Language learning audiobooks available to download!

By Jen W. RSS Fri, August 29, 2008

Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language?  Whether you are travelling out of the country soon or just want  to communicate with your neighbors, our downloadable foreign language audiobooks include a wide selection of language learning programs.  Learn Hawaiian, Arabic, Italian, Spanish and many more languages at home, in your car, or on a plane.  Our foreign language study titles include beginner lessons through advanced as well as vocabulary builders. 

We also offer English language titles including Easy American Idioms, an audiobook designed to help familiarize non-English speakers with some of our more popular but extremely confusing phrases like "I'm counting on you" and "it slipped my mind."

Check them out on our "Media Downloads" page!  As always, if you can't find a title or a language that you are interested in, please send us a note!

To checkout our downloadable audiobooks, music and videos, click on “Media Downloads” from our main page.


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Neat! I was excited to see how many "Learn Italian" titles there were when I checked out the Media Downloads.
S - phila
Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I love to learn arabic, i will look forward to using this arabic book. Learn arabic
Matt - Tampa
Saturday, September 27, 2008

Audios are definitely great. In fact, that's how I learned a little spanish. A friend of mine said that she is using software to learn Chinese.
Bill - Dallas
Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nice, the Arabic one. Do you have plans to list a similar course in Hebrew ? I got a Tanakh in Hebrew off scripture4all.org, which is a brilliant work, but it has no audio. I am famous for not liking teachers, audio books work excellent for me. Thanks in advance, Juust
Juust - Holland
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

These are great for learning another language and a great way to learn - thoroughly recommended -
Joe - London
Friday, October 3, 2008

Audio books are indeed a great way to learn a new language, these two are a great addition to the media downloads section. Regards .
Neuro - England
Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Audiobooks are great - I learned Spanish with audiobooks and via internet http://spanish.online-spanisch.com
Marc - Example: Philadelphia
Monday, October 13, 2008

I love audiobooks - I learned Spanish with audiobooks and with live lessons via internet
Marc - Houston
Monday, October 13, 2008

I have always wante to speak another langauge. imagine the foreign people who comes the the USA can do it. Why can't we? I have done this by cassette tapes in the 90's but now there are great for spanish, french, chinese(mandarin), portuguese, german, italian, and more including indigenous and endangered languages. Imagine that, learning a endangered language to keep it alive. My new quest is to learn french. I have learned portuguese which is a romance language so hopefully it will not be too hard.
Frank - Example: Cherry Hill
Thursday, October 16, 2008

I have always wante to speak another langauge. imagine the foreign people who comes the the USA can do it. Why can't we? I have done this by cassette tapes in the 90's but now there are great for spanish, french, chinese(mandarin), portuguese, german, italian, and more including indigenous and endangered languages. Imagine that, learning a endangered language to keep it alive. My new quest is to learn french. I have learned portuguese which is a romance language so hopefully it will not be too hard.
Frank - Example: Cherry Hill
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Very cool, I was looking to buy Rosetta Stone to learn Italian before I go on my visit over there but I will give this a shot first. Sure beats spending 500 dollars on that!
Tom - Norristown
Sunday, December 7, 2008

What a great resource for language learners. When I was tutoring foreigners in ESL, I wish downloadable books such as the American idioms resource had been available for them. The idioms are interesting parts of any language, but can be really baffling to outsiders.
Diane - Cincinnati, Ohio
Sunday, December 7, 2008

I was going to buy the Rosetta Stone program for my wife so she could learn Spanish. Now I have a great resource I can download for her instead of paying $500!
Arthur Woo - Dayton
Monday, December 15, 2008

I live the free English Idioms. I am also looking for free English grammar teaching download. Thanks for the free elibrary.
James - Seattle
Sunday, February 8, 2009

I love the free English Idioms. I am also looking for free English grammar teaching download. Thanks for the free elibrary.
James - Seattle
Sunday, February 8, 2009

Please tell me some internet pages on which I can learn Japanese. Thanks!
Japanese - Blatnice
Sunday, March 1, 2009

Learning languages is an investment! You can never learn enough....
Bjoern - Barcelona
Monday, March 2, 2009

I just forget to add if somebody is looking for more information about learning spanish thats a great resource
Spanish in Barcelona - Where the sun always shine
Monday, March 2, 2009

