In-person

Queens Public Library offers Beginner Language Learning workshops focusing on basic conversation and culture. These workshops are taught by bilingual volunteer facilitators using the Transparent Language Online program (see description below). These workshops run for 10 weeks and depend on volunteer availability. We have offered Chinese (Mandarin), French, Korean, and Spanish workshops in the past. Please check the online events calendar or the events section of Queens Library Magazine for upcoming workshops.

Formal Beginner Language classes with native language instructors are offered as funding permits at the Central Library and select community libraries. Past classes have included Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Please check the online events calendar or the events section of Queens Library Magazine for upcoming workshops.

Online Resources

BBC Languages
BBC Languages provides an excellent language-learning resource for the general public at no cost and includes 40 languages. This is an archived website, so content is not updated, but it is still very useful for language learning.

Duolingo
Duolingo is a free language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. The website and app offer 85 different language courses in 24 languages.

Rocket Languages
Rocket Languages is an award-winning online language-learning system. Queens Public Library cardholders can use this interactive website to learn conversational language at their own pace. Customers can stream content from the website or download content for easy access on all MP3 compatible devices. Available languages include Spanish (Latin American), Arabic, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, English, English (Spanish Speakers), English (Japanese Speakers), and American Sign Language.

Transparent Language Online
Research-based and experience-driven, Transparent Language Online is a language-learning program that provides an effective, fun, and engaging experience for language learners of all levels. Combining top-of-the-line courses with lots of great, supplemental resources for over 90 languages, plus ESOL courses for speakers of many languages, Transparent Language Online is the ultimate language-learning system. Queens Public Library cardholders can access it using a computer, tablet, or smartphone by downloading the Transparent Language app.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Fred J. Gitner
Assistant Director of New Initiatives and Partnership Liaison
New Americans Program
718-990-0892 (phone)
718-990-8626 (fax)
fred.j.gitner@queenslibrary.org