Westlake Porter Public Library has a wide variety of materials to help patrons learn new languages!

Books, audiobooks, DVDs, and more are available in our catalog. Just type the name of the language you’d like into the Search box plus a keyword like “learn” or “self-instruction.” If you’d like even more resources, check for them at SearchOhio or OhioLINK to have materials sent here from other Ohio libraries and colleges.

Language Resources is a page that lists steps to help you find foreign language materials in our library (including videos and our new World Languages Collection).

In our Databases, World Languages lists resources in multiple languages and also includes the following websites for online learning:

Mango Languages

An online language-learning system that can help you learn the following foreign languages: Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Pashto, Portuguese (Brazil), Slovak, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. There are also courses for students of English. Check out this brief tutorial video for more information. Mobile apps are available for iOS and Android devices.

Little Pim Language Learning for Kids

A fun, interactive language system for young learners from Mango Languages! Little Pim includes animated videos and other tools to make learning a language simpler for kids. Little Pim offers training in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Of course, there’s plenty of language learning resources on the Internet outside of the library as well. Duolingo is a popular app for learning vocabulary, which is also accessible via their website. YouTube has channels dedicated to learning pretty much any language you can think of, and often has videos on the culture of various countries from people who live there. Reddit is a collection of discussion boards called “subreddits,” plenty of which are dedicated to learning the language of your choice. They often have wikis attached to them that anyone can add helpful links to. For example, here’s a subreddit called LearnSpanish, and here is their wiki of additional resources.

Have fun, and happy learning!