Learn a New Language


Whether or not travel plans are in your future, you can expand and open your world now by learning a new language. And you can do it for free with your Dubuque resident library card!

Transparent Language Online is a complete language learning experience that you can access anytime, anywhere, on any device. It offers 110+ languages, including English as a Second Language (ESL) and American Sign Language (ASL). Features of this top-rated resource include:

Alphabet Courses

  • Full-length alphabet courses are available for 18+ languages. These will help familiarize you with new writing systems and empower you to learn one (or more!) of those “intimidating” languages like Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Arabic.

Essentials Courses

  • These courses guide you through 30+ lessons of pure language fundamentals that are essential for beginner learners. They include greetings, expressing wants and needs, planning for a trip, dealing with money, asking for help, and more.
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Supplemental Vocabulary

  • Topically-organized vocabulary lists will teach you thousands of new words and phrases through a suite of fun, interactive activities that build all four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Grammar Reference

  • An extensive index of grammar materials rounds out the learning experience, providing both written and multimedia explanations of grammar rules and patterns.

Worried that you won’t be able to learn on your own? Don’t be! A customizable Learning Path allows you to choose what you want to learn while an integrated analytics system tracks your progress to help keep you on target with your goals.

Transparent Language Online devices

Transparent Language Online works on any device, so you can learn from your laptop, phone, or tablet.

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