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Language Resources for Teens

Hello, everyone!  Did you know that the Library offers some awesome resources for learning a new language?  Well, we do!  And we won’t grade you on it!  All you need is your library card to log in to these sites.   Whether you’re just learning the language or already have a couple years of the learning the language under your belt, there’s something here for you!  NOTE: These resources also offer English tutorials.  These are great way to learn if English is your second language or if you are looking to brush up on your grammar. 

Mango Languages 

This resource has a huge list of languages you can learn, including Greek, Arabic, Irish, and Korean.  You could have some fun, too, and learn Pirate!  Mango breaks down the language into lessons, so you won’t overwhelmed.  You can replay the lessons until you feel comfortable enough to move on to the next one.  BONUS: Stuck with babysitting duty? Pull up Little Pim, a language program designed for kids up to age 6 and offered by Mango, to learn with the little one! DOUBLE BONUS: There’s an app so you can take your lessons anywhere! 


Transparent Language 

Here’s another fantastic resource with an insane number of languages to learn, like Czech, Zulu, Welsh, and Farsi.  Once you’ve selected a language, you’ll be taken to the lessons.  You can replay each lesson as needed, mark it as learned, or remove it from your learning path.  You can also set goals for yourself to make sure you practice a certain amount of time each day.  BONUS: Still on babysitting duty?  Some of the languages offer the choice of KidSpeak, which will help the kids learn with you!  DOUBLE BONUS: There’s an app for this! 



Sure, you have used Overdrive to find your next great fiction read.  But did you know that they have nonfiction, too?  Just download one of the language e-audiobooks, plug in your headphones, and learn the language.   



Hoopla has a variety of language learning tools in e-books and e-audiobooks as well as movies and music that you can download and borrow.  BONUS: Yes, there are language materials available for children if you’re still on babysitting duty! 


It’s never too late to start learning, especially a new language.  Have fun with these as you learn a valuable skill to put on applications and resumes!  Get your friends involved, too, so you can thoroughly impress everyone! 


Happy learning! 


Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”