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Learn a Language

Books, sites and resources to launch your language learning

Learn a Language


Learning a new language can be hard work, but accessing the resources to do it is easy. Check out our resources below to get started.

Borrow Language Learning Materials


Physical Materials

Our physical language-learning materials can be found in the 400s section of non-fiction. Browse materials now to place a hold or plan your trip in advance. If you place a hold, we’ll notify you when titles are available for pickup. You can also check out our Library GO! services for easier ways to access our physical materials.


Digital Materials

If you’re looking for materials you can use on your devices, check out the language-learning selection in Wisconsin’s Digital Library (or its app, Libby). Available titles can be checked out and downloaded to your device instantaneously and are available for up to 14 days before they need to be renewed or returned.

Learn a Language Online

Transparent Language Online


Transparent Language Online helps language learners learn new words, build their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and keep their skills sharp. It includes courses and resources in more than 110 languages and is available anytime, anywhere, on almost any device.


KidSpeak: Available through Transparent Language Online


KidSpeak is a fun, online language course for kids six and up. Available through Transparent Language Online, KidSpeak introduces children to English, Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. It teaches words and phrases suitable for learners’ ages, needs and interests. More than 40 activities, puzzles and songs guide young learners through the basics with the help of a cartoon “friend” who speaks the language. KidSpeak works on computers, tablets and phones so your little ones can learn on the go, at home or in the library.


Transparent Language Online and KidSpeak are available at the Racine Public Library thanks to the Prairie Lakes Library System.


Duolingo is a free language-learning website and app. The software offers 85 different languages in 24 languages, all for free. It also includes a digital language proficiency assessment exam for paid users.


BBC Languages

BBC Languages is a language-learning resource for 40 different languages. It is available to the general public at no cost. The website is archived, so no new content is being added.


More Language Learning Tools


Not seeing the resources you need here? We can help you get in touch with whatever will work best for you. If you need help looking up courses, study or conversation groups or other resources, our reference team is ready.

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