Language Learning

Whether you are just starting to learn a new language or are an advanced student, we have resources to help you succeed in language learning. For English as a Second Language, please see our ESL subject guide.

Starting Out In German: Audiobook    Instant Immersion Arabic    Teach Me Everyday Korean    El Prisionero Del Cielo     Le Petit Prince

Tuttle English-Vietnamese Dictionary    Global Business Dictionary: English-Chinese-French-German-Japanese-Russian    Russian Grammar    Amharic-English: English-Amharic Dictionary    The Everything Sign Language Book

Catalog Topics

Arabic language
Chinese language
French language
German language
Italian language
Japanese language
Korean language
Norwegian language
Portugese language
Russian language
Spanish language
Thai language
Vietnamese language


Mango Languages
Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages. It includes Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more. (Requires Remote User Authentication for off-site patron access.)

OverDrive (Foreign Language Study)
Our OverDrive ebook collection has a number of language learning audiobook titles.

Tumble Books Library
The Tumble Books library includes a number of read-along children's titles in Spanish.


People en Espanol

Paris MatchDer Spiegel  







Print Magazines  

Available at Barrett, Beatley, and Duncan 

     Available at Beatley and Duncan

People en Espanol
Available at Barrett, Beatley, Burke, and Duncan

     Paris Match
     Available at Beatley

Online Magazines

National Encyclopedia en Espanol in Student Infotrac from 10/01/2012 to 3 months ago
Diner's Journal: Notes on Eating, Drinking and Cooking in Pop Culture from 09/20/2010 to present
Bon Appetit in Culinary Arts Collection from 02/01/2008 to present


ASL University
Video demonstrations of American Sign Language vocabulary.

A free online language learning program for Spanish, French, and German for English-speakers. It also includes English for Spanish-speakers.

FSI Language Courses
Originally developed in the 1960s by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Services Institute, these courses are now made available freely online through downloadable texts and audio files. This site is an excellent source for free lessons in less-commonly available languages, like Amharic, Lao, Norwegian, Serbo-Croatian, Twi, Yoruba and many more.

iTunes Language Courses
Available through free itunes software, or for ipod, iphone, or ipad users, itunes has a wide variety of free language-learning podcasts.

BBC Languages
In-depth lessons in several European languages and Chinese, and basic vocabulary in 40 languages from around the world.

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