Are you going on a trip? Do you want to learn a new language, or improve your skills in one you already know? Would you like to help your children with their homework? Speaking another language can enrich your life in many ways and be an asset to your business. We can help you find materials to get started.
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Find dictionaries, grammar texts and complete language courses in the language of your choice. Here's a sample of the languages you can learn:
Borrow and download digital audiobooks and eBooks to help you learn a language. Idea Exchange membership card required.
Foreign language learning eBooks and audiobooks
Learn the world's most popular languages with these fun and easy online lessons. ESL, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, and many more. Go mobile with Mango's free apps for Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Android.
Gale Courses offers access to free online learning courses that are available anytime, anywhere. These instructor-led courses begin every month and each course lasts for 6 weeks. Sign up using your library card and immediately gain valuable knowledge you can apply to your life or on the job. There’s definitely something for everyone.
There are many websites offering foreign language study. Those that follow are a good place to start:
A website offering machine translation from or to French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Greek and Russian, and many other languages. Replaces Yahoo! Babel Fish. Google Translate is another website with machine translation.
The British Broadcasting Corporation offers free on-line courses in Spanish, French, German and Italian called "Discover the Steps". There are also shorter courses in Portuguese, Gaelic, Greek and Chinese, plus "quick fix holiday phrases" in 40 languages. Saying please and thank you in Basque, Belarusian or Bosnian will be a breeze, and you can even transfer the phrases to your MP3 player.
Teach yourself European French online, including a course in business French.
Ultralingua Online Dictionary
Ultralingua is a wonderful site for people wanting translations and more in French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese. It converts numbers to text, conjugates verbs, and has helpful grammar points explained in English for these languages.
Waterloo Region District School Board
The International Languages program provides opportunities for children, teens and adults to learn a language at the elementary or secondary school (high school credit) level, at a variety of sites around the Region. Arabic, Gujarati, Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese may be available at Hespeler Public School. Other languages are offered in Kitchener and Waterloo.
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish are offered in Cambridge, other languages in Kitchener.
Offers continuing education courses in Japanese, French and Spanish.
French Conversation Circle
This weekly drop-in conversation circle is open to everyone wanting to learn or improve their French. Offered by the YMCA every Wednesday in Kitchener. No cost, and no registration required.