Quick language learning for travel – New Languages books

Are you travelling somewhere? Do you need to learn a few useful phrases in a short amount of time? Wellington City Libraries has a great selection of phrasebooks by the very popular travel publisher Lonely Planet. These short, accessible phrasebooks provide you with quick, useful phrases to use when travelling. Phrasebooks are available for countries where more than one language is spoken, such as China and India, and include many of the languages spoken in each. There are even phrasebooks for the same language, but which is used in different countries, such as Latin American Spanish, Mexican Spanish, and Spanish for Spain! Phrasebooks are free to borrow and can be issued for three weeks.

Syndetics book coverHindi, Urdu & Bengali phrasebook & dictionary / product editor, Jenna Myers.
Lonely Planet’s Hindi, Urdu & Bengali Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get more from your multi-country trip with easy-to-find phrases for Hindi, Urdu & Bengali. Ask for directions in dynamic Delhi, book a river trip through Bangladeshi countryside, or haggle like a local at street bazaars; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! Coverage Includes: Hindi, Urdu & Bengali.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKorean phrasebook & dictionary.
Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Korean phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Order kim chi like a local, get in-the-know recommendations of the best sights and things to do and buy souvenirs with ease; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary
Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Japanese phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get to know your sushi from your sake, enjoy an elaborate tea ceremony with its centuries’-old conventions, and find your way elaborate transit maps; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChina phrasebook & dictionary / editors, Francesca Coles [and three others].
Lonely Planet China Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get more from your multi-country trip with easy-to-find phrases for Mandarin, Cantonese, Chaozhou, Dongbei Hua, Hakka, Hunanese, Shanghainese, Sichuanese, Xi’an, Yunnan Hua, Zhuang, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! Coverage Includes: Mandarin, Cantonese, Chaozhou, Dongbei Hua, Hakka, Hunanese, Shanghainese, Sichuanese, Xi’an, Yunnan Hua, Zhuang, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEurope phrasebook & dictionary / editors, Branislava Vladisavljevic, Tracy Whitmey.
Lonely Planet Europe Phrasebook & Language guide is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with relevant travel phrases and vocabulary. Get more from your trip with easy-to-find phrases for Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. With language tools in hand, get to the heart of wherever you go! Coverage Includes: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpanish phrasebook & dictionary.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Spanish phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Enjoy the thrilling conversation with a local over sangria, ask about a tucked-away a tablao flamenco or eat your way through a tapas menu; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet Italian Phrasebook & Dictionary
Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Italian phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Order an espresso like a local, ask shop keepers about the latest fashions and bargain for fresh produce at the market; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

New community language books

Here are some new community language books that have been added in German, Spanish and French.

Ein ganzes Leben : Roman / Robert Seethaler.
“Als Andreas Egger in das Tal kommt, in dem er sein Leben verbringen wird, ist er etwa vier Jahre alt – niemand weiß genau, wie alt er ist. Er bedient seinen Onkel als Bauernhofhand, und schließt sich später Arbeiter an, die eine Eisenbahn bauen und Strom mit Licht und Lärm in das Tal bringen. Der Tag kommt, wenn Egger Marie trifft, die Liebe seines Lebens, die er schließlich verlieren wird. Nur viele Jahre später, am Ende von Eggers Reise, wird sie wieder an seiner Seite sein. Und er blickt überrascht zurück über die Jahre, die hinter ihm liegen.” (Übersetzt aus dem Deckel) (Adapted from Amazon)

“When Andreas Egger arrives in the valley in which he will spend his life, he is about four years old–no one knows exactly how old he is. He serves his uncle as a farm hand, and later joins workers building a railway and bringing electricity, along with light and noise, to the valley. The day comes when Egger meets Marie, the love of his life, whom he will eventually lose. Only many years later, at the end of Egger’s journey, will she be by his side again. And he looks back with surprise on the years that lie behind him.” (Translated from the cover) (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa espía / Paulo Coelho ; traducido del portugués por Pilar Obón
“En su nueva novela, Paulo Coelho da vida a una de las mujeres más enigmáticas de la historia: Mata Hari, acusada de espionaje durante la Primera Guerra Mundial. Aunque había pocas pruebas para incriminarla, no podía evitar la persecución y el enjuiciamiento por parte de la inteligencia militar francesa.”
(Abridged from Syndetics)

