Language Learning

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Pronunciator: Pronunciator is a comprehensive self-paced language learning program offering 3 million lessons across 60 languages. Each lesson is accompanied by a native speaker, a culture-neutral pictogram and a translation in your selected language. Subscription donated by Robert Savage in memory of James Steichel. 

 English Conversation Online Training
Volunteers who wish to become English conversation facilitators should complete the brief online training after submitting a volunteer application and speaking with a member of the library staff.  The first page outlines the steps to becoming a volunteer English conversation facilitator. 

Volunteer to facilitate an English conversation group. 
Volunteers facilitate a one hour English conversation group each week at the local library.  To volunteer, contact the local library or complete the volunteer application (PDF application) and return it to the local library.  If you have questions, contact the local library or Yolo Reads at 530-666-8019.

Translations for free from Spanish, French and German to English, from English to Spanish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian and Portuguese.

These sites were selected for library patrons who want to practice English language skills online.

About "guides" create detailed pages for use in studying various languages. Type "french language" or any language into the search box. Guides provide free lessons, dictionaries, vocabulary, proficiency tests, and other materials.

This site allows students of English, French, German, or Spanish to watch free video programs, such as the popular series Destinos, on a computer.

The BBC offers free language learning games, downloadable audio and video, beginning and advanced courses, and access to the news in 33 languages, among other learning tools.

Fodor's provides brief language guides for travelers to France, Italy, Germany, or Spain.

This site has compiled more than 2400 links to language-related online resources.

The Defense Language Institute's Foreign Language Center provides free online language courses in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Persian, Russian, and Serbian/Croatian.

Free language courses from the Foreign Service Institute covering over 40 languages.

Transparent Language provides access to free resources such as online games, proficiency exams, and downloadable software lessons for a variety of languages. Fees are charged for expanded lessons.

USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English online. This popular website, visited by more than 7,000,000 adults around the world, teaches English by providing engaging videos and educational activities. Learners have the opportunity to learn English independently or with the support of their teacher.