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Newsletter 20 (June 2008)

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Dictionaries and Glossaries

In two months the 29th Olympic games will take place in China. In honour of this event we have prepared pages of all the dictionaries and glossaries available online for many of the Olympic disciplines. Click on the name of a discipline below to obtain the list of resources indexed at lexicool.com. The Olympic disciplines are:

Still on the subject of the Olympic games, here are some other resources currently available in our directory: English-Chinese dictionaries, Tibetan language dictionaries and a few dictionaries and glossaries on Buddism and on human rights.


New site features

In the last few months we have added four new languages to the lexicool dictionary directory:
  • Bengali: language spoken by more that 200 million people in India and Bangladesh
  • Kurdish: a language that is similar to Persian and is spoken in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Armenia
  • Tagalog: spoken mainly in the Philippines
  • Tibetan: the language of Tibet, spoken by more that six million people.

Lexicool Online Shop

  • In our online shop we currently offer CD-ROMs for acquiring the basics of the languages cited above. Why not try and learn a bit of Bengali, Tagalog or Tibetan?

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