Preparing for Oxbridge
We are currently developing a series of online courses. These will cover a variety of language-related topics, including foreign literature, linguistics, film and art, translation, and more! The first course to be delivered will be our Online French Literature Course, which is now available to book!
MLAT Past Papers
Additional Language Resources
This list is for general language learning and linguistics support – for resources related to specific languages, please visit the individual pages on our website.
Purple – resources related to Oxford University
Green – resources related to Cambridge University
Pink – language resources for everyone
Podcasts and Videos
This podcast was produced by researchers at the University of Oxford and explores a range of language-related topics!
A list of helpful videos if you are considering applying to study languages at Oxford.
A list of helpful videos if you are considering applying to study languages at Cambridge.
Lots of juicy discussions about Spanish literature and why you should study it at Oxford!
This was a 4-year research project by the University of Oxford which has now ended. Nevertheless, the website still has lots of interesting research and resources for linguists.
A useful database of free language learning resources
Highly recommended resource for budding linguists. The Translation Exchange consistently hosts both in-person and online events to explore the topic of translation in great depth.
A blog for students and teachers of Years 11 to 13, and anyone else with an interest in Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures, written by the staff and students of Oxford University. Updated every Wednesday.
A student-founded resource and publication which explores a variety of international topics and affairs, from art and literature to politics and current affairs.
Application window is open from 8th February – 3rd April 2023.
A nation-wide competition for young linguists to put their language skills to the test!
Including French and Spanish flash fiction writing competitions, and the German Olympiad.
Hosts many different writing competitions, which often include translation challenges.
Is That a Fish in your Ear? – David Bellos
Excellent introduction to translation theories and the importance of translation in everyday life. Highly recommended for language applicants to gain a broader understanding of translation.
A fascinating insight into the roots and evolution of the English language.
The Language Lovers’ Puzzle Book – Alex Bellos
If you enjoy solving linguistic puzzles, you will love this book. It is also highly recommended for anyone considering studying a language ab initio at Oxford or Cambridge.
Through The Language Glass – Guy Deutscher
Provides an insightful overview of translation and how our language shapes how we view the world.