New opening hours from May 2012

Dear all,

Please note that our opening hours (and days) will take effect from 1 May 2012.  We will open on:


Mondays: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

Tuesdays: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

Thursdays: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm


However, the Self-study room will still be open if you wish to watch a foreign film or practice on your vocabulary / listening / speaking skills throughout the weekdays (Mondays – Fridays: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm).

Both the AV Language Library & the Self-study room are closed on weekends & public holidays.

Happy studying, and enjoy the rest of this semester! 🙂


April 23, 2012 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

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Browse our specialised collection of language materials at the AV Language Library!

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New foreign language movies (Jan-Mar 2012)

Dear all,

Over the past 3 months, documentaries and movies in various languages have been recorded from free-to-air TV channels.

Please feel free to pass on this post who might be interested.   These programs are available in the Self Study room (Level 2, Brennan MacCallum building) should you  wish to view them.



Lebanon’s official entry at the 2008 Academy Awards takes a vibrant and intricate look at the lives and relationships of five Christian and Muslim women who work at and frequent a Beirut beauty salon.

(2007)  (France/Arabic)  Director: Nadine Labaki

M  A  Romantic Comedy  105 mins  Repeat


At the End of Daybreak

Looking to escape the burden of his alcoholic mother, 23-year-old Tuck strikes up an illicit online relationship with Ying, a 15-year-old schoolgirl. A stark portrait of troubled youth, dysfunctional family life and tragedy. Winner of two awards at the 2010 Asian Film Awards, including Best Newcomer.

(2009)  (Malaysia/Mandarin)  Director: Yuhang Ho

M  A  Drama  94 mins

The Chinese Are Coming

Journalist Justin Rowlatt investigates the spread of Chinese influence around the globe and asks what the world will be like if China overtakes America as the world’s economic superpower. (Part 1)

Documentary | English, Portuguese

Cinema Asia: China

This five-part documentary series takes viewers into the most dynamic film scene on the planet. China is now the world’s third-largest producer of cinema films. Since the darkness of the Cultural Revolution, when filmmaking virtually ceased in China, the Chinese cinema industry has come storming back. Arthouse films such as Yellow Earth and Red Sorghum introduced the world to a new kind of cinema.

Documentary | Mandarin

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

A bittersweet tale of love, courage and the magic of storytelling. A 2003 Golden Globe nominee, set during the Cultural Revolution and based on the director’s life.

(2002)  (France/Mandarin)  Director: Sijie Dai

M  A  Drama  110 mins


In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin’s three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory.

(2002)  (Hong Kong/Mandarin)  Director: Yimou Zhang

M  A  Action  99 mins

Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy

What is it like to be taken from your Chinese foster family, put on a plane and then wake up in a new country, family and culture? This is the story of Fang Sui Yong, an eight-year-old orphan, and the Sadowskys, the Long Island Jewish family that travelled to China to adopt her. Sui Yong is one of 70,000 Chinese children now being raised in the United States. Through her eyes, witness her struggle with a new identity as she transforms from a timid child into someone that no-one – neither her new family nor she – could have imagined.



March 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Fun ways to learn a language

What are some of the fun ways to learn a language?  This blog post lists the top 5 fun ways:

Did you know that the AV Language Library has some fun ways to study a new language too? Here they are:

  1. Come in to watch a foreign language film (all with subtitles)! Choose from Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Mandarin & Japanese, Korean, Italian & Spanish, to Portuguese, Swedish, & Vietnamese, just to name a few.
  2. Use our fun & interactive EuroTalk software to practice your pronunciation.  Test your knowledge with quizzes and memory games, practice your dictation and comprehension, as well as speaking skills! Languages available: Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish & many more!
  3. With our Rosetta Stone software, you can hear, write and retain knowledge by matching words to images, complete sentences and phrases out loud, polish your pronunciation through emulation of native speakers, and speak confidently and develop your conversational abilities.
  4. Use the Language Player software to listen to and record your voice to a native speaker’s, slow down speech from a recording, and save your files onto your USB.  ** Note that the Language Player isn’t found anywhere else in the University except in the Self Study room, so come on in to practice your pronunciation!
  5. Learn the foreign language of your choice through links on the Language Blog – Grammar, Pronunciation, Vocabulary, Songs, Reading, & Listening.

So what are you waiting for? Come in and perfect your foreign language skills with the many materials in the AV Language Library! 🙂

March 29, 2012 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Welcome to a (language) library near you!

Hello to all our new (and existing) students at the University of Sydney!

If you’re taking up a foreign language this semester, you may or may not know that there is a language library specifically catered to help you with your studies.

The AV Language Library is located in the Brennan MacCallum Building (A18, Level 2) and comprises of the Library as well as the Self Study room.  Do note that this is a closed-access library; thus no resources can be borrowed out.

Opening Hours

AV Language Library –> Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays (8.00 am – 4.00 pm)

Self Study room –> Mondays – Fridays (8.00 am – 6.00 pm).

So what’s in it for me?

  • You can watch foreign films from any of the computers in the Self Study room;
  • You can watch live satellite TV in French, German, and Arabic;
  • You can study the language of your choice from a range of AV materials and books available;
  • You can use our fun & interactive CDs (e.g. Talk Now, World Talk, and Rosetta Stone) to learn a new language; and
  • You can listen, record, and practice your pronunciation using Language Player, a state-of-the-art software.

Spread the word around that there is a Library blog specifically aimed at students studying a foreign language whilst here at Sydney Uni.

For more info, please visit our webpage to download our Brochure, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, or simply pop by to say hi!   Let me know (via comments in this blog, or via my Facebook profile or even our Facebook Page) what you’d like to see more of in this blog or on our Facebook page.

Wishing all a good semester ahead, and have a fun time whilst studying at Sydney Uni! :)

March 5, 2012 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Scan this code for our Facebook page!

Like the AV Language Library’s Facebook page and be kept up-to-date with our new language resources (including foreign films & Satellite TV available for viewing from our computers), events, and more!

Follow the link to the Facebook page or scan the QR code above.


(To scan this code, download QR Reader to your mobile device and be delivered straight to our Facebook page).

February 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

New foreign language movies (November 2011)

Over the past month, documentaries and movies in various languages have been recorded from free-to-air TV channels.

These programs are available in the Self Study room (Level 2, Brennan MacCallum building) should you wish to view them.

Please feel free to pass this post on to whoever might be interested.


Bon Voyage

An actress, a writer, a university researcher and a government official combine in an effort to flee Paris in the shadow of the Nazis’ takeover of the city. Screened at the 2004 French Film Festival, and nominated for 11 Cesar Awards.

(2003)  (France/French)  Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
M  V  Drama  120 mins  Repeat


Un Secret 

Francois is a sickly boy growing up in post-WWII France. His parents are athletic and obsessed with sport. Francois imagines he has a brother who is the exact opposite of him: handsome, athletic and forceful. At age 15, a neighbour reveals a dark family secret: Francois did indeed have a brother from his father’s previous marriage. Gradually a dark tale emerges of an extended Jewish family torn apart during the Nazi occupation.

(2008) (France/French)  Director: Claude Miller

Drama  105 mins


Black Butterfly

After the brutal murder of Guido Pazos, an incorruptible judge, his girlfriend sets out to find the person who ordered the killing, and who then smeared Pazos’ name by making the death look like it occurred at a gay orgy. Nominated for a Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film 2008.

(2006)  Spain  Director: Francisco J Lombardi
M  L,S,V  Drama  120 mins  Repeat

November 30, 2011 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

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