Learn a Language
Shorewood Library offers you a world of language learning at your fingertips online and at the library. Whether you want to listen in your car or practice on your laptop, brush up or start from scratch, pass out of the intro level or pass the AP exam – we can help you with all kinds of great language learning resources.
Your passport to learning over 70 languages, including English. Uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you'll learn how to communicate. Get started by creating a free personal account so you can choose a language, track your progress, and become fluent. For a complete list of available languages, visit Mango and get started.
Transparent Language Online provides an engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a non-native language. Combining robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, extensive grammar resources, and mobile access, Transparent Language Online is a complete language-learning system. With over 100 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 26 languages, there is something for every learner.
A Spanish-language encyclopedia designed for high school and college ages, consisting of articles, images, maps, tables, timelines as well as a complete dictionary and atlas. Provided by BadgerLink
A Spanish-language elementary encyclopedia, containing images, Spanish-language videos, and learning materials specifically designed for younger students. Provided by BadgerLink
Offers a wide variety of information resources in Spanish with images, animations, full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and academic journals. Provided by BadgerLink
Materials for Adult & Teen Learners
Language learning materials for teens and adults are located in the Adult Non-Fiction collection, in the call number range 428-499 and 419 for American Sign Language.
Audio, audiovisual (PC CD-ROM), and text resources for the following languages:
African languages (limited), American Sign Language, Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs (for time travelers and students of archaeology), Arabic, English as a Second Language, Czech (limited), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian (limited), Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese
English-based dictionaries for the following languages:
Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, French, German, Latin, Polish, Hebrew, and Russian.
Try a new language with your kids, or just use the children’s books yourself! When you’re getting started with a foreign language, a children’s picture book written using basic vocabulary and sentence structure can be a great learning tool.
Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, and Zulu
Shorewood Library maintains a collection of Russian language texts, mostly accumulated through generous donations from our Russian-speaking community members. Whether you’re just getting started or you are a native speaker, you will find novels, history, and more in the Russian language collection.
Milwaukee County Federated Library System allows you to access more than just what is here at Shorewood. Just ask us and we will happily track down and request for you anything the library system offers, or place an Inter-Library Loan request for something not owned by a Milwaukee County library.