About the Language Portal of Canada

By the Translation Bureau

Read a description of our main resources, and find out how our resources are funded and how to contact the language team.

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Who these resources are for

The Language Portal of Canada is for you—all Canadians who want to improve their language skills.

  • Are you just starting to learn English or French?
  • Do you need basic or expert writing help?
  • Are you looking for just the right term?
  • Would you like to test your language skills?
  • Are you looking for Aboriginal languages resources?

We have high-quality language resources just for you.

How to get started

With so many resources, it can be difficult to know where to start. Don’t worry! We’ve created some tools to help you:

Transcript of tour

Virtual tour – transcription

Screen 1: Introduction

The title of the virtual tour, "Learn about the Resources of the Language Portal of Canada," is displayed, along with the Portal's contact information, including the web address (ourlanguages.gc.ca), the email address (noslangues.ourlanguages@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca), and the addresses of the Twitter account (@Our_languages) and Facebook account (Ourlanguages.ca).

Screen 2: Home page

A shot is shown of the main sections of the home page and their layout. The following text is displayed: "The Portal provides language tools and resources to help you find fast answers to your language questions in English and French."

The home page has three columns. The two columns on the left contain the main sections of the Portal: Language Navigator, TERMIUM Plus®, Quizzes, Collection of Canadian language resources, Become an ambassador of the Language Portal of Canada, About the Language Portal of Canada and Stay up to date on Canadian language news. The column on the right contains the sections Most requested and Contributors.

Screen 3: Presentation of the site's two main tools

The following text is displayed: "Two main products: Language Navigator and TERMIUM Plus®."

Screen 4: Location of Language Navigator

A shot is shown of Language Navigator's location on the Portal's home page. (It is the first item below Services and information.)

Screen 5: Language Navigator

A shot is shown of the page that appears after the user has clicked on the link to Language Navigator on the main page. The Language Navigator search box and the two search options "All words" and "Exact phrase" are displayed.

There are three text bubbles below the image:

  • First bubble: "Find answers to your language questions with Language Navigator."
  • Second bubble: "Words that look alike? Dangling participles? Quotation marks?"
  • Third bubble: "Here's the tool you need!"

Screen 6: How Language Navigator works

A demonstration is given of how Language Navigator works. The following text is displayed: "Enter one or more keywords in the search box."

The word "date" appears in the Language Navigator search box.

Screen 7: Results of the search in Language Navigator

The following text is displayed: "Language Navigator searches in all of our English and French tools at the same time."

The search results for the word "date" in English and French are displayed.

Screen 8: Location of TERMIUM Plus®

A shot is shown of where TERMIUM Plus® is located on the home page (to the right of Language Navigator).

Screen 9: TERMIUM Plus®

A shot is shown of the page that appears after the user has clicked on the link to TERMIUM Plus® on the home page. The TERMIUM Plus® search box and the options "Where" and "In which subject field" are shown with their drop-down menus. The term "operating system" is written in the search box.

There are two text bubbles below the image:

  • First bubble: "Need to find a term in a specialized field?"
  • Second bubble: "TERMIUM Plus® is the place to look."

Screen 10: Results of the TERMIUM Plus® search

A shot is shown of the search results for the term "operating system." In the left column, the English record for the term "operating system" is displayed. In the right column, the record for the equivalent French term "système d'exploitation" is displayed.

The following text is shown: "Consult this data bank to

  • find the French or English equivalent of a word;
  • check an official title;
  • decipher an acronym;

and more."

Screen 11: Presentation of the other language resources

The following text is displayed: "In addition to Language Navigator and TERMIUM Plus®, you will also find:

  • writing tools;
  • language quizzes;
  • a collection of resources;
  • and other useful content."

Screen 12: Location of the writing tools

The location of the writing tools is shown in the bottom left corner of the home page, under Features.

The following text is displayed: "If you prefer, you can also go directly to the writing tool you want."

Screen 13: List of the writing tools

A list of the writing tools is shown:

  • Favourite articles
  • Hypergrammar 2
  • Peck's English Pointers
  • The Canadian Style
  • Word Tailoring
  • Writing Tips
  • Chroniques de langue
  • Clefs du français pratique
  • ConjugArt
  • Dictionnaire des coocurrences
  • Juridictionnaire
  • Le Bellerive
  • Le guide du rédacteur
  • Le Rouleau des prépositions
  • Les mots du droit
  • Lexique analogique
  • Caleidoscopio del español

Screen 14: Home page

The entire Portal home page is shown again.

Screen 15: Location of the quizzes

The location of the quizzes on the Portal home page (under Language Navigator) is shown.

