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Learn 163 languages with Pronunciator. Features truly personalized courses that match your personal interests and occupation, movies, instructional videos, music with lyrics, custom study guides and audio lessons, quizzes, and more!

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Pronunciator is a language-learning app available for free to all library patrons.

With 163 of the world’s most popular languages (including American Sign Language), plus ESL courses taught in 143 home languages, Pronunciator focuses on creating personalized courses for each learner.

Simply select your personal interests or your occupation, then add your learning goals and other preferences, and within seconds Pronunciator will build a course just for you.

Each personalized course can last anywhere from a month to a year, depending on your available time and commitment level.

Appropriate for children as well as adults, Pronunciator is designed to meet the language-learning needs of the entire community.

In addition, Pronunciator powers ProCitizen, a citizenship preparation course helps new Americans prepare for the Naturalization Test.

Web Resources


Elementary French I & II
Free course from Carnegie Mellon University.

French in Action
Free course from Yale University and the Annenberg Foundation.

Ma France
Free course from the BBC Languages web site.

Francais interactif
Free course from the University of Texas.


Basic German
Free web application from the Universtiy of Cambridge. Must be downloaded and installed on your computer.

Deutsch – Warum nicht?
Free course from TV broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Also check out their Deutsch Interaktiv courses.


Destinos: an introduction to Spanish
A 52 episode television series. All episodes and practice materials are free online courtesy of the Annenberg Foundation.

Free Spanish dictionary and learning materials

Mi Vida Loca
Free course from the BBC Languages web site.

Coffee Break Spanish
Popular series of audio podcasts

Multiple Languages

Free language learning site developed in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  Includes social features for connecting with native speakers. English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

BBC Languages
Basic travel words and phrases for many languages. More detailed lessons for Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

Open Culture
Directory of links to free language resources on the web.


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