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Summer Learning Track: Learn a Foreign Language

Learning a foreign language is one of the most common goals you will see on bucket lists. Although is always recommended to be introduced to a foreign language at early age, several studies have shown that learning a second language at adult life brings great benefits to your brain. Teaching yourself a foreign language can be hard, and it takes a lot of discipline and time. Trust me on this one! Been there, done that! But it can be fun too, and in the end you will see that it's time well spent!

How about treat yourself with a new challenge this summer? The Library has several resources to get you started, or to help you improve what you have learned so far. It doesn't matter which language you pick. Once you have chosen one, check out some books, watch some movies in that language just to get your hearing accustomed to it; listen to music and get the lyrics to sing along, or come to the programs listed below. There are so many different ways to learn! Keep in mind that it takes time. Just get started, and have fun!

Hablamos Spanish Conversation Gathering for teens and adults 
Learning Spanish? Ya lo hablas? Join us on the first and third Wednesday evenings every month and enjoy an hour of some relaxed Spanish chitchat.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, June 3 & 17, July 1 & 15 and August 5 & 19 | Southeast
 
Southeast Screens: Cinco de Mayo La Batalla
Join us a month after Cinco de Mayo to watch the historical war drama Cinco de Mayo La Batalla. The film details the events surrounding the 1862 Battle of Puebla when the Mexican army defeated French troops. The film is in Spanish with subtitles.
3 – 5 p.m., Saturday, June 20 | Southeast
 

Amazon Says: Designed to help every type of learner—whether auditory, visual, or tactile—this unique language guide revolutionizes the process of learning a language by incorporating t more...
Amazon Says: Designed to help every type of learner—whether auditory, visual, or tactile—this unique language guide revolutionizes the process of learning a language by incorporating the renowned Mind Maps® system. Memory techniques such as visual and sound association are utilized to help organize vocabulary and grammar rules in a way that make them easy to remember. Access to a free website that provides extra learning resources, printable mind maps, and video clips is also included, making this a complete, well-rounded approach that will make learning anew language easier than ever before. Unit 1: WelcomeUnit 2: What do you do?Unit 3: I feel like . . .Unit 4: In touchUnit 5: HomeUnit 6: At the estate agent'sUnit 7: Then and nowUnit 8: TravelingUnit 9: At the weddingUnit 10: Congratulations  less...
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Amazon Says: The ultimate phrase guide for travel, business, and more!"I'll have the chicken dish, please." "How do you get to the theater?" "Let's set up a meeting."Packed more...
Amazon Says: The ultimate phrase guide for travel, business, and more!"I'll have the chicken dish, please." "How do you get to the theater?" "Let's set up a meeting."Packed with everything you'll need to understand--and be understood by--Brazilian-Portuguese speakers, this pocket guide is the ultimate translator to have on an airplane, in a boardroom, at a restaurant, and anywhere else this beautiful language is spoken. Conveniently organized by subject and situation, this handy guide includes information on:How to make introductions, professionally and casuallyOrdering food in restaurants (with phrases for special diets and allergies)Asking for and giving directionsExplaining medical emergencies to doctorsCrafting status updates and tweets onlineSlang phrases for casual chattingComplete with Brazilian Portuguese-English and English-Brazilian Portuguese dictionaries for quick reference, The Everything Brazilian Portuguese Phrase Book gives you the right words and phrases--whatever the situation! less...
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Aprenda inglés con imágenes by Santillana Santillana
Amazon Says: The dictionary was created for adults and young adults who are learning English as a second language. It can be used to complement English lessons or as a selfstudy course. Th more...
Amazon Says: The dictionary was created for adults and young adults who are learning English as a second language. It can be used to complement English lessons or as a selfstudy course. The picture dictionary includes: • Over 1,300 basic articles (nouns, adjectives, verbs and expressions) in English • 24 Units that illustrate the most common needs and situations, from the most basic (food, clothing, family) to the most specific (bank, post office, cars, the road) • Fun activities to reinforce learning such as fill in the blanks, word search and crossword puzzles (every activity includes a section with the answers)• An introduction to English pronunciation that uses vocabulary learned in the book • A Spanish-English and an English-Spanish glossary— each cross-references the Unit and page number where each term can be found less...
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Marcia S. Says: Complete Mandarin Chinese: The Basics (compact disc)
Amazon Says: Complete Chinese: The Basics contains everything a beginner needs–a coursebook with 40 lessons, three hours of recordings on three CDs, a quick-reference learner’s diction more...
Amazon Says: Complete Chinese: The Basics contains everything a beginner needs–a coursebook with 40 lessons, three hours of recordings on three CDs, a quick-reference learner’s dictionary, and a bonus wallet phrase card–all in a convenient and compact package. The course teaches the essentials of Mandarin Chinese language and usage, beginning with simple words and progressing to complex phrases and sentences. KEY FEATURES: ·Coursebook, dictionary, three hours of recordings, and wallet phrase card–all for $24.95. ·All text is in the pinyin alphabet, the standard phonetic alphabet used for Chinese. ·Grammar summary at the end of the course includes 100 basic Chinese characters. ·Reference sections on letter-writing tips, e-mail etiquette, and internet resources. ·Special supplemental vocabulary sections cover topics from "Family and Relationships" to "On the Job" to "Sports and Recreation" and "Around Town." less...
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Marcia S. Says: American Sign Language Learning System (DVD)
Amazon Says: Two programs presenting instruction in American Sign Language. Getting started in signing demonstrates sign language for a number of practical situations. Say it by signing pr more...
Amazon Says: Two programs presenting instruction in American Sign Language. Getting started in signing demonstrates sign language for a number of practical situations. Say it by signing presents sign language dialogues. less...
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