Language Learning:

Library Resources

 

 

 

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Searching the Catalog

To find language instruction materials in the catalog, type the following phrase inserting your language of choice and choose Subject from the drop-down menu:  ________ language instruction  (Example: Spanish language instruction.)

One other phrase to try is ‘parallel text and _________’ Choose keyword instead of subject from the drop-down menu. 

APL has language instruction books and audio materials in print/CD form as well as ebooks available from Overdrive, One Click Digital, and hoopla. The main catalog will display results for all of these formats.

Interactive Software

Web Resources

Online Translators

Online translators do not offer the best quality translations, but they can be helpful for translating single words and for giving a general idea of what is being said.

To find a translator or interpreter in the Austin area, please see the Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association page. 

Finding Books in other Languages

We have a list of Books Written in World Languages that will link you to titles in the catalog.

You can also type the following phrase and choose Subject from the drop-down menu:

'________ language materials'
Example: 'french language materials'

The Advanced Search screen provides menus for limiting your search to age levels, material types, and library locations. You can also limit your search to fiction or non-fiction.

Fiction only:

  1. Go to the Advanced Search screen.
  2. Choose subject from the first menu on the left.
  3. Type '_________ language materials' in the first search box.
  4. Make sure AND appears to the right of the search box.
  5. On the second line, choose subject from the menu.
  6. Type fiction.
  7. Click Search.

Non-fiction only:

 Repeat the steps above, except choose NOT instead of AND between the two search lines.

  1. Go to the Advanced Search screen.
  2. Choose subject from the first menu on the left.
  3. Type '_________ language materials' in the first search box.
  4. Make sure NOT appears to the right of the search box.
  5. On the second line, choose subject from the menu.
  6. Type fiction.
  7. Click Search.

Finding Foreign Films

     
 

Watching foreign films can help you learn a new language.

Try one of these three options for locating foreign films. Most languages or countries will work; France and French are used as examples. Select the dvd format on the left hand side.

  • Type foreign films and france and select subject from the drop-down menu.
  • Type 'french with english subtitles' in single quotation marks and select search everything from the drop-down menu.
  • Type 'french dialogue' in single quotes and select search everything from the drop-down menu.

You can also stream foreign films directly from these sources: