Learning a new language is a common goal that can be intimidating. This list of resources, from both the library and the internet, will hopefully help.
- Byki – Byki, or Transparent Languages, is an online language learning resource that you can access with your library card. Choose from over 70 languages, create an account and start learning. If you have a microphone, you can even record your voice and compare the sound waves to a native speaker.
- Foreign Language books – We have multiple print and audio resources at the library. Our language learning books are located in our non-fiction section in the 400’s area. Please ask a staff member for assistance or you can also place them on hold to be picked up at your convenience (we will hold them for one week). Some common languages are:
- Inter-Library Loan – What we don’t have, you can search for in our Inter-Library Loan system. Enter your card number to begin your search. Staff members are happy to help with this, as well.
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- Anki Flashcards – Create flashcards or download a pre-made set. Some have audio as well as text to help you learn pronunciation. As you go through the cards, they will be repeated or saved for later according to your progress.
- Lang8 – Blogging for language learning. Write entries in the language that you are learning and then be graded by native speakers. Be sure to return the favor by reviewing the entries of people who are learning English.
- LiveMocha – Free online language learning course that takes you step by step through vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. All work is then evaluated by native speakers. Be sure to return the favor by reviewing the entries of people who are learning English. LiveMocha has suffered a bit since it was purchased by Rosetta Stone, but it is still a good, interactive, resource.
- DuoLingo – An app for Apple and Android devices, DuoLingo lets you learn through games and puzzles in your new language. It currently offers Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Dutch.
- Open Culture Free Language Lessons – Features multiple free online classes from many sources.