The Library offers print and online resources in a variety of languages, including bilingual dictionaries, popular fiction and nonfiction books in Spanish & Polish for both adults, teens, and children. Ask at either the Kids & Teens or Adult Services Desks for help finding these print collections, or get started using the online resources below.


Transparent Language Online

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Try our new interactive language-learning system called Transparent Language Online!

Note:  This will replace our previous language learning system, Mango Languages, which is no longer available to Elmwood Park library cardholders.


Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in another language.

With over 110 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 30 languages, there is something for every learner. There are even KidSpeak™ courses with language-learning games and activities designed for kids ages 6 and up!

With mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, learners can enjoy the freedom to learn at home, in the Library, or on the go. Check back in January to try it out!



Additional Online Resources 

Duolingo - Free online language learning courses for beginners and more advanced learners. Coverage includes ESL, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and more.

Foreign Service Institute language courses - Free, public domain materials developed by the U.S. government. More than 40 languages are covered.

Memrise - Learn visually with user-generated, mnemonic flashcards.

Open Culture - Links to free language courses from around the Web, covering 48 languages.