Languages

Pronunciator Languages

With 80 languages to choose from and ESL courses in 50 languages, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a combination of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.

Web Resources

 

BBC Languages

Free audio & video lessons for speaking French, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Spanish, & more. Courses available in beginner & intermediate levels. 

 

Busuu

Excellent language learning site for beginners with units for 12 languages. Free login required. 

 

Duolingo

Free service helping you learn languages with your friends while simultaneously contributing to translate real-world content from the Web. Also available as an app.

 

ESL Gold

Hundreds of lessons for speaking, role play/conversation topics, grammar, vocab, pronunciation, reading, writing, etc, & most lessons include audio. Also has links to other ESL web sites, & textbook recommendations. 

 

Forvo

The largest pronunciation guide in the world with audio pronunciations in more than 200 languages. 

 

Google Translator

Takes a block of text in one language and translates it into another language.Includes 50+ languages as well as a “hear it” and “see it used in context” features.

 

Language Learning Library

Comprehensive language learning portal offering highly relevant & useful resources to begin and master a foreign language.

 

Learn a Language

Find lessons, online flashcards, activities and games, to enhance language learning. Offers Chines, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Also offers English instruction for French and Spanish speakers.

 

Live Mocha

Users can register at LiveMocha, the world's largest online community for language learners, for free lessons with a global community to help them learn a new language. Most content is free, but intermediate level coursework is not.

 

USA Learns

A project of the U.S. Dept. of Education. Offers free instruction at beginning and intermediate levels in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a simple and engaging format. Lessons focus on practical skills related to everyday life, family, health, and the workplace. There are classroom videos, story videos, newsfeature stories, and many interactive practice activities. 

Local Resources

 

Free English Conversation Circles at the Maynard Public Library

(Held in Cullen Room, 2nd floor)

 

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Wednesday        6:30pm     Beginner

Thursday            5:30pm     Intermediate/Advanced 

 

Are you new to studying English?   Do you want to practice your speaking and listening and develop more confidence in speaking English with others?   In a Conversation Circle you can to talk about daily life, ideas, books, movies, travel or food, science, parenting, hobbies, or the  the news, etc.  In this group you can learn to comfortably speak English about topics in everyday English.  You can also practice your pronunciation and add words to your everyday vocabulary by practicing your skills in a friendly environment. 

 

No registration is required. The Circles are led by an experienced English teacher who greatly enjoys being with English language learners.

English at Large

Provides free English language instruction to refugee and immigrant adults in Boston area communities. Organized by trained volunteers that deliver small-group instruction targeted to each learner’s goals.

 

Hudson-Maynard Adult Learning Center

Offers free literacy classes to adult learners including English Spoken with OtherLanguages (ESOL) and Hi-Set preparation.

 

Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline

Provides referrals to 300+ adult education programs that offer one-on-one tutoring, small-group or classroom instruction to adult learners. Includes information about basic reading, math, adult basic education, English language training, family literacy, Hi-Set preparation or testing sites. You can also call 
1-800-447-8844 to speak with a live agent. 

America's Literacy Directory

Find adult education, citizenship classes, computer classes, English as a Second Language classes, and more with this online directory that allows you search a radius of anywhere in the U.S.

 

Middlesex Community College

Offers a variety of credit and non-credit courses throughout the year in mostlanguages. Classes can be taken online or on-campus in Bedford and Lowell.

Wayland Public Library ESOL Conversation Group

Do you know someone who is learning basic English? The Wayland Library is starting an English conversation group for beginning and advanced beginning English speakers. This group is ideal for people who want to practice their English and learn about American culture. We will meet two Fridays each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. English-language learners at any level can apply for a free, one-on-one, English-language tutor. Applications are available at the adult circulation desk.

 

 

 

In-Library Resources

All language books and Books on CD can be found in the Non-Fiction area in the 400s on the 2nd level. 

 

The Reference Collection also contains dictionaries for most foreign languages.

 

The library has a small Spanish fiction and non-fiction collection. This is located on the 2nd level.

MLN Catalog Language Interface

The Minuteman Catalog is available with a traditional Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish interface.

 

If you need help in finding a certain title or language, please ask at the Reference Desk or call 978-897-1010 x103.

Maynard Public Library 77 Nason Street Maynard, MA 01754 Phone 978-897-1010