Are you learning English, or travelling, studying or working abroad and need to pick up another language? The Library has many resources to support your language learning.
Access these resources using your WVML card.
A practice resource for IELTS. Track your progress on practice exams and use more than 100 hours of interactive activities including advice, hints and tips on question types. You need an up-to-date version of one of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge. Please note: Road to IELTS does not work with Internet Explorer.
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ON THE SHELF
Check these out the next time you’re in the Library.
Master Spanish with our self-guided learning resources. Find courses for other languages by searching Persian Language -- Self-instruction, Japanese Language -- Self-instruction, etc.
on the web
These recommended websites are free and easily accessible! All you need is an internet connection.
A highly rated free language learning program. Choose a language, create an account, take the placement test and get started learning. Languages include: English, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
FirstVoices is an online space for Indigenous communities to share and promote language, oral culture and linguistic history. Language teams work with elders to curate and upload audio recordings, dictionaries, songs and stories. Search over 75 language sites, many of which are accessible for public learning.
Translate a word, phrase, or an entire document. It's definitely not perfect--use a skilled human translator for important documents--but it's great for short, quick translations, and getting better every day!
italki connects you to tutors and exchange partners from around the world. Find a free language exchange partner, or pay for lessons ranging in price, from either informal tutors or professional, certified tutors.