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Foreign Language Resources: Home

A subject guide designed to educate people about various languages.

World Wide Web Resources

Online Etymology Dictionary
The site is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. The basic sources of this work are Weekley's "An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English," Klein's "A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language," "Oxford English Dictionary" (second edition), "Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology," Holthauzen's "Etymologisches Wörterbuch der Englischen Sprache," Ayto's "20th Century Words," and Chapman's "Dictionary of American Slang."

iLoveLanguages is a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources. The more than 2400 links at iLoveLanguages have been hand-reviewed to bring you the best language links the Web has to offer.

BBC Languages
Sponsored by the BBC, this site is chockfull of information about learning other languages (mainly French, Spanish, German and Italian.) Online tutorials as well as broadband videos are available to download.

Languages on the Web
Though a bit crudely designed, Languages on the Web offers a wealth of information for people interested in learning a wide variety of foreign languages, ranging from the standard to the exotic. Short stories and poems are also provided on the site and allow users to learn grammatical elements as well as vocabulary.


Electronic Resource

Mango Languages

Mango is the easiest way to learn a foreign language!

Our online language learning system teaches actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. It's so easy and effective, you'll be talking after just one lesson.

  • Real-life situations and practical dialogs with native speakers teach actual conversation skills you can use.
  • Our system is interactive, engaging and easy to use. It makes learning FUN!
  • It's accessible anywhere you get online - right through the library's website!
  • Free mobile app available for iPhone and Android Users.


Browsing Areas

Browse through the collection in the 400's section upstairs in NonFiction for a chance to start a new language or embark on a new journey. 

400's - Languages

410 - Sign Language
420 - Dictionaries, Grammar
430 - German Language
440 - French Language
450 - Italian Language
460 - Spanish Language
490 - Hieroglyphics, Japanese Language