Learning a new language can be fun and exciting and also intimidating. Use this guide as a starting point to explore resources at the library, online, and in the community to support you to learn a new language. Who knows, you might even learn more than one.
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Dual language books
Dual language books (also called bilingual books) can help you on your language learning journey by including two languages in one book, often side-by-side. They are a useful tool for language learners who already have knowledge of one language when learning a new language. They support learning new words, seeing them in sentences, and comparing them to their other language in the book. The dual language books at the library are English paired with another language.
This Colloquial Series provides step-by-step resources in languages as they are written and spoken in their home countries. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in a broad range of situations.
Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur language program offers language learning through CDs with accompanying printed materials. Some of these languages can also be learned through DVDs. The series also includes juvenile materials in a number of different languages called "Little Pim", available as a DVD or streaming on hoopla.