“In his new novel, Paulo Coelho gives life to one of the most enigmatic women in history: Mata Hari, who was accused of espionage during the First World War. Although there was little evidence to incriminate her, she could not escape persecution and prosecution by French military intelligence.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLos perros descalzos / Antonio Ruiz-Camacho ; traducción del autor.
“En una noche como cualquier otra, José Victoriano Arteaga, el patriarca de una próspera familia de la ciudad de México, desaparece sin dejar rastro mientras maneja a su casa luego de un día de trabajo. Los Arteaga encuentran pocas respuetes con pistas perturbadoras del paradero del abuelo, comienzan su éxodo a distintas ciudades del mundo para tratar de rehacer sus vidas.” –Page 4 of cover. (Syndetics summary)

“A debut collection of linked stories that follow the members of a wealthy Mexican family forced into exile–to Madrid, New York, Austin, Palo Alto–when the patriarch of their family is kidnapped.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverToda la vida / Héctor Aguilar Camín.
“Serrano, Felo, Pato y Liliana están envueltos en una enmarañada red de silencio, traiciones y obsesiones contradictorias que se desentrañan con la muerte de un conocido mutuo. Una vida sin sentido es un viaje nostálgico a través del terreno perdido de la vida bohemia en la Ciudad de México, una investigación literaria sobre cómo se escriben las novelas y un recordatorio de la Podrida relación entre la policía y la política en el México del antiguo régimen.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

“Serrano, Felo, Pato, and Liliana are involved in a tangled web of silence, betrayals, and conflicting obsessions that is unraveled by the death of a mutual acquaintance. A moral-less fable about the abysses of fatal love, ambition, and delusions, For a Lifetime is also a nostalgic tour through the lost terrain of bohemian life in Mexico City, a literary inquiry about how novels are written, and a reminder of the rotten relationship between the police and politics in the Mexico of the old regime.”(Abridged from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverParis-Austerlitz / Rafael Chirbes.
“El narrador de esta historia, un pintor madrileño, recuerda los pasos que han llevado al último viaje de su relación con Michel Michel, el hombre que llevó a este pintor a su casa, a su cama ya su vida cuando Este joven se quedó sin hogar en París, Michel ahora está muriendo.”(Resumen Syndetics).

The narrator of this story, a painter from Madrid, recalls the steps that have led to the last journey of his relationship with Michel. Michel, the man who took in this painter to his home, to his bed, and in his life when this youngster became homeless in Paris. Michel is now dying.” (Syndetics summary)

Trois jours et une vie : roman / Pierre Lemaitre.
“À la fin de décembre 1999, une surprenante série d’événements tragiques s’abattit sur Beauval, au premier rang desquels, bien sûr, la disparition du petit Rémi Desmedt. Dans cette région couverte de forêts, soumise à des rythmes lents, la disparition soudaine de cet enfant provoqua la stupeur et fut même considérée, par bien des habitants, comme le signe annonciateur des catastrophes à venir. Pour Antoine, qui fut au centre de ce drame, tout commença par la mort du chien …” (Syndetics summary)

“At the end of December 1999, a surprising series of tragic events broke out over Beauval, foremost among them, of course, the disappearance of little Rémi Desmedt. The sudden disappearance of this child provoked amazement and was even regarded by many as a sign of the catastrophe to come. And Antony, who was at the center of this drama, everything began with the death of the dog … ” -Page 4 of cover. (Syndetics summary)

Learn another language

Did you know that Wellington City Library has kits you can borrow to learn other languages? These kits contain CDs, and sometimes a book, to help you practise and learn languages. They can be borrowed for $3 for 4 weeks. One popular series of kits is the Michel Thomas Method, which begins with “Start”, moves to “Total”, then to “Perfect”, before finishing in some languages with “Masterclass”.

