Foreign Language Resources

If you're learning a foreign language, you can't spend too much time familiarizing yourself with it. One's native tongue takes no effort, at least on a purely communicative level; acquiring a knowledge of French or Mandarin or Swahili requires not only that you learn an unfamiliar vocabulary and grammar, but that you think like native speakers. A language is a reflection of values and culture as much as words and sentences.

Many foreign language courses employ an immersion method, simply drowning students in the language until they begin to absorb it on their own. This is generally a good idea, but even the most comprehensive immersion program will leave gaps, and those are often best filled with supplemental resources and books designed for just that purpose.

For young kids, a lot of these are primarily introductory: picture books that identify familiar images (cars, apples, etc.) with foreign phrases (the Usborne First Thousand Words books come to mind), audio to guide pronunciation, workbooks, and the like. The highly visual nature of most of these resources draws kids in immediately, and starts them on the path to foreign language acquisition painlessly and almost without their knowledge.

As students get older, they'll need more grammar- and communication-oriented material. The 501.....Verbs series is a great place to learn conjugations and usage. Flippers offer quick reference both to basic vocabulary and common grammar issues. There are a plethora of books for Greek and Latin students, many of them worktexts designed for reinforcement.

At every stage, learners need to put their knowledge to practical use. Finding native speakers to converse with is always an excellent choice, but if none are available, reading stories or books in the new language is both challenging and highly rewarding. Many English-language classics are available in translation, or you can read foreign works in the original language.

It's important to remember that learning a new language isn't like riding a bicycle: if you don't practice frequently, you're likely to forget the skills and knowledge you've obtained. Many of the books you'll find in this section can help keep you sharp and in practice. A lot of resources are also available online, and often the level of interaction these provide is exactly what students need.

We'd also encourage you to browse our geography and history sections to find books, maps and other materials that provide deeper understanding of the culture and customs of the nations where the language you're studying is spoken. Language codifies many of the attitudes and beliefs of those who speak it, and understanding what those are can only deepen your understanding of the language itself.

