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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.
Road to IELTS
Road to IELTS is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, the International English Language Testing System. IELTS is designed 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.
The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.
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.
Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, including foreign language study titles
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.
Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online includes French, German and Spanish bilingual dictionaries, as well as many more languages
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.
Same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from around the world. Publications are available from more than 100 countries in over 60 languages, with titles going back 90 days.
Other useful sites
These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:
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.
New Zealand Sign Language
Information about New Zealand sign language, which is an official language in New Zealand.
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.