Which course level is right for you?
Start: One hour introduction to a language.
Total: Jump into a language as a beginner and build your understanding from the ground-up.
Perfect: Pave your way to fluency in a language after undertaking the Total course.
Masterclass: Round out your language ability in unique, one-on-one lectures.

Syndetics book coverStart French. Beginner [sound recording]
“Learn 50 essential words at the heart of French and how to put them together to make yourself understood. This 1-hour introduction to the Michel Thomas method will have you speaking real French straight away. There are no books, no pens, and no memorizing – just listen, connect and speak. Use the unique method perfected over fifty years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This method works with your brain, helping you to build up your French in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself. You will join Michel and two students in a live lesson and within the one hour you will be able to construct simple phrases. By the end, you will have the confidence to understand and speak many essentials of French.” (Adapted from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTotal German effortless learning.
“Learn German – Instantly. No books. No writing. No memorizing. Take your time going over each section, step by step, until you have understood and absorbed the material. As Michel Thomas said, “What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don’t forget. You will learn German in “real-time” conditions. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises, or vocabulary memorization. Learn German the way you learned your own language. You learned your own language naturally: now you can learn German in the same way. The course helps you to build up your German in manageable steps by enabling you to think the answers out yourself. You will learn through listening and speaking, without the pressure of writing or memorizing.” (Adapted from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPerfect Italian. Intermediate to advanced.
“Take your Italian to the next level with this great continuation to the Total course in the Michel Thomas series. No books. No writing. No memorizing. Join the millions of people worldwide who have learned a new language with the Michel Thomas method. Up to 9 hours of audio material on CD.” (Adapted from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMasterclass Spanish [sound recording].
“In Masterclass Spanish, Michel widens your vocabulary and teaches authentic phrases and expressions in a one-to-one seminar. The two-hour Masterclass enables you to express yourself more fully by teaching idiomatic phrases and language that will give you the edge when it comes to communicating. Masterclass Spanish consolidates everything you’ve learned in the Total and Perfect courses. Or if you’re new to Michel Thomas, this course is ideal for brushing up your language skills. The present, future, conditional and past tenses are covered, and you are taught to think about the ideas that you are trying to communicate, rather than to translate words slavishly. He points out the similarities of the vocabulary in English and Spanish and gives you the tools to guess the words you do not know, or think you do not know.” (Adapted from the Syndetics summary)

New French Books

Here is a selection of new novels in French that have been recently added to the Community Languages collection. Enjoy!

L’horizon à l’envers : roman / Marc Levy.
“Où se situe notre conscience? Est-ce qu’on peut la transférer et la sauvegarder? Hope, Josh et Luke, étudiants en neurosciences, forment un trio inséparable, lié par une amitié inconditionnelle et une idée de génie. Lorsque l’un des trois est confronté à une mort imminente, ils décident d’explorer l’impossible et de mettre en oeuvre leur incroyable projet. Émouvante, mystérieuse, pleine d’humour aussi… une histoire d’amour hors du temps, au dénouement inoubliable. Un roman sur la vie, l’amour et la mort… parce qu’après plus rien n’est pareil.”

“Where is our consciousness? Can we transfer it and save it? Hope, Josh and Luke, students in neuroscience, form an inseparable trio, bound by an unconditional friendship and an idea of ​​genius. When one of the three faces imminent death, they decide to explore the impossible and implement their incredible project. Moving, mysterious, full of humor too … a love story out of time, unforgettable denouement. A novel about life, love and death … because after nothing is the same.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

51tLMRdAcuL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_Trois jours et une vie : roman / Pierre Lemaitre.
“À la fin de décembre 1999, une surprenante série d’événements tragiques s’abattit sur Beauval, au premier rang desquels, bien sûr, la disparition du petit Rémi Desmedt. Dans cette région couverte de forêts, soumise à des rythmes lents, la disparition soudaine de cet enfant provoqua la stupeur et fut même considérée, par bien des habitants, comme le signe annonciateur des catastrophes à venir.”

