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Study Abroad: Cornell Library Services: Language

Learn about Library support for study abroad and international research

Listen, watch, read ...

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Before you embark

For quick-start in a new language, outside class, try these strategies:

-- Borrow an introductory language learning audioguide from Cornell's Overdrive audio and e-book service (Italian, Chinese, Arabic, French, and more).

-- Try the free BBC Languages learning games and resources or one of the many free apps or web resources like Babbel or Duolingo.

Finding films in your language

One way to see a list of Italian-language films/videos is to:
  • Open a Guided Search session in the Classic Catalog.
  • Click on the Set Search Limits button.
  • Choose Italian from the Language menu.
  • Choose Visual Material from the Format menu.
  • Click on the Set Limits button.
  • Enter videorecording as a search term in the first search box.
  • Click the Search button.

Film and video -- DVDs, streaming content, more

Cornell owns thousands of foreign language films: DVDs, VHS,  and streaming content.  All are tagged "video" in the Library Catalog.

If you want a particular film, try a simple search for the title (for example, Amelie).

For broader retrieval, In the Library Catalog, use the facets at the left side of the page to identify films by language, genre, and other parameters (for example: videos about Kenya, online only).

Kroch/Olin/Uris DVDs are shelved in the Dean Room in Uris Library.  Kroch/Olin/Uris VHS tapes may be requested from the Annex.

Look here for simple strategies for finding videorecordings (DVDs, VHS)  and spoken word recordings in the Cornell Library's Classic Catalog. 

Books in more than 400 languages

Did you know that the Cornell University Library collections include books (print books and ebooks) in more than 400 languages? Ask a librarian for help getting the best materials for your language learning and language maintenance needs.

Languages Taught at Cornell

More than 50 languages are taught at Cornell.  For more information, and for a handout describing language teaching and resources, contact the Language Resource Center (LRC).

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