Learn a Language

The Pleasanton Library offers free resources for learning a new language or improving your English proficiency.


Pronunciator. Learn up to 163 languages with personalized courses, movies, music, and more. Includes new COVID-19 language course in 101 languages. Also available as a mobile app on your device’s app supplier. Your library card number is required for access.


Bluebird. A stylish language learning mobile app available on your device’s app supplier. Learn up to 163 languages, taught in 143 languages. Your library card number is required for access.


USA Learns. A free website for learning English and improving basic reading, writing, speaking, and life skills.


Open Culture. A free website offering educational and cultural media in 48 languages. 


Physical Items in the Library

Find language learning items in the library collection by searching the term “language self-instruction” in the library catalog. For a specific language, add the language to the search term. For example, “Spanish language self-instruction” will display all language learning items in Spanish. Try Arabic, Chinese, French, etc.


English as a Second Language (ESL)

For English as a Second Language (ESL) Services, please visit Pleasanton Reads: Serving Adult Learners of English.


Benefits of learning a language

Why should I learn a language? According to ACTFLlanguage learning has been shown to improve a student’s cognitive function, including, but not limited to:

    • Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills
    • Improved Verbal and Spatial Abilities
    • Improved Memory Function (long & short-term)
    • Enhanced Creative Thinking Capacity
    • Better Memory
    • More Flexible and Creative Thinking
    • Improved Attitude Toward the Target Language and Culture