Learning Languages Resources

People frequently come to the library looking for the Rosetta Stone language software. Unfortunately, the company does not support library use copies and we’ve never been able to successfully borrow them from anywhere.

There are other language resources available, however.

The best way to look in the catalog is to use the subject search terms: <language you want> self-instruction.  For example “Spanish self-instruction” comes up with 6 resources just in Richards Memorial’s collection.  Using the audiobook search and adding “discs” in the Keyword field, you will find 51 Spanish instruction cds in the SAILS system.  If searching for dvds, you use the dvd search and put “Spanish self-instruction” in the Keyword field. However, you do get a lot of ESL material.

Another place to check out is Overdrive (sails.lib.overdrive.com). I found downloadable audiobooks in a lot of languages.

  • On the Move series — The Lively Audio Language Program for Busy People — offers French, Italian and Spanish.
  • Global Access — general social- , travel- and business-related conversation–has French and Spanish.
  • Hear-Say for Kids has French, Spanish and English.
  • All-Audio by Living Language has German and Italian.
  • In-Flight also by Living Language has Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Ingles, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.

Finally, you may want to try one of the two Spanish classes through Universal Class (access is on the RMLonline website. ) There is Spanish 101 and Spanish for travelers. There are also some ESL classes.

Working on the 100th book: I will probably get up to 75 books by the end of August. That leaves me 3 more months to reach 100. The goal is in sight!