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Learn a Language Online

Travel the world from home when you learn a new language with Transparent Language Online and The Great Courses.

Find out how to get started with both resources in the video below!

Transparent Language Online

Learn more than 110 languages with Transparent Language Online. You’ll find everything from Afrikaans to Zulu. Some languages, such as Chinese, offer multiple dialects. Several languages include KidSpeak, immersion programs designed just for kids.

If English is your second language, you’ll find learning materials for native speakers of more than 30 languages.

For each language, you can complete lessons on:

  • Language fundamentals, including the alphabet
  • Meeting and greeting
  • Expressing wants and needs
  • Planning for a trip
  • Dealing with money
  • And asking for help.

To create a Transparent Language account, click the Sign Up tab.

The Great Courses

The Great Courses are self-paced video courses taught by professors. You’ll find these classes on Kanopy, a service that lets you stream movies and documentaries to your computer or mobile device.

The Great Courses offers courses in Spanish, French, Greek, & Latin. These classes are similar to what you would expect if you attended a college language class.

The Great Courses videos don’t count toward your usual Kanopy play credits, so feel free to watch as many as you want.

To get started, sign up to Kanopy with your library card.