Languages and writing systems

Languages on the web

Thoughts about how languages should (not) be represented on websites:
Why you should not use flags to indicate language choice
(in German:) Warum Flaggen nicht für die Auswahl von Sprachen benutzt werden sollten

Languages in general / writing systems / Unicode

Unicode Character Picker

Unicode characters reference/test page

Ethnologue — Languages of the World: An excellent online catalogue of the world’s known living languages.

UDHR in Unicode: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in many languages, Unicode-encoded. An award-winning guide to the Unicode character set.

Full high-resolution Unicode Chart: A huge bitmap of the full Unicode character set.

Evertype: Michael Everson's website. Lots of language/font/internationalization resources.


(German only:) Eine praktische Übersicht über die traditionellen Radikale, die ich für Lernzwecke erstellt habe:
Traditionelle Radikale (pdf, vier Seiten, mit Kanji-Beispielen)

Jim Breen's WWWJDIC: The best online Japanese dictionary.

Rikai: Real-time mouse-over translation of Japanese expressions, very convenient.

The Japanese Page: A great starting point for Japanese lovers!

The Kanji SITE: Learn 漢字 (Kanji) online. (Site seems to be dead as of 2013.) When Japanese meets English — always a source of amusement!


Wordcount / Tracking the Way We Use Language: An interactive presentation of the 86,800 most frequently used English words, by Jonathan Harris

The English Project: A project to promote the global story of the English language.

The Future of English (pdf): A guide to forecasting the popularity of the English language in the 21st century. By David Graddol.

My favourite online dictionaries: LEO, Oxford Dictionaries and Merriam-Webster Online

Last edit: November 2013,