This is a wonderful resource for people everywhere. I am thinking about all the kids in rural areas who may not have access to a large and well funded library. This is great.
Lawrence - Kansas
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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dream - Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

audiobooks are great. That's how I learned English (French is my first language). If you can have the written pages of the same, it makes things easier.
Theophile - New York
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Inspired us to create own audiobook. Thanks.
Sulumits Retsambew - Indonesia
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Business world is no looking at Australia and U.A.E as the biggest market after the US. With Australia, its not an issue to communicate as English language is understood anywhere within Australia, however there is a problem communicating with U.A.E as they are more focused on Arabic. Some companies within U.A.E has external communication person who can properly communicate in English but there are still a lot of local companies which are unable to communicate except Arabic. I personally think a person who knows Arabic can provide a profitable communication between companies in US and UAE. Some of the websites offering Arabic languages courses are: www.funwitharabic.com www.madinaharabic.com www.gulfarabic.com/ www.searchtruth.com/arabic/ www.breakingthearabiccode.com/ living in US and knows Arabic
Ronnie - USA
Thursday, July 23, 2009

I had no idea that the library had language stuff like this. Awesome!
Grant - phoenix, az
Friday, September 25, 2009

If you want to learn the I suggest you check out "The Magic Key To The Arabic Alphabet". It teaches the Arabic script and writing system through mnemonics (memory aids) that make rote learning superfluous.
Max - UK
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thanks for sharing. I and in fact I think the idioms is very important in order to understand native speakers
Gintaras - Lithuania
Friday, October 23, 2009

And also I want to share some interesting things about how to . I noticed that there are people who can speak many languages and they definitely know how to do this. On of them - Steve Kaufmann from Vancouver. He speaks ten languages and he has developed an online language learning system.
Gintaras - Lithuania
Friday, October 23, 2009

One of the most important things I noticed that in language learning I don't have to spend too much time with a difficult words and phrases. Instead I can just skip them and focus on more easy content. Later I will found these more difficult words in the another context ant then often I can understand and remember them more easily.
- Vilnius
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I'm learning English and I think "Easy American Idioms" audio-book will be very useful for my study. It's a pity that this title is currently not available to buy from your web site, but I've found a copy at Amazon. Thank you for the tip!
Christian - Paris, France
Sunday, November 8, 2009

I'm learning English and I think "Easy American Idioms" audio-book will be very useful for my study. It's a pity that this title is currently not available to buy from your web site, but I've found a copy at Amazon. Thank you for the tip!
Christian - Paris, France
Sunday, November 8, 2009

I'm learning English and I think "Easy American Idioms" audio-book will be very useful for my study. It's a pity that this title is currently not available to buy from your web site, but I've found a copy at Amazon. Thank you for the tip!
Christian - Paris, France
Sunday, November 8, 2009

I am going to and really recommend these audio language books and it will give me a head start before I study abroad.
Mike - Aisa
Thursday, December 17, 2009

I just love the Easy American Idioms auto book. It has really helped my English
- Japan
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Do you think that more could help?
Tutoring - Cherry Hill
Friday, January 15, 2010

I love that I am a better writer because of this very intimate, intensive exploration of language through audiobooks.
Chasey - Texas
Friday, February 5, 2010

Same here , before moving to china i tried my best to equip myself by learning it over the cd and things like that but , finally learnt that the best education is the practical way of learning. we need to speak it up with the native speakers, make mistakes as many as possible so that we are taught the right way to speak. well this is my bitter experience , but the best which made my day finally. yup, really...
nukelear - guangzhou
Sunday, February 14, 2010

Another word, rosetta stone ripped me off when i bought the spanish version - really basic can never move forward....with that.
scot - exe
Sunday, February 14, 2010

I have visited this site and got lots of information than other sites visited before a month.its very helpful for me.
Gregory Williams - india
Friday, April 2, 2010

Yes, non-US Citizens can take advantage of our resources as long as they have a valid Free Library library card. We have many residents of Philadelphia that are not US Citizens!
Jen W - Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This is a great resource of books! My question is if non US citizens can register to this library? We have a site with jobs and we would be interested in if our members cold have the possibility to learn foreign languages?
Locuri de munca - Romania
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A much need service. Thank you.
Marieaaa - NY
Friday, May 7, 2010

Learning from Chinese from audio is great. I used Pimsleur a lot back in the day. But I think learning from movies is very effective too. A friend told me about I might check it out.
Kurt - San Diego
Sunday, May 9, 2010

Does the library also have Rocket Spanish? It's a piece of software a lot of people have had success with (for example, this girl -- www.speakspanishsoftware.com ). I'd t just like to use to learn to speak Spanish but just don't have the money to purchase it right now. Thanks for your help!
Marcus - North Philadelphia
Thursday, July 15, 2010


lily - somewhere in PA
Thursday, July 15, 2010

What about Rocket French? I used this software a lot when I was learning French and would like to have access to it now that I speak fluent French. I still need some french learning software to stay fluent, of course. it's a great piece of french language software. if you don't believe me, check out www.frenchlanguagesoftwareinfo.org
James B. - Philadelphia
Thursday, July 15, 2010

