Communicating Abroad

Planning an international trip this year?  Worried about communication barriers?  Here are free foreign language resources to help you learn words and simple phrases that will not only enhance your travels but will reveal aspects of the culture you’re about to experience.

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  • Portable foreign language phrase books for Russian, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean and Japanese are in the Travel Neighborhood.
  • Language learning audio CDs (great to listen to while driving), dictionaries, and study guides begin in the 430s in the West Wing.
  • The popular Mango Languages online learning course is available free with your library card.  Explore 40 foreign languages at your own pace and feel more confident in your destination.

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  • Are you ready to advance your Spanish language skills or do you want to read a novel, cookbook or popular magazine written in Spanish?  Estos libros y revistas están cerca de las biografías en la sección de adultos.
  • In Overdrive, click the Reference and Study Aids heading and search “language” for downloadable ebooks. Search for language learning audiobooks by typing “language” in the search box for audiobooks.  Click the Travel heading for travel-related books and guides.
  • Challenge yourself further and try a different format.  Listen to the language of the culture you’ll be immersed in by checking out the world music collection of music CDs in the Media Center–limit 10.
  • Hundreds of foreign films are also in the Media Center. These DVDs are arranged alphabetically by title and have color-coded language labels for easy browsing–limit 6 entertainment DVDs.  To find a list of foreign movies set in India, search the catalog by subject for foreign films India.

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Kimberly Sain

As a Public Services Specialist, in addition to Reference work I promote the Travel, Pets, and Lawn & Garden Neighborhoods, coordinate nature-themed programs for adults and families, and serve on the Big Read planning committee. My interests include exploring new travel destinations, National Parks, Alaska, hiking trails in Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas, birding, Sandhill crane migration, Monarch waystations, Kansas native plants, citizen science activities, volunteer work as a certified Kansas Master Naturalist, and reading essays about the natural environment. Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is my all-time favorite novel.