Bonjour! Comment allez-vous? Have you ever wanted to learn another language but thought it would be too time consuming, or not have enough patience to sit through a lecture that reminds you of your high school Spanish classes? Well, lucky for you, A. K. Smiley Public Library has a fantastic database that you can access through our website with your A. K. Smiley Public Library card called Pronunciator. Since we are social distancing ourselves and staying home, let’s make the best of it and explore learning a new language or brush up on a language you may already know. I have been practicing my French and Spanish, while my fiancé is just practicing his Spanish. Someone is a bit on the overzealous side.
Pronunciator has a whopping 75 languages to choose from. It has American Sign Language, Mexican Sign Language, Estonian, Irish, Latin, Tibetan, Urdo, and many more! Pronunciator is a very user-friendly database, giving the learner a wide range of learning options. It has a variety of fluency levels that range from the basics, using postcards with simple words and phrases, to more advanced options where you can listen to plays, poetry, or even listen to music. I found myself listening to the play “Cyrano de Bergerac” in the French language course. If you want a more personalized course, Pronunciator lets the learner custom build their own lesson plan. It offers many topics and lets the student choose the subject matter and for how long they want the course to last.
Instead of binging the next show that Netflix has to offer, why not expand your skill set and learn a new language, all you need is your A. K. Smiley Public Library card. Check out our website, www.akspl.org to access this database and many more. While we may be physically closed at this time, we are open 24/7 online. Hope to see everyone soon. Au revoir!