Speak English clearly and confidently with Clear Pronunciation

Our newest online learning resource, Clear Pronunciation, helps you learn all the 43 sounds of English. Take a look at the sounds by themselves, in words, and in sentences – listen, practise, compare, and improve. Through audio and video clips, activities and assessments, you will listen to English speakers with a variety of accents in everyday situations and conversations.

There are two programmes to choose from, Clear Pronunciation 1, which introduces the 43 sounds, and Clear Pronunciation 2, which teaches you to put these sounds together.

Access Clear Pronunciation wherever and whenever you need it on your desktop or your mobile. To get started, find Clear Pronunciation 1 and 2 on our Languages page. Log in with your library card number and PIN and either create your own Clear Pronunciation account in order to track your progress or simply continue as a guest.

Take a look at the introductory video below. A preview of what is to come! Start learning with Clear Pronunciation to speak clearly with confidence.

Learning English collection comes to Arapaki Manners Library

Two sets of whaite shelves facing each other, displaying books about learning English.

Books for learning English are now available to borrow from our CBD branch, Arapaki on Manners Street. The collection supports the learning needs of people of all ages who are learning to read and write, and people who are learning English as a secondary language. The collection provides materials which can be used in addition to English courses and as an aid to self-study.

The types of books available include: graded readers, dictionaries, grammar and vocabulary courses, business English material, academic English material and books on the New Zealand lifestyle for new immigrants. We also have supplementary material for English Language courses, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and OET (Occupational English Test).

Our collection is divided into three levels, indicated by a coloured dot on the book’s cover or spine. Level One books are for beginners and they have a yellow dot. Level Two books are for intermediate learners and they have a blue dot. Level Three books are for advanced learners who are at the exam level, and they have a purple dot.

As well as Arapaki, many of our other branches also hold Learning English collections. You can find the collections at: Johnsonville, Karori, Kilbirnie, Miramar, Newtown, and Tawa branches. We also have a free online database for library members called Road to IELTS. It is is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, with general and academic modules.

New items in our Learning English collection

Our amazing Learning English collection have new titles that focus on the English language skills necessary for the real world with Outcomes, a six-level integrated-skills series with grammar and vocabulary for young adult and adult in Life and engaging stories for all reader levels. Enjoy!

TEXTBOOKS

Outcomes Pre-intermediate student’s book / Dellar, Hugh
“The second edition of Outcomes is the only course that is consistently focused on helping students achieve the real world communicative outcomes they want and need.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Outcomes. Intermediate student’s book / Dellar, Hugh
“This lexically rich course emphasises students’ need to have the conversations in English that they would in their own language. This new edition contains more contemporary and global content, reflecting English as it is used in the world and is visible via rewritten texts and new National Geographic photos and videos. There is a strong emphasis on real and natural English usage so students can develop the English language skills necessary for the real world.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Life. Beginner student’s book / Stephenson, Helen
“Now in a new edition, National Geographic Learning brings the world to your classroom with Life, a six-level integrated-skills series with grammar and vocabulary for young adult and adult English language learners.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Life. Intermediate student’s book / Stephenson, Helen
“Through stunning National Geographic content, video, and engaging topics, Life inspires a generation of informed decision-makers. With Life, learners develop their ability to think critically and communicate effectively in the global community.” (Catalogue)

Common English mistakes explained with examples : over 300 mistakes almost students make and how to avoid them in less than 5 minutes a day / Mitchell, Rachel
“Do you usually make mistakes in English? – Do you feel tired of making the same mistakes in English again and again? – Would you like to learn how to avoid and correct those typical mistakes so you are error-free? – Do you expect to get the score you wished in academic exams like FCE, CAE, CPE, and IELTS?” (adapted from Catalogue)

Idioms for IELTS speaking / Mitchell, Rachel
“Master 500+ idioms in use, explained in 10 minutes a day.” (Summary from Catalogue)

Shortcut to English collocations. master 400+ English collocations in use, explained under 20 minutes a day / Book 3 : / Mitchell, Rachel
“As the author of this book, I believe that this book will be an indispensable reference and trusted guide for you who may want to use English words in a correct but natural way. Once you read this book, I guarantee you that you will have learned an extraordinarily wide range of useful, and practical English Collocations that will help you become a successful English learner, particularly in examinations such as Cambridge FCE, CAE, CPE, and IELTS; as well as you will even become a successful English user in work and in life within a short period of time only.” (adapted from Catalogue)

READERS

Samurai : the story of a warrior / Phillips, Dee
“These graphic and colorful 48-page books meet Common Core genre requirements and feature a fictional story, two pages of nonfiction, and two pages of activities, giving students some background knowledge necessary to understanding historical events. Using fiction to amplify history also allows students to think critically about the past and piques curiosity, leading to further exploration and discovery.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Fault lines / Perritano, John
“Why does the earth move? What makes us feel the shake? Where is the largest fault line? How many faults are there? Why are faults helpful?”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

King Tut’s curse, amazing athletic feats, monster or myth?– and more! / Greene, Janice
“A collection of true stories about incredible and mysterious phenomena.” (Catalogue)

Cold cases / Thomas, T. R
“Bursting with facts, these books will truly enthrall struggling readers. Nonfiction titles cover high-interest topics both creepy and utterly terrifying. Each title is thoroughly researched and includes an introduction, five chapters, an epilogue, glossary, and index. On-the-scene photography captures students imagination and spurs further reading. These are books that struggling readers will not put down!” (Catalogue)

Prepare for IELTS and TOEFL at the Library

Are you taking the IELTS or TOEFL test soon?

