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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501 Arabic Verbs
by Raymond P. Scheindlin, Ph.D.
from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Arabic (Location: FL-ARA)
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: GRA-REF)
501 German Verbs
by Henry Strutz
4th edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in German (Location: FL-GER)
501 Hebrew Verbs
by Shmuel Bolozky, Ph.D.
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Hebrew (Location: FL-HEB)
501 Japanese Verbs
by Roland A. Lange & Nobuo Akiyama
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Japanese (Location: FL-JAP)
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: FL-LATREF)
501 Spanish Verbs
by Christopher & Theodore Kendris
7th edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Spanish Resources (Location: FL-SPA)
Basics of Biblical Hebrew - Workbook
by Gary Patico & Miles V. Van Pelt
2nd edition from Zondervan
for 11th-Adult
in Hebrew (Location: FL-HEB)
Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide
Bilingual from Zondervan
in Greek Resources (Location: FL-GRE)
Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs
2nd edition from McGraw-Hill
for 7th-Adult
in Spanish Resources (Location: FL-SPA)
Cassell's Latin & English Dictionary
from John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
for 6th-Adult
in Latin Resources & Reference (Location: FL-LATREF)
Climbing Parnassus
by Tracy Lee Simmons
from Intercollegiate Studies Institute
in Classical Education (Location: HSR-METCE)
$15.00 $10.00 (2 in stock)
Essential Arabic
Com/Pap Bl from Living Language
for 10th grade-adult
in Arabic (Location: FL-ARA)
$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: FL-LATREF)
First Start French Level II - Student Edition
by Danielle L. Schultz
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in French (Location: FL-FRE)
Grass Sandals
by Dawnine Spivak
from Atheneum
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Greek Alphabetarion
by Harvey Bluedorn
from Trivium Pursuit
for 5th-8th grade
in Greek Resources (Location: FL-GRE)
Greek Hupogrammon
by Harvey Bluedorn
from Trivium Pursuit
for 1st-4th grade
in Greek Resources (Location: FL-GRE)
by Joyce Rossi
from Luna Rising
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.36 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Learn Hebrew Today: ALEF-Bet for Adults
by Paul Michael Yedwab, Howard I. Bogot
from UAHC Press
for Adult
in Hebrew (Location: FL-HEB)
Learn to Sign the Fun Way
by Penny Warner
from Three Rivers Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Sign Language (Location: FL-SIGN)
Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Spanish
2nd edition from McGraw-Hill
in Spanish Resources (Location: FL-SPA)
Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit
by Dr. Seuss
from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Christmas Stories (in Latin) for 3rd-6th grade
in Latin Resources & Reference (Location: FL-LATREF)
Reader's Greek New Testament
by Richard Goodrich & Albert Lukaszewski
2nd edition from Zondervan
for 10th-Adult
in Greek Resources (Location: FL-GRE)
Signing for Kids
by Mickey Flodin
from Penguin Putnam
for 3rd-6th grade
Parent's Choice
in Sign Language (Location: FL-SIGN)
Spanish Search-a-Word Picture Puzzles
by Deb T. Bunnell, Kathy Casey
from Dover Publications
for 1st-2nd grade
in Spanish Resources (Location: FL-SPA)