Jumpstart Your Language Learning Goals

Are you ready to learn a new language? San Mateo County Libraries is here to help you meet your goals! All you need to get started is your San Mateo County Libraries card (it begins with 29041, 29731 or 29735).

Pronunciator is browser-based, so there is no need to download an app, and it will work on computers, tablets and smartphones. Courses are offered for 163 languages worldwide, including American Sign Language, Mexican Sign Language and English as a second language. Each course offers audio lessons, vocabulary, translations and thousands of instructional phrases. Pronunciator also uses high-quality, real human voices for translations and video, so you can also learn accents and proper pronunciation.

Language courses can be customized to your needs, whether you are learning for travel, for work or just for fun. With 60 occupation-specific courses, you can spruce up your resume by learning a new language for your job. Pronunciator also allows you to change your “home” language, letting you learn in the language you speak at home.

Learn how to get started by viewing our Pronunciator tutorial, opens a new window.

For young language learners, our streaming video service Kanopy offers the beloved Muzzy, opens a new window videos with lessons for French, opens a new window, Spanish, opens a new window, German, opens a new window, Italian, opens a new window and more. You can also find the Little Pim (from Pimsleur, opens a new window) streaming videos, DVDs and more available via Hoopla and in our catalog.

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