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International Students: Learning English

Library Resources for International Students at NMC

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Pronouncing Names

English pronunciation of the names of people, places, and miscellaneous stuff.

This site not only pronounces words for you, it also invites you to record your pronunciation of words in your language for others to listen to.

Translation Tools

Many library databases will translate articles into your own language and even read the article aloud to you.

Academic OneFile


For help with databases, call the library at 995-1540, or stop by the desk.

English Help at NMC

If you are having trouble with your classes, we can help!  

Speaking Like an American

Here is a site that will help you to practice English with an American accent.

Free Practice Websites

Some websites to help you practice your English.  Listening, reading, grammar, and exercises.  Recommended by the New York Public Library librarians.

Be Proud of Yourself!

"Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language." --H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Take a break and congratulate yourself! According to Forbes magazines, only 18% of Americans can speak a second language! 

By Sean McGrath from Saint John, NB, Canada (Prom) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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American Accents

People in Michigan speak with a Midwestern accent which is the General American accent that you hear newscasters use.  If you learn to speak American English with a Midwestern accent, you will be understood anywhere in the United States.