Be as prepared as possible for your test by practicing at Wellington City Libraries. The best way to prepare is to practice, practice, practice! The Library has lots of books, CDs, and software to help you with your English study. The Library also has tests from previous years and useful vocabulary lists to boost your study.

You can find more information about studying English here, or check out our Languages page to find information about the Libraries in your native language.

Test yourself and create a study plan

The best way to begin your IELTS/TOEFL study is to complete a practice test and mark it. This will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and create a study plan. The Wellington City Libraries have many copies of official Cambridge IELTS tests from previous years, as well as the Official Guide to the TOEFL.

Syndetics book cover

The official guide to the new TOEFL IBT/ ETS

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Cambridge IELTS. 8 : examination papers from University of Cambridge ESOL examinations.

Work on your skills

Once you’ve identified your current level and a few things you need to work on, create a study plan. Write down which skills you are going to work on and how. Then look for study guides that will help you improve your skills. Here’s a few books that might help:

Syndetics book coverCollins COBUILD key words for IELTS. Book 1, Starter.

Improve your IELTS listening & speaking skills / Barry Cusack, Sam McCarter.

Syndetics book coverFocus on IELTS / Sue O’Connell.

Syndetics book coverImprove your IELTS reading skills / Sam McCarter, Norman Whitby.

Practice Online

IELTS study books are very popular, so the one you want might not always be available. Don’t worry, you can still study! If you are a Wellington Libraries member, you can access Road to IELTS software online. There are training modules for both the general and the academic test, and it’s all free for you to use.

If you need any help finding IELTS and TOEFL material at the Library, please ask the friendly staff for help.

Good Luck!

Imparare l’inglese sarà facilissimo con Mango Languages

Parli italiano? Sei appena arrivato a Wellington e vuoi imparare l’inglese senza spendere troppo? Puoi farlo gratis con la tessera delle biblioteche pubbliche di Wellington e il nostro nuovo programma Mango Languages. Imparare l’inglese sarà facilissimo grazie al nostro metodo intuitivo con spiegazioni in italiano. Guarda il video qui sotto per saperne di più.

Do you know an Italian speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Italian and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

惠灵顿市立图书馆 学英语用嘅 芒果语言 (汉语普通话)

Do you know a Chinese Mandarin speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Mandarin and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

您是讲中文的吗? 您是刚到惠灵顿,想要找学习英文又不用花很多钱的地方吗?您可以通过惠灵顿图书馆网站提供的Mango Languages数据库免费学英文。
在有中文解释和指导下的直观学习方法使学英文就像孩子玩游戏一样简单。
想要了解更多信息,请看下面的录像。

Bibliotecas de la Ciudad de Wellington – Lenguajes Mango para aprender inglés

¿Eres hispanohablante? ¿Eres nuevo en Wellington y te gustaría aprender inglés sin gastar mucho dinero? Puedes hacerlo de forma gratuita con una tarjeta de las Bibliotecas de la Ciudad de Wellington y nuestra nueva base de datos Mango Languages. Aprender inglés se ha convertido en un jugo de niños con este intuitivo método donde las explicaciones e instrucciones están en español. Mira el siguiente video para aprender más.

Do you know a Spanish speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Spanish and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

マンゴランゲージで楽々英語学習

ウェリントンに来られたばかりでしょうか。あまりお金を使わず英語を学びたいと思っていませんか。ウェリントン市立図書館のカードをお持ちなら、「マンゴランゲージ」という英語学習のデータベースを無料で使うことができます。説明が日本語なのでわかりわすく、子供がゲームを楽しむような自然なかたちで学べるものです。詳しくは下のビデオをご覧ください。

Do you know a Japanese speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Japanese and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

Οι βιβλιοθήκες της πόλης του Ουέλλιγκτον – Γλώσσες Mάνγκο για να μάθετε Αγγλικά

Μιλάτε Ελληνικά;
Φθάσατε πρόσφατα στή πόλη του Ουέλλιγκτον και θέλετε να μάθετε Αγγλικά;
Άν γίνετε μέλος της Βιβλιοθήκης τής πόλης του Ουέλλιγκτον, με τη κάρτα σας, μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε τη νέα Βάση Δεδομένων των Γλωσών Μάνγκο και να μάθετε Αγγλικά χωρίς κανένα κόστος!
Η μάθηση Αγγλικών είναι σαν παιχνίδι, που προσφέρετε με μία διαισθητική μέθοδο, όπου επεξηγήσεις και οδηγίες είναι στήν Ελληνική γλώσσα.
Γιά περισσότερες πληροφορίες, παρακολουθήστε το παρακάτω βίντεο.

