Note: Massachusetts residents are eligible to use the Boston Public Library's (BPL) online language learning databases, PowerSpeak, Livemocha, and Mango. You will need a BPL library card to access these resources. If you do not already have a BPL library card, you can register for an ecard or view ecard FAQ. eCards expire after 3 years unless they are upgraded to standard BPL cards.
Online language learning that uses a variety of innovative learning methods. Offers Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and ESL for Spanish speakers.
Livemocha Classroom is a drop-in-based, unlimited set of online, instructor-led conversation classes designed to help you become fluent in English quickly and effectively. if you have not yet registered for an account with Livemocha already, you must register for a user name and password via this link first.
The library has a large number of resources on the topic of languages. Below are a few suggested items. If you do not find what you are looking for, please ask a Reference Librarian for assistance.
Find out about the world's languages. Provides answers to questions such as which languages are related, which is considered the most difficult to learn, and the like.
ESL - English as a Second Language - Beginner (Ref 428.24 ESL)
Provides help with basic English grammar for those brand new to the language.
Chinese - The Complete Course.
From the well-respected Pimsleur Language Program. Features "conversational, step-by-step learning."
Mastering German [sound recording and book].
Learn German with this program developed by the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.
In-Flight Italian [sound recording].
Learn just enough Italian to get you through anything you'll run into, whether traveling for business or pleasure.
Japanese: the complete language course [sound recording and booklet].
From the "Learn in Your Car" series. This recording provides comprehensive audio instruction, plus a full text listening guide for reference.
8 lessons from the respected Pimsleur Language Program. "Immerses you in the language, encouraging you to hear, understand and use the language all at the same time."
Additional Spanish lessons from the Pimsleur Language Program.
Takes a block of text in one language and translates it into another language. Includes 40+ languages as well as "hear it" and "email it" features.
Takes a block of text in one language and translates it into another. Includes upwards of 50 languages, as well as "hear it" and "see it used in context" features.