat. First-time visitors can take a look at the six primary sections on the site to start their explorations, or they can also click on the section titled ‘World Regions’ to look at materials that deal with the United States’ involvement in Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe. The site also contains interactive quizzes and information about travel and visa information and U.S. embassies around the world.”

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2009.

With some reasonable restrictions, these are free large photographs available for personal use or for use on a web site.  To use a photograph to promote a product for sale or to promote your business or organization you need to contact the publisher for permission and there will be a fee.  There are over 2,600 images available.

Name Pronunciation Guide

This is a wonderful tool for business folk or anyone who has ever stumbled over a foreign name.  How To Say That allows the user to listen to a quick sound file of a native speaker saying given names and surnames.  Of course, not every name in the world is included, but an impressive number are!