City of Swan


In this section you can learn another language online in your own time, or improve your English if it is not your first language. You can also access online children's books written in languages other than English.

General Resources
Resource Description
Byki Transparent Language Transparent Language Online*
Heading overseas and want to learn a bit of the local language before you go? Or perhaps English is your second language and you wish to improve it? Over 90 foreign language and 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to choose from.

iPhone, iPod touch & iPad / Android
International Children's Digital Library International Children's Digital Library
Need access to children's books written in languages other than English? The International Children's Digital Library has a growing collection of titles covering various languages and is freely available to children, teachers, librarians, parents, and scholars.
Foreign language eBooks
Head to our eBooks section if you're after eBooks written in languages other than English.

* Available to library members

Transparent Language Online

Heading overseas and want to learn a bit of the local language before you go? Or perhaps English is your second language and you want to improve?

Transparent Language Online is a powerful and personalised online language learning system available to library members. It locks foreign language words and phrases into your memory so that you can recall them perfectly and remember them forever.

Available language courses
There are over 90 different languages and dialects available from all over the world to learn including -

Afrikaans, Albanian, Altai, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Belorussian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chechen, Chinese(Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Mirandese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (European), Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajiki, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Uzbek (Latin), Vietnamese, Welsh and Zulu.

Available English as a Second Language (ESL) courses
There are over 27 different languages to learn English including -

English for — Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese speakers. 

You are also able to learn French, German and Italian as a Second Language.

International Children's Digital Library

Language barriers have never been more pronounced. As families move from Kenya to Finland or Brazil to Mexico or Vietnam to California, books published in their native country or in their first language often must be left behind. In their new homelands, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to find children's books from their cultures and in their mother tongue. Parents have little access to the books and stories from their youth to pass on to the next generation. Many children must grow up without knowledge of their family's heritage and first language.

A fundamental principle of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation is that children and their families deserve to have access to the books of their culture, as well as the majority culture, regardless of where they live. Their goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.

Last Update : 07/09/2015
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City of Swan Administration Centre, 2 Midland Square, Midland, Western Australia
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