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Libraries and Language Learning

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You may or may not already know, but your local library should be in your language learning tool box. Talk to the librarians about what you want to learn or what level you're at and where you want to be.

Many libraries subscribe to language learning software and databases. Meaning you don't have to spend the money. Often they have textbooks to help you with grammar lessons or building vocabulary. Librarians love helping people find resources, and those wonderful people are available to you for free. You can also borrow books, movies, and music in foreign languages.

April 17, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/StephenRawr
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One million upvotes if I could! My mother was a librarian (now retired), my wife is a librarian and I work for one of those aforementioned databases that libraries subscribe to. Keep us employed! :D

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Faeryeye
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Confession I also work at a library, but it wasn't until I starting working at one that I realized what they had available. On average for every dollar spent in taxes for your library you get $5 back in goods and services. But the more you use it the better that return. I just figure I'm a girl on a budget so I understand trying to learn as much as possible before paying for classes, tutors, or expensive software.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DespoinaTi
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That's a great idea actually!

Unfortunately my local library (which I visit rather often) has no books on learning a foreign language or even generally books in another language.. The only book I managed to find was a dictionary of a Greek dialect, which happens to be my father's native one, so there was no use in borrowing it. :/

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Faeryeye
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Sometimes libraries have agreements with other libraries in nearby towns or the rest of the state to lend things. Ask and see if they can't get you what they need.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1
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Yes! Inter-library loan is a wonderful thing; definitely ask about it if you don't see what you want on your local library's shelves.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DespoinaTi
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I had no clue about that! I will definitely give it a try! Thank you both for your recommendation!! :)

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1
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My library does it for free, which is another definite plus. They have a charge for items you request but never pick up, but other than that there's no cost to the patron. Any postage charges are paid through the library's budget (at least that's the way it works in the US).

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1
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That's a good point; my local library has language-learning software (can't remember the name of it; sorry) that anyone with a library card can access through their home computer. And they definitely have plenty of books, some of the more expensive ones with CDs included that might not fit the average budget but are free to borrow. Great topic; have a lingot!

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LiamMcMurdo
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It might be Mango Languages or Pronunciator that you are thinking of, or perhaps Transparent as mentioned by PaulCulloty below. I have been able to utilize these programs through my local library over the past few years, though I do prefer DL's format.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1
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It is Mango; now that you say the name I remember. I haven't used it in quite a while but it's nice to know it's there. I prefer Duolingo too.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KimT13

No one at my local library even knew that Ireland has it's own language. They were polite enough not to laugh at me.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Faeryeye
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Sometimes our patrons are our best teachers.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/pseudocreobotra

Are there also language learning subscription programs outside of North America? It would be great to have something like that here but I've only seen several programs aimed at the US... Sometimes Canada as well... And if they get really daring, Australia.

It's a bit frustrating... Here, you can consider yourself lucky if your library has textbooks for more languages than just English, French and Spanish.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JazzBlues
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I live in London and I am registered with 3 libraries - one of which let you borrow foreign language CDs for free. Unfortunately a lot of CDs go missing which is sad. We also have Transparent language system for free, I prefer DL. Even so I feel blessed at all the resources I have access to.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

I found this out the other day, while perusing my local library.. When I stumbled on the Language section i was like ".... :l Why didnt i think of this"

April 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Manhattan95

I should also clarify that big cities will have bigger selections! My library only has a few books in spanish and CD's for learning a few languages in your car. That's about it lol.

April 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Faeryeye
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True big libraries will have more on their shelves, which is why many small libraries have lending agreements among one another. Even big libraries only have budgets that go so far. But often all libraries have tricks up their sleeves to help you get more than just what is located on their shelves. That's why it's so important to talk to the librarians. Really until I started working in libraries I didn't know how much more they had than just what I saw.

April 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nikicchi
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Fellow library assistant here! Most Belgian libraries have easy English, French, German, Spanish and Italian books. People are also welcome to suggest books/movies/... to us. We usually buy them!

April 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Faeryeye
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Thanks for that, I forgot to mention to make a suggestion for purchase at your library, there is usually a budget just for suggestions.

April 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nikicchi
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Yes, not enough people make use of it because they don't know they can make suggestions.

April 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/chantalmaeing

Libraries are still my greatest resource! With my library card, I am subscribed to the Pronunciator program (which looks promising but I don't plan on using until I finish my tree in gold), borrow childrens' books and picture dictionaries in Spanish, and borrow movies that have a Spanish dub. Unfortunately, the library I am using now in Virginia does not have as many Spanish books as California, but it's still a large enough section.

April 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CandyCane333Flo

ok

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulCulloty
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My local library subscribes to Transparent - you give your library card details, and get free access to all 80 courses.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Faeryeye
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This is a great article to give you more ways to use your library for learning and fun. http://bookriot.com/2014/08/22/power-library-user/

April 21, 2015
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