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e-books available for free download from the PPL

World Languages

Learning a new language? Want to practice your language skills? Preparing to travel abroad? Portland Public Library has online tools, audiobooks, and books to help you learn a language, at any skill level, at your own pace.

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Voulez vous apprendre une nouvelle langue, à votre propre rythme?

Aprendiendo un nuevo idioma, a su proprio ritmo?

Aprendendo uma nova língua, no seu próprio ritmo?

Mango Languages

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is a fun, fast online system to learn 45 languages including English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Russian, Swahili … and many more. There are also complete English courses taught in over 15  languages. Mango is a practical, interactive program, focused on conversation skills, so you’ll start speaking after just one lesson.

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Lights. Camera. Language.
Try this new Mango product — the first and only language and culture learning system that teaches through feature films now available from Portland Public Library.

Use Mango on a computer or download the iPhone or Android app. Set up your free account with your email address, library barcode, and a password.

Overdrive Language learning eBooks and eAudiobooks

On March 1, 2017, the Maine InfoNet Download Library will be moving to a brand new e-book and e-Audiobook platform called cloudLibrary. This will replace the Overdrive platform being used now.

Our current system, managed by Overdrive, will be turned off on February 28, 2017 and the cloudLibrary will be launched the very next day, March 1, 2017. For more information, please visit the Maine InfoNet Download Library website.

Download eBooks and eAudiobooks for learning a variety of languages from the Maine Infonet Download Library powered by Overdrive. Search for “language” or click “Foreign Language Study” in the Overdrive menu to see the full collection.


Tumblebooks also offers some children’s language learning eAudiobooks for French, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.

TOEIC Practice Tests — LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress LibraryThe Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is a global standardized test for English skills in the workplace, used by more than 9,000 companies, government agencies, and English language learning programs. LearningExpress Library offers two complete sets of online practice exams that use the official TOEIC format, content, and timing. Users must register to use the test. Registration is free.

The Language Learning Center at the Main Library

Find audio and printed materials to learn or practice a new language all available in one place on the Lower Level of the Main Library. You can also reserve a tutoring table — contact the Reference Desk at reference@portland.lib.me.us or 207.871.1725.

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