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Create a Foreign Language Audio Collection

Asterix et le Papyrus de CesarLearning a foreign language involves many things. Of them, audio is an important factor. Hearing your chosen language over and over helps you become accustomed to it, and learn to pronounce it better. When you enjoy listening, your development is improved. In your efforts to learn, try building yourself an extensive foreign language audio collection so that you always have something to which you can listen.

This does not mean audio learning accessories, though these are very, very useful. For the purposes of this collection, things you really enjoy hearing are best. Whatever type of music you enjoy, it probably exists in the language you want to learn. From rock, to jazz, to popular music, these all abound in other countries. Go hunting for recommended musical artists who sing in the language you’re learning, and start collecting.  Look for both authentic music, as well as original music that was written specifically to help language learners.

If you’re a reader, make a list of the literature you want to read and go find the audiobook version. You can listen to the audiobook even if you’re not quite advanced enough to comprehend. Hearing it helps you learn and you may understand more than you realize. Then, later, when you’ve learned more, you can revisit the literature and read it yourself.

We are more than reading at World of Reading; we have audio, too. Come get what you need to learn a language on our site–from books with CDs, to music.

Classic Foreign Language Books for Your List

Have you made your summer reading list? Are you preparing for the next semester’s language course? We have what you need at World of Reading, and we have some suggestions for works of literature that are well worth devouring this summer. Check out these classics works of foreign language literature.

L’Assommoir by Émile Zola: As part of a lengthy series of novels, in which many characters appear more than once, this novel is generally considered one Zola’s best. It is a 19th century work of realism, focusing on the Parisian working class, and a woman named Gervaise Macquart, in particular. Though watching Gervaise go from happiness and potential prosperity, to pain and difficult times makes it a rather serious read, it is a well-crafted and artful portrait of an interesting time in history, and fascinating people.

Don Quijote de la ManchaEl ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (or Don Quijote de la Mancha) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Arguably, few people have never heard of Don Quijote (also known as Don Quixote), the Man of La Mancha. This classic has been translated into most languages. It is the story of a gentle, reasonable man whose mind is distorted by the reading of too many fantastical books about chivalry. He begins imitating what he reads, becoming his own version of an adventurous knight. The famous moment between Quijote and the windmill, among many others, makes this a must-read for anyone.

Die Leiden des jungen Werthers by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Goethe wrote this classic when he was only 24 years old, and it remains one of his most well-known works. This novel—considered somewhat autobiographical—is in epistolary form. It tells the story of Werther, a young artist, who is hopelessly in love with a girl, even though the girl is already engaged to someone else. This intensity of this emotional love story has made it a favorite since its publication in 1774.

Whether you want to read the classics, are required to read the classics, or you want to find something fun to read in your chosen foreign language, we can help you at World of Reading. Visit us today to find out about these great books and more.