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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Foreign Languages: Learning New Languages

Searching by Subject

You can search the WNCLN Catalog for keywords related to the language you are learning, but you may have more success if you search by subject. On the catalog page, select "Subject" in the drop down box, and then type in "Spanish Language" (or "French Language," or "German Language," etc.) and click "Submit." This search will bring up a list of relevant subject headings, for example:

Spanish Language Alphabet

French Language Conversation and Phrase Books

German Language Pronounciation 

Portuguese Language Grammar

Browse the list of subject headings and click on those that seem most relevant to you search to see a list of materials that fall into that category. You can also try searching the catalog for these specific subject titles.

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Key Online Resources

For more online resources for a specific language, click on the yellow tabs at the top of the page.

Curriculum Materials

If you are a beginner in a new language, you might consider looking at the library's curriculum resources. Found on our Lower Level, curriculum materials are those designed for the classroom. Resources created for high school classrooms often cover ample material for beginners, whether you are learning on your own or in an entry-level course.

To find curriculum materials, go to the WNCLN Catalog and select "Advanced Keyword" in the "(More Searches)" box. Click the green arrow. Now put in the keyword "Spanish Language" (or the language of your choice), choose "UNCA Curriculum" in the "Location" box, and select the language of your choice in the "Language" box near the bottom of the screen. This will bring up only curriculum materials for the language you searched.

Using Juvenile Literature

Another fun resource for learning foreign languages is the juvenile literature collection. You can use bilingual or foreign language children's books for simple reading practice.

To find juvenile literature materials, go to the WNCLN Catalog and select "Advanced Keyword" in the "(More Searches)" box. Click the green arrow. Now put in the keyword "Spanish Language" (or the language of your choice), choose "UNCA Juvenile Lit" in the "Location" box, and select the language of your choice in the "Language" box near the bottom of the screen. This will bring up only juvenile literature resources for the language you searched. 

*NOTE: The majority of these resources are in Spanish.

Languages "Behind the Wheel"

The "Behind the Wheel" series features audio tutorials for learning new languages. These CD sets are available from our catalog for French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. To locate the tutorial of your choice, search for the keyword or subject heading "Behind the Wheel."