Do you know a Greek-speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Greek and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

Bibliotecas Públicas da Cidade de Wellington – Mango Languages para aprender Inglês

Você fala Português? Você é novo em Wellington e gostaria de aprender Inglês sem gastar muito dinheiro? Você pode fazê-lo gratuitamente com o seu cartão de membro das Bibliotecas Públicas de Wellington e nossa nova base de dados, o Mango Languages. Aprender Inglês tornou-se brincadeira de criança com este método intuitivo onde explicações e instruções estão em Português. Assista ao vídeo abaixo para saber mais.

Do you know a Portuguese-speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Portuguese and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

Английский будут легче выучить пользуясь Манго

Вы говорите по-русски? Вы только что приехали в Веллингтон и хотите улучшить знания английского языка бесплатно? Вы можете это сделать,если у Вас есть библиотечная карточка Городской Библиотеки города Веллингтона.Наша библиотека предлагает новый веб сайт “Манго” . Пользоваться этим веб сайтом очень просто, потому что все инструкции Вы найдете на русском языке. Смотрите видео внизу , чтобы получить больше информации.

Do you know a Russian-speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Russian and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

学英语用嘅 芒果语言 惠灵顿市立图书馆 (在粤语)

您是讲中文的吗? 您是刚到惠灵顿,想要找学习英文又不用花很多钱的地方吗?您可以通过惠灵顿图书馆网站提供的Mango Languages数据库免费学英文。
在有中文解释和指导下的直观学习方法使学英文就像孩子玩游戏一样简单。
想要了解更多信息,请看下面的录像。

Do you know a Cantonese-speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Cantonese and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

Apprendre l’Anglais, c’est facile avec Mango Languages!

Vous êtes francophone? Vous êtes nouveau venu à Wellington et vous souhaitez apprendre l’Anglais sans trop dépenser d’argent? Vous pouvez le faire gratuitement avec une carte des Bibliothèques Publiques de Wellington et notre nouvelle base de données Mango Languages. Apprendre l’Anglais est devenu un jeu d’enfants avec cette méthode intuitive où les instructions et explications sont en Français. Regardez la vidéo ci-dessous pour plus d’explications.

Do you know a French-speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in French and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

New Adult Learning Books!

New books in our Adult Learning collection, something for everyone!

Syndetics book coverThe beautiful game / Steve Flinders.
There are many football lovers amongst our migrant communities! The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012, is the 14th European Championship for national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament is being hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012. It is the first time that either nation has hosted the tournament.

If you are a football fan you will enjoy reading about the history, the cups, the finals, the stars, the rules of football! It has activities before, after and while reading and comes with a disc. reserve your copy now!

The story of the Olympics : an unofficial history / Rachel Bladon.
London 2012: The Olympics are almost here! The games are the most famous sporting event in the world, but how much do you know about their history? Find out! This book comes with extra grammar and vocabulary excerises and 2 audio CDs.

Syndetics book coverDriving in the city / Donna Montgomery ; illustrated by Klebs Junior.
“Miguel moves to Los Angeles and he needs a car. He takes classes. His friend William is a big help. Finally, Miguel goes to the DMV. He gets his permits and practices driving. Then Miguel gets his license and buys a car. (Syndetics summary)

Learning to drive? Although this story is set in Los Angeles it has lots of useful vocabulary and topics for discussion!

Continue reading “New Adult Learning Books!”

We are the champions!

“We are the champions!” That’s how I was greeted this morning by several ESOL students who are regular visitors to Newtown library. This group of students from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Myanmar and China  are helped by librarians with reading every Wednesday morning. They have enjoyed our Rugby World Cup display and learned about the game and the countries participating. Several students texted their teacher Kim when the All Blacks won the final! Being involved in New Zealand culture has given them a sense of belonging and it is wonderful to see them bringing their families to the library. Over the years, many students have helped with cultural celebrations and displays and are avid users of our Learning English and Foreign Language collections.

Another way of being involved in the library is to pass your feedback on to us. You can also fill in a yellow card at the library (ask a librarian for one if you do not see one) and suggest a book, CD or DVD that you think would be good to have in our collection. (Or, if you prefer, you can also suggest a book online.)

Some ESOL students have indicated they would like to learn more about New Zealand culture and history. Here are a few items that may be of interest on this topic. Most readers come with a CD so you can read and listen to the story at the same time!

Continue reading “We are the champions!”