In February, people show their love for one another by celebrating Valentine’s Day, but this month has also been designated as National Library Lovers’ Month, so why not show your love for your local library by checking out a few books that will boost your language learning. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
1. Spanish Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Spanish and Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! by Lingo Mastery
Interested in improving your grammar and vocabulary in context? This book makes it easy to practice essential concepts, such as verb tenses, commands, adjective agreement, and more. Each story focuses on a concept that is presented with authentic situations and dialogue.
2. Les Aventures de Tintin by Herge
Even if you haven’t studied French, you’ve probably heard of the series in English called The Adventures of Tintin, which was turned into a movie in 2011. While these French-language comics aren’t specifically designed for French learners, they’re perfect for those at a beginner level with previous classroom experience.
3. Get Started in Portuguese Absolute Beginner Course: The essential introduction to reading, writing, speaking and understanding a new language by Sue Tyson-Ward
Geared toward the independent learner or those looking to build a foundation before formal classes, the ten units found in this book cover topics ranging from checking into a hotel to describing your family and friends. Through the use of grammar inquiry, you can figure out grammar patterns and rules on your own, helping you to retain what you’ve learned.
4. Becoming Fluent in German: 150 Short Stories by Philipp Eich
According to the author of this book of German short stories, it’s easier for us to learn a language if it’s presented to us in a story because our brains are naturally drawn to this format. That’s why he uses short stories about familiar situations to teach German. Additionally, there are questions and answers to check comprehension and practice the new vocabulary and grammar integrated into the stories.
5. Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals by George Trombley and Yukari Takenaka
Begin your journey learning Japanese with the first book in a series that’s designed for beginners with zero experience. Co-author George Trombley is a professional Japanese interpreter who uses teaching techniques and exercises that have had success in classrooms all over the world!
By Kelli Drummer-Avendano
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