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.
The National Park Service offers this site to provide information and links to help you plan your summer national park vacation.
Nordic Volcanological Center at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Iceland
Icelandic Met Office
Icelandic Met Office Frequently Asked Questions
The Fact Book provides data and statistics for aviation accidents and incidents, airports activity, air traffic activity, industry trends, employment and more.
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.
“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.
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. http://scout.wisc.edu/
This is a wonderful tool for business folk or anyone who has ever stumbled over a foreign name. How To Say That Name.com 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!