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October 7, 2015


Southwest Branch : Feature Detail

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Temporary book drop at Southwest Branch

Work to remove and replace the finish beneath the entry canopy has temporarily closed the exterior book drops through late October. Please use the temporary exterior book drop that has been set up at the branch. 

Use the library wherever you are!

Learn a new language at home or on the go

Without leaving your computer, you can learn another language or get help with English. Check out the Library's language-learning resources!


In the Library Catalog

  • Pimsleur series - CDs covering 31 languages. Using a series of 30-minute lessons, the Pimsleur method interweaves new and old material, focuses on the most common words in a language, and limits the amount of new material to bite-size portions.


  • Overdrive e-Audio - Choose from more than 200 digital audiobooks on language self-instruction. Download and play the books on a portable media device or computer.


Databases & Websites

  • Mango Languages(Opens a new window) - Covers over 20 languages and offers English as a Second Language (ESL) help in 14 languages. Using a conversational focus, the material drawn from native conversations is split into small, bite-size pieces designed to have the learner speaking a new language right after the first lesson.


  • Transparent Language Online(Opens a new window) - Take lessons in more than 80 languages, or get English as a second language (ESL) assistance for Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish speakers.  Transparent Language features pronunciation analysis, grammar reference tools and uses flash card exercises.


  • Muzzy Online(Opens a new window) - Eight languages for kids to learn! Developed by the BBC, Muzzy's "see and say, listen and learn" methods pattern the way children learn their first language.


If you are not on a Library computer, you will need to log in with your Library card and PIN numbers.


See all language resources, call the Quick Information Center at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian for more information.

Southwest Branch
9010 35th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98126



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