Let the library help you learn a new language

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Whether you’re planning a trip abroad, making global business contacts, or just want to learn how to say “hello” to people around the world, learning a new language has never been easier with the selection of Brantford Public Library print and digital resources.

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If you prefer online learning, the library’s Transparent Language service offers courses in over 100 languages. Simply create an account with your library card and you’re ready to learn 24/7.

Transparent Language lets you progress through proven training techniques and tracks how many new words and phrases you’ve learned. If you don’t have time for a full course, you can practice listening, speaking, reading and writing with challenging and fun activities.

The Transparent Language Database also offers online ESL courses for speakers of over 30 different languages.

English learners can also take advantage of the library’s Universal Class online database. Simply create a free account with your library card and sign up for classes, including basic English skills and English as a second language grammar.

If you want to learn through physical objects, such as books or CDs, visit the main branch or St. Paul to find items that will help you learn languages ​​from around the world.

The library has a collection of books to help you learn Aboriginal languages, especially the languages ​​spoken by the Six Nations of the Grand River.

For non-English magazines, use the library’s PressReader service to access thousands of digital magazines from around the world. These provide a great way to practice reading the words and phrases you have learned.

The library also has physical and digital resources to help children develop their French skills. Visit the library to discover fiction and non-fiction children’s books in French, featuring many popular characters, including Pete the Cat and Peppa Pig. Kindergarten children will enjoy learning French with the books, DVDs and CDs available in an educational kit. The Tumble Biblio Kids online collection offers a playful selection of books, graphic novels and videos to help your child improve their understanding of French.

If you need help with any of the above, the library offers Tech Time sessions to explain how to use your device to access digital services.

There is also the Book a Librarian service, which allows you to reserve an hour of time with library staff to help you find physical resources or use the digital services offered by the library.

At Your Library is a weekly column provided by the staff of the Brantford Public Library. Readers wanting more information can visit www.brantfordlibrary.ca.

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