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Learning English


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Want to improve your English? Study on your own using free books, CDs, DVDs and computer programs from Idea Exchange, take an English course at a school in Cambridge, or practice your English at a conversation circle.

English Courses

Here are some books, CDs and DVDs to help you learn English:

Oxford Picture Dictionary Improve your English : English in the workplace book cover Perfecting your English Pronunciation Easy English Vocabulary

Learn English
More books, audio courses, DVDs and computer programs to help you learn to communicate in English. For beginners and more advanced students.

English Language Tests

Study guides for English language tests

Reading and Listening

You can read and listen to a book at the same time!  The library has "kits" that include a short book and a CD.

Children's kits help beginning students improve their English. More advanced students will enjoy the longer stories in the kits for adults. Here are lists of kits:.

We also have short, easy-to-read books for adults who want to practice reading in English. These fun stories are great for becoming a more confident reader:

James Patterson book, "Bloody Valentine"      Louise Penny book, "The Hangman"      Robert Hough book, "The Day the Rebels Came to Town"      Elizabeth Mosier book, "The Playgroup"      Joy Fielding book, "Home Invasion"

Mango Languages
Mango Languages

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.


Immigration Waterloo Region
Website for newcomers about living in Waterloo Region. There is an excellent section on learning English in Waterloo Region.  Available in 12 languages.

English Language Classes

You must have a free assessment of your English skills to join most English language classes in Cambridge

Step 1 - Contact YMCA Immigrant Services at 519.621.1621

Step 2 - Have your English skills assessed.

Step 3 - Register for a course at one of these learning centres:


Conversation Circles

Practice speaking English with native English speakers in a safe and friendly environment. Conversation circles are held weekly at some Idea Exchange locations.

YMCA Immigrant Services in Cambridge also holds conversation circles. Call them at 519.621.1621 for more information.