The world is opening up again, and many of us are thinking about taking our next big trip. Where to? Spain? Korea? Vietnam? Wherever you go, studying a language can make your fabulous trip even more fabulous.
No travel plans, you say? Language study can still widen and enrich your world. According to Rosetta Stone, learning a new language can help you preserve and improve your brain function, memory, and problem solving skills. You might even be able to connect with individuals in your community who speak the language. Plus, learning a language can be just plain FUN.
Ready to explore a new language? Read on to learn about how the Library can help!
Library users have access to a wide range of research and learning databases through the library’s website, including the language learning resource, Rosetta Stone.
You will find that Rosetta Stone is quite different than other language learning platforms. Whereas some utilize a classroom simulation approach, Rosetta Stone presents the language in a series of modular bits and pieces. In each lesson, flashcards pop up on the screen, presenting a word and a picture. After a review, there is a word matching test at the end of the lesson.
Rosetta Stone has lots of special features. There is an “On Demand” section where you can join conversational sessions with live teachers. These sessions have topical themes, such as “First Date,” “Birthday Celebration,” and even “Chocolate.” There is an Audio Companion for each unit where you can get extra practice by listening to native speakers.
Rosetta Stone has a wide variety of languages to choose from including Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Urdu!
In addition to offering databases, the library also has programs that encourage language learning. Attend ESL Conversation Café for an opportunity to practice your English or converse with English learners. Or, read and discuss books in español at our Discusión de Libros program. Visit our online calendar to learn more!
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