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¡Pío Peep!
by Alice Schertle, Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy
Bilingual from Rayo
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: O5B-PIC)
501 Arabic Verbs
by Raymond P. Scheindlin, Ph.D.
from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Arabic (Location: S-Arabic)
$18.99
501 English Verbs
by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr., Ph.D.
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: D4E-GRA)
$18.99
501 French Verbs
by Christopher & Theodore Kendris
6th edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in French (Location: S-French)
501 German Verbs
by Henry Strutz
4th edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in German (Location: S-German)
$18.99
501 Hebrew Verbs
by Shmuel Bolozky, Ph.D.
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
$18.99
501 Italian Verbs
by John Colaneri & Vincent Luciani
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Italian (Location: S-Italian)
501 Japanese Verbs
by Roland A. Lange & Nobuo Akiyama
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Japanese (Location: S-Japan)
$18.99
501 Latin Verbs
by Richard E. Prior & Joseph Wohlberg
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Latin Resources & Reference (Location: E1A-FOR)
$18.99
501 Russian Verbs
by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr., Ph.D.
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Russian (Location: S-Russian)
501 Spanish Verbs
by Christopher & Theodore Kendris
7th edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Spanish Resources (Location: S-Spanish)
$16.99
All Aboard! Paris
All Aboard!
by Kevin Meyers, Haily Meyers
1st edition from Gibbs M. Smith
for Nursery-Preschool
in Board Books (Location: J)
Arabic in 10 Minutes a Day
by Kristine Kershul
2nd edition from Bilingual Books
for 6th-Adult
in Arabic (Location: S-Arabic)
Arroz Con Leche
by Lulu Delacre
Bilingual from Scholastic Inc.
for Preschool-2nd grade
Basics of Biblical Hebrew - Workbook
by Gary Patico & Miles V. Van Pelt
2nd edition from Zondervan
for 11th-Adult
in Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
$22.99
Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar
by Gary D. Pratico, Miles V. Van Pelt
2nd edition from Zondervan
for 11th-Adult
in Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
$54.99
Beatrix Potter 3 Volume Set in Latin
by Beatrix Potter
from Canon Press
in Latin Resources & Reference (Location: E1A-FOR)
Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide
Bilingual from Zondervan
in Greek Resources (Location: S-Greek)
$19.99
Biblical Hebrew - Set
by Kim McKay
from Alef Press
for 4th-12th grade
in Biblical Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
Biblical Hebrew 2
by Kim McKay
from Alef Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Biblical Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
Biblical Hebrew 2 - Set
by Kim McKay
from Alef Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Biblical Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
Biblical Hebrew 2 - Workbook
by Kim McKay
from Alef Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Biblical Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
Biblical Hebrew 2 - Workbook Answer Key
by Kim McKay
from Alef Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Biblical Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
Biblical Hebrew: A Homeschool Primer
by Kim McKay
from Alef Press
for 4th-12th grade
in Biblical Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
Biblical Hebrew: Annotations and Answers
by Kim McKay
from Alef Press
for 4th-12th grade
in Biblical Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
Biblical Hebrew: Show and Tell DVD
by Kim McKay
from Alef Press
for 4th-12th grade
in Biblical Hebrew (Location: S-Hebrew)
$42.95
Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs
2nd edition from McGraw-Hill
for 7th-Adult
in Spanish Resources (Location: S-Spanish)
$16.00
Caring for Young Children
Beginning Sign Language Series
by S. Harold Collins
from Garlic Press
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Sign Language (Location: S-Sign)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Cassell's Latin & English Dictionary
from John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
for 6th-Adult
in Latin Resources & Reference (Location: E1A-FOR)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Cattus Petasatus
by Dr. Seuss
from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Rhyming fantasy (in Latin) for 1st-3rd grade
in Latin Resources & Reference (Location: E1A-FOR)
Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day
by Kristine Kershul
7th edition from Bilingual Books
for 6th-Adult
in Chinese (Location: S-Chinese)
Climbing Parnassus
by Tracy Lee Simmons
from Intercollegiate Studies Institute
in Classical Education (Location: P2C)
$15.00 $10.00 (1 in stock)
Collins Spanish Dictionary
by HarperCollins Publishers
Bilingual from HarperTrophy
for 10th-Adult
in Spanish Resources (Location: S-Spanish)
$5.99
Colors of China
Colors of the World
by Shannon Zemlicka
from First Avenue Editions
for 1st-4th grade
in China (Location: F3D-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Count Your Way Through Japan
by Jim Haskins
from Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Japanese (Location: S-Japan)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Du Iz Tak?
by Carson Ellis
from Candlewick Press
2017 Caldecott Honor Medal
in Picture Books (Location: O5B-PIC)
El Espanol Facil
from Great Commission Languages
for 4th-Adult
in Spanish Curriculum (Location: S-Spanish)
$112.00
English Grammar for Students of French
Fifth Edition from Olivia & Hill Press
for 7th-12th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Essential Arabic
Com/Pap Bl from Living Language
for 10th grade-adult
in Arabic (Location: S-Arabic)
$22.99 $16.00 (1 in stock)
Ferdinandus Taurus
by Elizabeth Hadas, Munro Leaf
from David R. Godine
for 7th-12th grade
in Latin Resources & Reference (Location: E1A-FOR)
$14.36
First John Reader
by S. M. Baugh
from P&R Publishing
for 10th-Adult
in Greek Resources (Location: S-Greek)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
First Start French Level I - Kit
by Danielle L. Schultz
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
First Start French Level I - Pronunciation CD
by Danielle L. Schultz
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
$8.95 $6.00 (1 in stock)
First Start French Level I - Student Edition
by Danielle L. Schultz
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
$17.50 $12.00 (1 in stock)
First Start French Level I - Teacher Edition
by Danielle L. Schultz
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
$17.50 $12.00 (2 in stock)
First Start French Level II - Kit
by Danielle L. Schultz
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
First Start French Level II - Pronunciation CDs
by Danielle L. Schultz
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
$8.95
First Start French Level II - Student Edition
by Danielle L. Schultz
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
$17.50
First Start French Level II - Teacher Edition
by Danielle L. Schultz
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in French (Location: S-French)
First Thousand Words in Chinese
by Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright
from Usborne
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Chinese (Location: S-Chinese)
$12.99 $9.00 (1 in stock)
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