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In addition to these websites, a search for language instruction in the Library’s online catalog will result in listings that include some excellent eBooks and eAudiobooks that may be downloaded to your computer or mobile device.

In the Library, language materials are shelved by Call Numbers within the “400s”.  (430s: German,  440s: French,  450s: Italian,  460s: Spanish,  470s: Latin,  480s: Greek). Language learning sets are shelved at the end of the Books on CD collection.


  • BBC Languages – Practice a new language with audio and video courses. Learn essential phrases in 40 languages and find facts about languages, such as the world’s most spoken languages. Resources for instructors include suggestions for lessons and grammar notes.
  • Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center – This organization offers online learning and assessment tools. Phone Conversations provides audio of casual phone conversations in Arabic and Spanish dialects. Topics include education, family life and shopping. GLOSS features reading and listening lessons in about 30 languages.
  • Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish and French in Action – These Annenberg Learner video series for college and high school students and adult learners teach speaking and listening skills.
  • Learn a Language – Find lessons, online flashcards, activities and games to enhance language learning. Available languages are Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. The site also offers English instruction for French and Spanish speakers.
  • Mango Languages – An online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a wide variety of popular languages. With everyday dialogue from native speakers, engaging interactive lessons and a unique intuitive teaching style, Mango increases your ability to use, adapt and build on what you learn. This database is available remotely with your Warrenville Library card number and 4 digit PIN.
  • Spanish Proficiency Exercises – This University of Texas at Austin website compiles video clips in which native speakers of Spanish demonstrate a wide range of activities, from identifying objects and negotiating a taxi ride to sharing information about a favorite hobby or discussing a bad date. Speakers are from locations throughout Latin America and Spain.


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