“At the end of December 1999, a surprising series of tragic events broke out over Beauval, foremost among them, of course, the disappearance of little Rémi Desmedt. The sudden disappearance of this child in this forest-covered area, which was subject to slow rhythms, provoked amazement and was even regarded by many as a sign of future catastrophes.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

51hDseGj2FL._SX339_BO1,204,203,200_On regrettera plus tard : roman / Agnès Ledig.
“Valentine, une institutrice dans un village des Vosges, voit sa vie bouleversée par l’arrivée d’une fille fiévreuse, Anna, et de son père Eric, meurtri par la mort de sa femme. Au-delà de l’hébergement, elle leur ouvre son coeur.”
“Valentine, a teacher in a village in the Vosges, sees her life shattered by the arrival of a feverish girl, Anna, and her father Eric, bruised by the death of his wife. Beyond the accommodation, she opens her heart to them.” (Library catalogue)

51o6EyZIA3L._SX341_BO1,204,203,200_La fille de Brooklyn : roman / Guillaume Musso.
“Je me souviens très bien de cet instant. Nous étions face à la mer. L’horizon scintillait. C’est là qu’Anna m’a demandé : ” Si j’avais commis le pire, m’aimerais-tu malgré tout ? ” Vous auriez répondu quoi, vous ? Anna était la femme de ma vie. Nous devions nous marier dans trois semaines. Bien sûr que je l’aimerais quoi qu’elle ait pu faire. Intrigue diabolique, personnages uniques et attachants, suspense de tous les instants : avec La fille de Brooklyn, Guillaume Musso signe l’un de ses romans les plus ambitieux et les plus réussis.”

“I remember that moment very well. We were facing the sea. The horizon was sparkling. That’s where Anna asked me, “If I had done the worst, would you love me anyway?” “You would have answered what, you? Anna was the woman of my life. We had to get married in three weeks. Of course I would love her whatever she could have done. Devilish intrigue, unique and endearing characters, suspense at all times: with Brooklyn’s daughter, Guillaume Musso signs one of his most ambitious and successful novels.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

41zChUiCxnL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_Danser les ombres : roman / Laurent Gaude.
“En ce matin de janvier, la jeune Lucine arrive de Jacmel à Port-au-Prince pour y annoncer un décès. Très vite, dans cette ville où elle a connu les heures glorieuses et sombres des manifestations étudiantes quelques années plus tôt, elle sait qu’elle ne partira plus, qu’elle est revenue construire ici l’avenir qui l’attendait. Hébergée dans une ancienne maison close, elle fait la connaissance d’un groupe d’amis qui se réunit chaque semaine pour de longues parties de dominos. Dans la cour sous les arbres, dans la douceur du temps tranquille, quelque chose frémit qui pourrait être le bonheur, qui donne l’envie d’aimer et d’accomplir sa vie. Mais, le lendemain, la terre qui tremble redistribue les cartes de toute existence.”

“On this morning of January, the young Lucine comes from Jacmel to Port-au-Prince to announce a death. Very soon, in this city where she experienced the glorious and dark hours of student demonstrations a few years earlier, she knows that she will no longer leave, that she came back to build here the future that awaited her. Hosted in a former brothel, she meets a group of friends who meet weekly for long parts of dominoes. In the courtyard under the trees, in the sweetness of quiet time, something shuddered that could be happiness, which gives the desire to love and fulfill his life. But the next day, the earth that trembles redistributes the cards of all existence.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

Exotic journeys – Community Languages picks for October

Enjoy our latest additions to our Spanish collection featuring romance, suspense, family sagas and more.

