Kwintessential, a language and culture consultancy, has a great series of online quizzes which will test your cultural knowledge. There is also a useful collection of country profiles with key statistics as well as language and cultural information.
Topics is an online magazine for learners of English. The latest issue contains features on describing experiences, cities and manners. There are also permanent sections on food, globalisation and international customs. Most of the content is written by students and the archives provide a wealth of cultural material. Highly recommended.
Do you know what the term 'latte factor' refers to? Or what on earth a 'chav' is? Macmillan's excellent online MED Magazine "takes a lexical snapshot of the year and highlights some of the words which have entered popular use, words which in some sense represent a microcosm of the events and preoccupations of 2004."
ABYZ News Links is a portal to online news sources from around the world. It is primarily composed of newspapers but also includes many broadcast stations, internet services, magazines, and press agencies. Note that ABYZ News Links does not contain actual news content but only links to other news sources.
The Athens Games have come and gone but the website lives on (for the time being, at least). This section of the site contains a description of all 28 Olympic sports from Aquatics to Wrestling with animations and key vocabulary. A great resource for sports fans.
There's an increasing amount of audio material on the Internet which you can either download to your MP3 player (or iPod) or listen to in real time. Audible.com has a library of over 23,000 audiobooks, audio magazines, newspapers, radio programs and more. Listen to samples of best-selling audiobooks such as The DaVinci Code. For recording anything which goes through your soundcard, you can use a program such as the 3D MP3 Recorder.
With Christmas just over two weeks away, it's a good time to find out a bit more about the legends and traditions associated with this festival. Here's a selection of Christmas sites for you to explore:
The U.S. National Parks Service has a page of cultural resources called Links To The Past where you can explore people, places, objects and events relating to American history. An impressive collection.