Screen 16: Quizzes on the Language Portal of Canada

A shot is shown of the six quiz categories, which include Grammar and syntax, Punctuation, Spelling, Style and writing conventions, Vocabulary and General knowledge, as well as the Flash quiz, which is on the right side of the page.

The following text is displayed: "Have fun while you learn with our quizzes on vocabulary, spelling, grammar and a host of other topics!"

Screen 17: Home page

The entire Portal home page is shown again.

Screen 18: Location of the Collection of Canadian language resources

A shot is shown of the Collection of Canadian language resources on the Portal home page (under TERMIUM Plus®).

Screen 19: Collection of Canadian language resources

A shot is shown of the collection's different categories: Most recently added links, Writing resources, Glossaries and dictionaries, Aboriginal languages, Language learning, and Organizations and events.

The following text is displayed: "Our collection contains hundreds of hyperlinks to language related Canadian sites (replaces the old Discover section)."

Screen 20: Home page

The entire Portal home page is shown again.

Screen 21: Location of the section Become an ambassador of the Language Portal of Canada

A shot is shown of the location of the section Become an ambassador of the Language Portal of Canada on the Portal home page (under the quizzes section).

Screen 22: Become an ambassador of the Language Portal of Canada

A shot is shown of the page Become an ambassador of the Language Portal of Canada, which includes four tabs: Objectives, Ambassador roles, Social media and Infographics.

There are two text bubbles to the left of the screen:

  • First bubble: "Would you like to play an active role in developing and promoting the Portal?"
  • Second bubble: "Become an ambassador!"

Screen 23: Location of the section Stay up to date on Canadian language news

On the main page once again, a shot is shown of the location of the section Stay up to date on Canadian language news (under Become an ambassador of the Language Portal of Canada).

Screen 24: Top of the page Stay up to date on Canadian language news

A shot is shown of the top half of the page Stay up to date on Canadian language news. The content is divided into two columns. The first column contains the sections On this page, Most recently added resources, and Get updates by email or RSS feed. The second column contains the Portal's Twitter account widget.

The following text is displayed: "Go to this page to

  • see the latest content;
  • subscribe to updates;
  • access our social media accounts;
  • send e-cards."

Screen 25: Bottom of the page Stay up to date on Canadian language news

A shot is shown of the bottom half of the page Stay up to date on Canadian language news, which includes the sections Follow us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Send e-cards on social media.

Screen 26: Conclusion

The Portal's contact information is shown again, including the web address (ourlanguages.gc.ca), the email address (noslangues.ourlanguages@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca), and the addresses of the Twitter account (@Our_languages) and Facebook account (Ourlanguages.ca).

The following text is displayed: "And now you know about the main tools found on Resources of the Language Portal of Canada. Come explore our new website!"

In addition, we've provided some quick tips below for the main sections of the Portal:

Using Language Navigator

Use Language Navigator when you need writing help. It’s a search engine designed to search many of our resources at one time.

Example 1

Your question
Do I need a comma after the year in a date?

Your search
comma after year

Example 2

Your question
Do I use affect or effect?

Your search
affect effect

Example 3

Your question
How do I write a 10-digit telephone number?

Your search
telephone numbers

Go to Language Navigator.

Using TERMIUM Plus®

Use TERMIUM Plus® to find the official translation of a term in another language, the definition of a term, and a wealth of other useful information. It’s a huge data bank of over 4 million terms, in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Example 1

Your question
What is selfie in French?

Your search
selfie

Example 2

Your question
What is nanotechnology?

Your search
nanotechnology

Example 3

Your question
What is the postal abbreviation for Saskatchewan?

Your search
Saskatchewan

Go to TERMIUM Plus®.

Playing quizzes

Take some quizzes to test your knowledge!

We create quizzes on all sorts of topics:

  • Grammar and syntax
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Style and writing
  • Vocabulary
  • General language knowledge

The quizzes are short, and you get the answers and explanations right away.

Go to Quizzes.

Using the collection of Canadian language resources

Use this section to find links to resources from across Canada.

We have organized them for you into the following categories:

  • Writing resources
  • Glossaries and dictionaries
  • Aboriginal languages
  • Language learning
  • Organizations and events

Go to our Collection of Canadian language resources.

How we’re funded

The Language Portal of Canada is funded through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

Contact the Language Portal of Canada

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you.

Email

noslangues.ourlanguages@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

Telephone

Toll-free telephone number:
1-855-997-3300 (Canada and the USA)
Local telephone number:
819-997-3300
Fax:
819-997-1993
Teletype:
1-800-926-9105

Address

Translation Bureau – Language Portal Division
70 Crémazie Street, 9th floor
Gatineau, Québec  K1A 0S5

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