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Spanish resources @ the AV Language Library

Learning Spanish? Come by the AV Language Library & play a few games that’s not only fun, but helps you increase your vocabulary too!

Learn Spanish Now and World Talk Spanish are just two of the FUN & FREE resources you can use as a learner of Spanish – available from the computers in the Self Study room.  Come by during our opening hours to check it out!

For more information on the product, click on this link:


Also another great resource is Rosetta Stone – Spanish.  This interactive software comes in three levels where you can learn Spanish and gain the confidence to talk about your environment such as giving and getting directions, dining out, shopping, and enjoying basic, social interactions.

Try the demo for yourself at


These three excellent materials are available from the AV Language Library & Self Study room, during opening hours.  For more information including our opening hours, click on our Facebook page or drop the Librarian a message either through this blog or via Facebook 🙂


August 13, 2012 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Talk Now! Spanish (for Beginners)

Talk Now! Spanish is available in the Self Study room, and offers a simple-to-use method for you to start learning Spanish.  There are no dull exercises; just encouraging games that award you points for progress.  And it fits easily into short ten-minute sessions!

Features include:

Nine topics: first words, food, colours, phrases, parts of the body, numbers, time, shopping and countries.

A record/playback facility: enables you to practise your pronunciation and compare it to that of a native speaker.

Two quiz levels: test what you’ve learned, earn points and monitor your progress.

Memory Games: to improve your knowledge of key vocabulary.

Intelligent Software: remembers words you get wrong and targets your weak points.

Have a look at the video above for more info:, and

Come and visit your AV Language Library to start learning!

September 7, 2011 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Language resources (English, French, Mandarin, Spanish)

October 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

Language Resources (English, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish)

November 16, 2009 at 8:02 pm 1 comment

Language resources (English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Spanish)

September 11, 2009 at 8:02 pm 1 comment

Language resources (French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish)

September 4, 2009 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

Coming soon to a shelf near you…

We have recently acquired

FSI Programmatic Spanish Levels 1 and 2 (textbooks + 26 CDs).

Quoting from, this program was

“Produced originally by the Foreign Service Institute, this course is in
a Latin American dialect and is intended to lead you to a minimum
professionally useful level of proficiency. The course offers five
learning modes as follows: introduction, dialogue, grammatical
practice, variations, and application. The first 20 units of Level 1
emphasize word and phrase structure; the remaining units expand the
vocabulary and further develop verb morphology. At the completion of
Level 1 you will have completed work comparable to the first year of a
college-level Spanish course.”

Volume I contains twenty-five units of a course of about 100 units. The
course as a whole is intended to lead the student to a minimum
professionally useful level of proficiency. The objective of this
volume is to emphasize word structure and phrase structure; therefore,
this volume (especially through Unit 20) displays equal concern with
phrase relators, connectors, and verb morphology, and shows less
concern with vocabulary. During the introductory phase, the focus is
more on the student’s ability to perform in multi-phrasal and
multi-clausal sentences using the proper connectors and relators
instead of memorizing vocabulary items. Subsequent units will develop
the remaining verb morphology and expand the vocabulary.

Volume II contains 990 words including 150 cognates; the total for both
volumes is a little more than 1400 words. The grammatical inventory
presented in Volumes I and II is more than that normally thought of as
comprising a first year college course. Time required to finish Volume
II varies according to the students’ ability, of course, but it also
varies according to the amount of time spent on supplementary
ingredients such as conversation, reading, oral discussions of current
events, and so forth. Without these supplements, Volume II has required
an average of about 150 hours, including student preparation time,
during its first year of use at FSI.”

To view the contents of each book, click on these links:

Programmatic Spanish I  –  
Programmatic Spanish II  –  

August 21, 2009 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

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