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Language Learning @IUB Libraries: Do You Speak American?


Well, the answer varies depending on location, location, location. In the documentary, Do you Speak American, host Robert MacNeil travels the United States to “examine sociolinguistic questions and the dynamic state of American English, a language rich in regional variety, strong in global impact, and steeped in cultural controversy.”  You can check out the film from Media & Reserve Services (M&RS), located on the ground floor of the Herman B Wells Library, or watch it on Youtube. If you can imagine how many culturally diverse languages are spoken here in the United States, then can you imagine how many prime languages and dialects are spoken around the world?

Did you know that you can learn any of 60 foreign language courses offered on the IUB campus to include medieval languages such as old English, medieval Hebrew, Persian, old Tibetan, and Ugyhur?  Did you also know that the IUB Libraries collects print and non-print resources in over 200 languages?  Media & Reserve Services is dedicated to the teaching, learning, and cultural needs of its community.  We house a rich, and diverse language learning collection not only in audio formats, but in visual formats as well.

Select language titles in the collection include: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukranian, Welsh, and Zulu from noted companies such as Euro Talk Interactive, Foreign Service Institute, Pimsleur, and Rosetta Stone.   We invite you to drop in, ask our knowledgeable staff about the foreign language learning and film collections, and explore new languages and cultures today.

Audio CDs in the language learning collection circulate for 14 days, and movies from our extensive and eclectic foreign language film collection circulate for 7 days.  IU faculty, staff, and students can log into My Account to renew an item.

À bientôt!

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