New learning English books!

It’s a new year, and there are lots of new books to help you with English!

There is something for everyone, from beginners to more advanced. Here are a few examples:

Syndetics book coverJourney through Arabia / Andy Hopkins.
More than two thousand years ago, traders brought spices and incense by camel caravan across deserts and mountains from the south of Arabia to the Mediterranean Sea. This is the story of that journey, and of the rich and beautiful cities on the way.

This is a Penguin Active Reading book, elementary level with 600 headwords and is supported by an interactive CD-ROM which contains additional activities and the complete audio recording. (from book cover)

Syndetics book coverSkills for effective writing. 1, [Student’s book].    
Students are better writers when they master discrete writing skills.
Features:
* Clear and easy-to-understand presentation of each writing skill.
* Extensive practice so that students can truly master each important aspect of writing.
* Skill quizzes to give teachers a snapshot of students’ understanding.
* Stimulating academic themes to keep students engaged.
(from book cover)

Syndetics book coverWork on your grammar. Elementary A1.
This is a new practice book that will help you to improve your spoken and written English. Work through the exercises and see the difference good grammar can make to your success in Englsih. This books is suitable for self-study and classroom use. It has an answer key so you can check your progress. (from book cover)

Are you new to Wellington? Have you heard of Newcomers Network? The Wellington Newcomers Network (WNN) was initiated at the end of 2013 at the request of Wellington City Council in conjunction with the Multi Cultural Services Centre. Its aim is to support relatively new arrivals in Wellington in building up contacts and friends and to provide them with an opportunity to savour some of the social activities that Wellington has to offer with others in order to enhance their lives and feel settled quickly in their new home town. For more information visit them on Facebook!
They have some great social events organised!

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.

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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!

New learning English books!

Our Learning English collection has something for everyone! Books to help you with grammar, reading comprehension, writing, speaking and listening, dictionaries, fiction and non-fiction. We also host a group of students every Wednesday morning at Newtown library. They choose their books carefully and then have the opportunity to read aloud with some of our librarians.

I have noticed that a lot of the students prefer reading stories about well known people such as Pele, Mother Theresa and Michael Jackson.

Syndetics book coverNelson Mandela / Rowena Akinyemi.
One of the most popular books is about a very special person who was born in 1918. This child was given the name Rolihlahla, which means ‘troublemaker’ in the Xhosa language. At the age of seven, Rolihlahla went to school, the only one of his brothers and sisters to do so. And it was on his first day at school that his teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave him the English name of Nelson, the name which later became world famous! If you want to know more about his life, his tireless struggle for human rights, the happiness and sadness of family life this is an excellent read. For advanced readers of English, this book comes with an audio CD. It also has a glossary and before and after reading activities to help you understand the story.

Students often use dictionaries to help them with their studies. Did you know we have dictionaries in many community languages? They can be issued for 3 weeks. Here are some examples from our extensive collection!

Syndetics book coverBurmese-English English-Burmese dictionary / by Nance Cunningham, Aung Soe Min.
A practical dictionary for English speakers, including pronunciation and writing guide, chart of Burmese letters, and sections in Burmese script and and Burmese sound.

Syndetics book coverEnglish-Somali, Somali-English dictionary = Ingirisi Soomaali, Soomaali Ingirisi qaamuus / Maxamud Jaamac Qoorsheel.

Syndetics book coverOxford essential Arabic dictionary : English-Arabic, Arabic-English.
“This essential resource offers up-to-date coverage of the day-to-day vocabulary of English and Arabic, with more than 16,000 words, phrases, and translations.” (Syndetics summary

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.