Language Resources

Trying to learn a second, or even a third, language? Studying for TOEFL or looking to improve your English skills? The Kingston Frontenac Public Library has a wide collection of resources aimed at helping our patrons learn a new language or improve your skills.

Online Resources

KFPL provides access to two online language learning resources: 

  • Mango is an interactive learning tool that uses sound and visual display to help immerse users in over 40 different languages and over 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses taught in the native language; 
  • Little Pim makes learning a foreign language easy and accessible to all kids at the age they learn best, up to the age of 6 years.

Searching the Catalogue

There are several ways you can find language resources when searching our catalogue; the best strategy for finding what you want depends on what you're looking for.

Materials for Learning a New Language

If you're looking for items to help you learn a new language, try adding just the word "language" to your search, e.g., select "Non-fiction (print)" and search for "Italian language" or "Spanish language" (but if you're looking for French, try "French language self-instruction")

If you're looking for materials with an audio component, you can add the word "sound" to your search when using the "All Fields" index, e.g., select the "All fields" index, then search for "French language self-instruction sound" or "Italian language sound" ("sound" stands for "sound recording").

The same rules apply for whatever language you are looking to learn, from Mandarin to Cree.

Materials for English as a Second Language

The rules also apply if you're looking for materials to help you study for a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test or practise your English skills, e.g., search for "English as a second language".

Multilingual Collection

We also collect books, DVDs and CDs in different languages. Some materials are in our catalogue, while others are in browsing-only collections, available at the branches themselves, but not yet searchable online.

Try searching for the format you're interested in, "Fiction", "DVD", or "Magazine", for example, then use the filters to the left of the search results, the Limit By options especially, to limit the results to the language you are interested in.

You can find more of our multiligual collection at the Central, Calvin Park, Isabel Turner & Pittsburgh Branches (see below for languages available at each branch).

Central Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese
Calvin Park Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Hindi, Persian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu
Turner Chinese, French, Polish, Urdu
Pittsburgh French

Community Resources

Kingston Community Health Centres

Kingston Community Health Centres is home to Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA), a settlement services program provided in a variety of languages.

Immigration Kingston

At Immigration Kingston, a web portal designed for newcomers to the Kingston area, you can find lots of information about language training and assessment programs.

Kingston Literacy & Skills

On the Kingston Literacy & Skills site you'll find more information about the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, which provides free English classes for landed immigrants.

More Resources

Still looking for more resources to help you learn a language?  Here are three websites that we think might help.

Meetup

"Meetup" is an online service that lets you connect with like-minded people by forming groups and scheduling events in your area.  If you want to practise a new language, why not create a "Meetup" and get together with other Kingston-area language learners.

Fluent in 3 Months

This site promotes an "unconventional" approach to language learning and offers tons of advice and tips, reviews of language learning resources, and a forum to discuss your learning progress with others.

Omniglot

If you're looking for more technical information about languages, specifically about the structure and history of the world's writing systems, Omniglot is a good place start.