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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Everything you need to learn a language!

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Library Card Required Databases

  • Mango Languages
    An online language-learning system teaching conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Create an account with your library card to track your progress. There's also an app!
  • MUZZY Online
    The world's #1 language course for children teaching Spanish, French, German, Italian, and English. Log in with your Darien Library Card.


  • BBC Languages
    Free courses and phrases, audio and video, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities and tests from the BBC.
  • Duolingo
    Duolingo offers free online language courses in Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Italian. A downloadable app for smartphones makes it a great choice for those on the go.
  • Google Translate
    Type text or sentences and translate into another language. Also, enter a website address to translate an entire website. There is also an option to attach and translate a document.
  • Live Mocha
    The world’s largest online language learning community. Create your free profile and start exploring language courses. It also gives you opportunities to live-chat with language partners from around the world.
  • Open Culture
    This collection features free, downloadable audio and written lessons in 40 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more.
  • Live Lingua - FSI Language Courses
    The FSI language courses cover over 40 languages from around the world. Some of the language learning material is a bit dated, but you can still learn a huge amount from this material. Feel downloads PDF workbooks and audios are available.

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