This is very helpful. I also found a more in depth way to learn Spanish at http://teachyourselfspanishsite.com.
- Taos
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A lot of great resources for ! You really have a good selection.
ER - Philadelphia
Saturday, August 21, 2010

This is really a nice blog. I can not aggree with you more
Rosetta Stone French - ny
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This is really a nice blog. I can not aggree with you more
Rosetta Stone French - ny
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nice going! I will be here often. Keep going.:)
Friday, October 22, 2010

learn french and Chinese
Kevin Rose - LYON
Monday, November 29, 2010

Doing this makes learning a language so much more accessible. Dave
Dave Jones - Olney
Thursday, December 2, 2010

@commenter looking for resources to : Check out nihongoup.com, it's a friendly community for Japanese learners with a language lessons, games, a forum, etc.
Philip Seyfi - Moscow
Thursday, January 20, 2011

I've found that there are some okay free tools online if you look around. has some resources to pull from.
Lando - East Stroudsburg
Monday, January 31, 2011

I love the Pimsleur courses, and I bought the Foreign Service Institute course to , as it was only $20, and at some point it takes longer than 2 weeks to learn a language with proficiency.
Paul McClendon - Philadelphia
Sunday, August 7, 2011

Pimsleur is definitely good, though I think to really learn to speak, you need the "interactiveness" that you can only have with a real conversational partner. There's a site I found that goes into this in more detail: www.language-learning-tips.com , it has some great info.
Earl - Baltimore
Monday, January 16, 2012

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miroslavaanglescina - US
Thursday, May 17, 2012

I might as well give it a shot with the audio books for Spanish. I think my main problem is trying to be drilled in to learning. I rather have something fun or immersible that way im learning almost passively I Did a review on a spanish software for learning it at home: , willing to try those audio books listed on this page though.
lennox - New York
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Uo23Mu_wG0, did a review on it , on how you can use audio books like they mention ontop this page for spanish.
sarah - brooklyn
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Audio book is always the good source to learn a new language. I am learning English as a second language. beside English audiobook, english course is another great source. I found some best English speaking course at :http://englishspeakingcourses.com/ This website may be useful for those who want to improve their english speaking.
Arasta - Florida
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

We have to learn a foreign language if we want to grow professionally, because the successful companies will like to expand their businesses on the international platform.
Danny - Montgomery
Thursday, April 11, 2013

If you are going to expand your business across the borders of your country, you might have to face the language bar. Therefore, you need to be prepared to learn the new language so that you can communicate with the new staff conveniently.
- Edinburg
Thursday, April 11, 2013

for sure are great way to learn any language.
Mark Williams - Illinois, USA
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Language Audiobooks are for sure are great way to learn any language. http://www.languageaudiobooks.com/
Mark Williams - Illinois, USA
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A language teacher should insist on student's active participation in the classroom, and it is equally applicable if you have started an online language teaching course.
Mareq - http://languagehackingguide.info
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Foreign audio books are definitely helpful if you want to learn a language. The only one I have any actual experience with are the Pimsleur French audio lessons. It's really repetitive and sometimes boring, but the expressions do stick with you and helps you communicate on a basic note. Either way, I think that the best way to learn a language is to actually be immersed in the area of the spoken language for a few months. I did it twice in French immersion and my French has improved immensely. If you wanna check it out, I have a blog at www.lostinfrench.com
Anthony De Guzman - Toronto
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I truly get pleasure from while I read your blogs and its content.
language tutors
Monday, November 11, 2013

I like Instant Immersion Arabic book it is provide much help of learn languages online like http://lingointeractive.com/course/lingo-spanish/
Anthony Tony - Austin, TX
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Thanks a lot for this iniciative!!!
carlos santaella - Las Rozas de Madrid
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Foreign audio books are definitely helpful if you want to learn a language Jan http://franceintense.es
Jan Delors - malaga
Thursday, September 24, 2015

I record audiobooks in Spanish in my free time. I´m from Spain. You can listen and download some novels, poems and popular tales from my youtube's channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/Audiolibrosencastellano I hope it helps you to improve your listening and pronuntiation skills.
Francisco Fernández - El Ejido, Spain
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I want to learn I want to speak as well as
Azam - Dubai
Tuesday, May 8, 2018