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Help on learning a new language
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Pannaga Prasad
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Downloadable Language

With digital downloads – your public library is open 24/7! The San Antonio Public Library offers two ways to download digital media content: OverDrive. You can access language audio books for free using your San Antonio Public Library Card.

  • OverDrive
    Use the keyword search "Foreign Language Study" to find languages you would like to learn.
  • OneClick Digital
    Find downloadable audio books by using a keyword search "learning languages"

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Favorite Books

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Spanish for gringos: level 1: shortcuts, tips, and secrets to successful learning - by C. Harvey
Call Number: 468.2421 HARVEY
This popular, informal self-instruction book offers a quick and easy way to pick up informal, practical Spanish, designed for English-speakers who are in regular contact with Hispanics and need to communicate with them for both work and social situations.

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The Everything® Learning German Book - Edward Swick
Call Number: 448.2421 BARRIOL
The Everything® Learning German Book brings you quick and easy success to first-time learner, a re-learner, or an international traveler. This Book effectively teaches the German language through step-by-step instruction, practical exercises, and cultural information in both simple and entertaining way. The book is supplemented by both English-to-German and German-to-English dictionaries,

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Right, wrong and risky: a dictionary of today's American English Usage - by Mark Davidson
Call Number: 423.1 Davidson
The book offers simple, direct answers to questions about word choice, spelling, grammar, and punctuation in an alphabetical order. The book also warns the reader about risky words and the many risky situations about what is and not acceptable in standard american English.

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The whole world guide to language learning - by Terry Marshall
Call Number: 418.007 MARSHALL
If you are going abroad and want to learn the language of your host country, The Whole World Guide To Language Learning is the book for you! It oofers learning in real interactive situations and then provides immediate feedback. Marshall gives six detailed lesson plans to get you started and and plenty of ideas for further lessons, putting you in control of your language learning experience.

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Beginner's Hindi script - Rupert Snell
Call Number: 491.438 SNELL
The book offers a step-by-step introduction to reading and writing in a new language as well as tips and practice exercises. This book is methodical, thorough, and very effective and could be able to learn writing system very fast.



Irish. The short course - by Pimsleur, Paul
Call Number: CD 491.62834 PIMSLEUR
A foundation for speaking Irish at the beginner's level.

Learn French with Victor. Levels 1 & 2 [videorecording] : all the basics of French speaking in 25 lessons
Call Number: DVD 448.2421 LEARN
offers self instruction, vocabulary for foreign speakers with an enjoyable audiovisual technique.

Italian - Pimsleur Language Program Staff
ISBN: 0788797247
Publication Date: 2002-01-07
Presents a beginning language learning program designed to teach the listener Italian in progressive steps.

Basic Spanish & Portuguese by DVD (videorecording)
Call Number: DVD 468.3421 BASIC
Reinforcement techniques for learning a basic 1,000-word and phrase Spanish & Portuguese vocabulary.


  • BBC Languages– News and Audio in 33 Languages
    Learn French, Spanish, German, Italian and other new languages. The site includes includes audio magazines as well.
  • Languages on the Web
    This site provides you with the best language related links and will offer in time innovative courses in many languages through a unique method.
  • Free Language Exchange Community
    Learn a new language, exchange with native speakers to improve your language skills. If you are fond of foreign languages, student, employee of an international company, globe traveller or simply eager to discover new culture using this site.
  • BBC Language
    Learn all the basics and get a certificate with the help of weekly e-mail tips. There are also audio and vidoe courses available in many languages such as French, Spanish, German and Italian and much more.

  • Living Language
    Free language materials for courses in Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and many other languages are available for download. Check it out, there may be more free language learning downloads added all the time!

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