Syndetics book coverCinco esquinas / Mario Vargas Llosa.
“«Él había pensado que, después de todo, un periodista puede ser a veces útil. “Y también peligroso”, concluyó. Tuvo el presentimiento de que nada bueno saldría de esta visita.»
La idea de esta novela comenzó con una imagen de dos señoras amigas que de pronto una noche, de una manera impensada para ambas, viven una situación erótica. Luego se fue convirtiendo en una historia policial, casi un thriller, y el thriller se fue transformando en una especie de mural de la sociedad peruana en los últimos meses o semanas de la dictadura de Fujimori y Montesinos. Me gustó la idea de que la historia se llamase Cinco esquinas como un barrio que, de alguna manera, es emblemático de Lima, de Perú y también de la época en la que está situada la historia.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCicatriz / Juan Gómez-Jurado.
“Simon Sax is a lucky guy. He’s young, smart and is about to become a billionaire by selling a great invention. And yet, he feels lonely. His success contrasts with his lack of social skills. He joins a dating site where he falls in love with Irina, with the inexperience and passion of a teenager. But she has an enigmatic scar on her cheek, and carries a dark secret…” (Syndetics summary)

The night / Rodrigo Blanco Calderón.
“Caracas 2010 . La crisis energética es aprovechada por el gobierno revolucionario para decretar cortes eléctricos que, durante horas, funden a negro todo el país. En esos lapsos de tiempo, Venezuela parece retroceder en la historia hacia una nueva Edad de Piedra que se filtra por todas las rendijas. En medio de esta atmósfera, dos amigos, un escritor frustrado y un psiquiatra acostumbrado a involucrarse en la vida de sus pacientes, conversan sobre una serie de crímenes ocurridos en el último año.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDivorcio en el aire / Gonzalo Torné.
“La tercera novela de Gonzalo Torné.
Divorcio en el aire empieza cuando Joan-Marc y Helen se marchan a un balneario para tratar de salvar su matrimonio. Ese espacio se convierte en el eje de una historia que relata el origen de su relación con Helen, primero en Madrid y luego en Barcelona, así como la biografía del propio Joan-Marc: su educación, su iniciación al sexo, las desastrosas relaciones con su familia, sus problemas financieros y el reencuentro, ya a las puertas de la madurez, con antiguos compañeros de clase, a los que la vida ha situado en posiciones insospechadas.
En este sentido , Divorcio en el aire habla de una cuestión fundamental: la dificultad de asumir el paso del tiempo y su irreversibilidad.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTres novelas exóticas / Rodrigo Rey Rosa.
“Un viaje al corazón de la naturaleza humana a través de tres pequeñas obras maestras. Rodrigo Rey Rosa es un maestro a la hora de retratar las geografías que ha conocido y a los seres humanos que las pueblan. Marruecos, la India y las antiguas tierras mayas en la selva de Centroamérica acogen las novelas aquí recogidas. Lo que soñó Sebastián, La orilla africana y El tren a Travancore (Cartas indias): tres historias para viajar y atesorar.” (Syndetics summary)

Tres días de agosto / Jordi Sierra i Fabra.
“Agosto de 1950 . Miquel y Patro se disponen a pasar un día de playa. Sin embargo, todo se torcerá cuando ella desaparezca y él reciba una nota muy explícita: si no resuelve en tres días un caso que dejó inconcluso en 1938, Patro morirá. Desde este instante, a contrarreloj, en una Barcelona batida por la canícula estival, Miquel deberá enfrentarse a los fantasmas del pasado una vez más. El caso que no concluyó, debido a una intempestiva enfermedad, y que resolvió otro inspector demasiado rápidamente causando la muerte de un inocente, se remonta a los crueles bombardeos de marzo de 1938 sobre la ciudad. Bombardeos que, después de Guernica, fueron los más sanguinarios y salvajes de la guerra. La bomba que hizo saltar por los aires la esquina de la Gran Vía con la calle de Balmes es el detonante para la novela. Allí apareció el cadáver de un soldado que no murió por la explosión, sino asesinado. ¿Por quién? ¿Por qué?” (Syndetics summary)