Foreign Language Learning
Travel, business, conversation with friends, and curiosity - these are just some of the reasons you may want to learn another language. DCPL has a variety of resources to help you, including foreign language books and language learning CDs. We also have online databases that will teach you a new language and evaluate your foreign language skills.
The examples below showcase resources for learning Spanish. However, most of these resources are available for other languages as well. Most language learning related books, DVDs or audiobooks in the Library are in the 427-499 call number range of the nonfiction section.
Last updated: December 23, 2015
Mango's unique teaching method quickly engages you in real conversations between two native speakers. Your instructor will take you through every step of the process! Each lesson revisits previously learned material, but you have complete control over your learning experience. Choose from 71 languages including English.
While no longer being updated, BBC Languages, part of the British Broadcasting Coorporation (Britian's public broadcaster) website, still offers courses in forty languages. Courses cover vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar with audio and video, as well as activities and tests for retention.
Duolingo is a free online and mobile app language learning tool with most languages represented in their catalog. Named as iPhone App of the Year 2013 by Apple, as Best of the Best for Android in 2013 and 2014 by Google, and as Best Education Startup by TechCrunch.
FreeRice is a nonprofit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme. Choose a subject and play the game to improve your vocabulary. To play, click on the answer you think is right in the middle of this page. If you get it right, you get a harder question. If you get it wrong, you get an easier question. For each answer you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
Recommended by Internet Public Library, this site is "geared toward helping language learners acquire the vocabulary of the physical world using an image based guide which contains up to 2,435 words." A variety of languages is represented on the site.
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Featured on many media outlets, including The New York Times. Learn vocabulary and grammar by reading news articles in another language. Also available as an app in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Livemocha offers a combination of online language learning and practice with native speakers. Livemocha has a large community of native speakers eager to help and learn from each other. Plus, you get to contribute your own knowledge to help others. Note: There is a charge for courses after a certain number of hours have been logged.