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"Instant Immersion Series" audiobooks available on our eBranch2Go service (also available Arabic, English, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese)
The public libraries in Lycoming County offer a wide array of language self-instruction materials in downloaded audiobooks, books, CD, audiobook, VHS, DVD and e-book formats. To find them using the Library’s catalog, do a search on "language self instruction" or use the individual language such as "spanish self instruction or just click on the links below listed by individual language.

Spanish  |  French  |  Italian  |  German  |  Japanese  

The speech accent archive logo

The Speech Accent Archive, a site that collects and displays hundreds of accent samples from around the world.

Steven Weinberger, a professor of linguistics at George Mason University and the administer of the site, has written a 69-word “elicitation paragraph” about conducting such activities as picking up blue cheese or meeting a certain Stella at the train station, which he claims contains almost every sound in English. Native and non-native speakers from around the world are recorded reading the paragraph, and these recordings and their phonetic transcriptions are posted on a world map for you.

Online Language Lesssons

BBC Languages
One lesson at a time, in your own time. Beginner and intermediate lessons inFrench, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Greek. If you’re a relative beginner, the site has tests to help gauge your fluency through a succession of gradually more challenging questions. There are lessons presented in both text and video formats, along with an online progress tracker.  This is an excellent website for those who are trying to learn French. The "Ma France" program is a really terrific set of videos, and if you like watching videos to learn, you will appreciate this. Free.

Live Mocha
Free registration and instruction offered in online language-learning community environment. Features interactive lessons and includes both written and audio components. Learners can track progress online. Geared to both adults and young adults.

Now's your chance to learn a new language and meet people from around the world at the same time. Each lesson offers you six different ways to learn the phrases in that lesson.   By the time you're finished with the lesson you've learned the new phrases. Chat with other people who are learning the same language you're learning or chat with people who speak the language you're learning to help you learn it faster.

Pumarosa-logoSpanish - English practice for ESL
For anyone learning English, and English-Spanish practice for anyone learning Spanish.Pumarosa - 15 lessons for beginners and 15 intermediate lessons. Immediate pronunciation and practice or words and phrases.

Online Video Courses

From the Corporation for Public Broadcasting These are free to watch online. Just create a username and password and login before watching. They include:

Connect With English
A young woman’s story is used to teach English as a second language. Video series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners. 50 fifteen-minute video programs

Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish
Teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish. This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses students in everyday situations with native speakers and introduces the cultures, accents, and dialects of Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. 52 half-hour video programs.

Nuevos Destinos - Spanish
The multimedia Nuevos Destinos expands the ways you can use the original Destinos story. Retelling the story of lawyer Raquel Rodrìguez's original investigation. 15 video programs (12 to 19 minutes in length)

French in Action - French
This series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Pierre Capretz’s proven language-immersion method is presented within a humorous teleplay with native speakers of all ages and backgrounds. The storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman's adventures in Paris and the French countryside is reinforced by Dr. Capretz’s on-camera instruction. 52 half-hour videos.