Four Ways to Learn a Language
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Four Ways to Learn a Language

Let Plano Public Library help you learn a new language.

Your library offers a wide range of resources to help you learn a language, whether for business, travel or English as a Second Language (ESL).


Pronunciator is a language learning resource available through the databases page of the Plano Library website. Pronunicator is a free way to learn any of more than 80 languages. Pronunciator includes live tutors, feature films, music with lyrics, pronunciation analysis, quizzes and more. ESL is available for 50 non-English languages, plus apps for Android, Apple and Kindle Fire devices.

Use our Getting Started with Pronunciator guide to learn more.

Books & Audiobooks

Within our large nonfiction collection, we offer books and audiobooks for learning a variety of languages including ESL. Language materials include Spanish, Irish, French, German and more.

You can also utilize language materials on the go with eBooks and eAudiobooks through Overdrive or the Libby app (from Overdrive). ESL materials are also available.

World Language

Non-English materials are available for children and adults in our World Language collections. Whether it’s bilingual board books or adult fiction, each of the five library locations offers world language sections you can browse, or you can search the library catalog by language.

Languages include Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, Russian, Japanese, Arabic and Spanish. You can find eBooks in some of these languages as well through the Libby app by Overdrive.

Bilingual Backpacks

Exposure to a second language at a young age considerably improves a child’s early literacy development. With a combination of flashcards, DVDs and games, Bilingual Backpacks help English-speaking children learn a new language and support English-learning children with their English skills. Search “bilingual backpack” in the library catalog to place a hold, or pop by one of our locations to see which backpacks are available for immediate checkout.

Languages include: American Sign Language, English, Chinese, Korean, French, French 2, Spanish, German, Hindi, Italian and Japanese. See our videos below for more details.

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