Wellington City Libraries

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Language Databases

BWB New Zealand Sign Language Collection

BWB's reference publishing and accounts of Deaf experience are freshly rendered using rich multimedia and visuals. The Collection includes two titles by Rachel McKee: New Zealand Sign Language - A Reference Grammar, and People of the Eye - Stories from the Deaf World
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Road to IELTS

Road to IELTS is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, the International English Language Testing System. IELTS is desinged to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. Wellington City Libraries provides access to two modules that help you prepare for the IELTS test:


The General Training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level. Start Here.


The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.Start Here.


LanguageNut is a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you'll soon be adding to your vocabulary. The non-English languages you can learn include te reo Māori, Indonesian, Mandarin (Pinyin and Hanzi), Italian, Arabic script and many others. There is also an option to learn English for speakers of non-English languages. NB when you click the link below, enter your library card number into the box on the site labelled "barcode" to login.
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Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. There are 71 different languages to learn, plus a range of lessons for learning English for speakers of other languages. Whether you're planning a holiday, learning a second language for fun or have just moved to New Zealand and want to learn English, Mango is an easy and effective way to learn a new language at your own pace. Start Here.

Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary provides authoritative definitions of over 500,000 words. It explains the meaning, pronunciation and history of the words that make up the English language. The online dictionary is updated quarterly to include new words and changing definitions. Start Here.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

The website of the Maori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, includes resources for interactive te reo Maori conversations, information about the language, and links to dictionaries and other resources. Start Here.

New Zealand Sign Language

Information about New Zealand sign language, which is an official language in New Zealand. Start Here.


This gives same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world. Publications are available from more than 100 countries in over 60 languages, with titles going back 90 days. It comes with a number of options including a customisable home feed, searching, instant translation, and social options such as sharing, commenting and following other users. You can access PressReader through your browser or with the PressReader app, available in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Publications can also be downloaded for offline reading on the app.
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BBC World Service

World news and analysis with BBC World service in 32 languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Russian, Sinhala, Somali, Tamil and Urdu. Start Here.


Dragon source provides access to hundreds of Chinese language magazines in both simplified and traditional Chinese including Vogue, Reader's Digest, and Phoenix weekly. These can all be viewed on your pc or mobile device browser. The database can be searched using title, keyword, or alternatively simply click on the magazine covers.
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