Language Commons

Spaces and Resources for Language Learning

Learner Resources

Tips and Quick-Start Guides for Common Language Course Projects

Language Course Project Support

If you're completing a video or audio project for a language class, UVA has many resources available across grounds.

  • The Language Commons offers 3 PC and 3 iMac computer stations that offer access to audio, video, and graphic design tools. We also have an audio booth to boost the quality of your audio recordings!
  • The Simple Video Studio in New Cabell 277 provides a simple yet robust video production environment that's easy to use--all you need is a USB drive! Reserve the studio at ldtreservations.as.virginia.edu (reservations have priority, walk-ins welcome when available). The SVS is open when New Cabell Hall is open, and USB drives, as well as basic support, are available in the Language Commons during opening hours.
  • Check out the Wilson Studios to reserve and use equipment, media studio, and audio studio space.
  • Robertson Media Center in Clemons has equipment and workstations for student use.
  • Need some sounds, songs, or other free and openly-available media for your project? Check out Penn State's Free Media Library for resources!

Language-Specific Resources

General Language Learning Web Resources & Apps

Virtual Reality in the Language Commons: If you're preparing for study abroad, or just want to explore new places without leaving grounds, stop by the Language Commons to try out a Virtual Reality headset or a google cardboard device. While you're here, try out ImmerseMe, an immersive learning tool that lets you practice listening, reading, and pronunication through intereactions with native speakers recorded in culturally relevant locations around the world. Available free to UVA students in the Language Commons

Free Resources: Try out these free online resources to maximize your language learning. Each site/app has its own 'help' resources for further assistance. 

  • BBC Languages lets you choose from activities, tests, and interactive videos for 40 languages!
  • Busuu is an app with courses for several languages. In addition to audio and writing exercises, the app offers lessons specifically on dialogue. Also offers an offline mode.
  • Duolingo has courses set up for 30 languages. Start from scratch or take a placement test. The website and app help language learning by keeping track of the time you spend on the site (allowing you to set goals of 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes per day) and using points and levels to measure progress.
  • Memrise includes courses of varying levels for over 40 languages, accounting for dialects and variations for some.The courses indicate how long each part will take to complete and lessons are categorized by conversation topics and helpful skills for the language.
  • Quizlet can be very helpful for memorizing terms. The site and app include games, assessments, and flashcards that you can share with your friends. The premium version lets you associate images and audio recordings with your terms.
  • Wordreference is a useful dictionary tool, especially for romance languages.

Paid Resources:

  • Mango Languages offers conversation-focused practice in more than 70 languages, including some advanced levels and some less-commonly-taught languages. Methodology is informed by research, and activities are interactive and motivating.
  • uTalk offers vocabulary practice with motivating games and activities.

UVA Organizations Supporting Language & Culture Study

If you're new to world language study at UVA, we encourage you to reach out to your instructors and to the language departments to learn more about the many language conversation groups, student councils, and societies that are active on grounds!