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Call Numbers for Browsing Foreign Language Books

Walker Library is moving from the Dewey Decimal System of classification to the Library of Congress (LC) system. During this transition, we are using both systems. You can find a specific book's location and call number in the Library Catalog

Books with Dewey call numbers are located on the 3rd and 4th floors.

  • 830 German literature
  • 840 French literature
  • 850 Italian literature
  • 860-868 Spanish literature
  • 869 Portuguese literature
  • 870 Latin literature
  • 880 Greek literature
  • 890 Literature of other languages
  • 891 Russian literature
  • 892 Hebrew literature
  • 892.7 Arabic literature
  • 895.1 Chinese literature
  • 895.6 Japanese literature
  • 430 German language
  • 440 French Language
  • 450 Italian language
  • 460 Spanish language
  • 469 Portuguese language
  • 470 Latin language
  • 480 Greek language
  • 490 Other languages
  • 491 Russian language
  • 492 Hebrew language
  • 492.7 Arabic language
  • 495.1 Chinese language
  • 495.6 Japanese language

Walker Library is moving from the Dewey Decimal System of classification to the Library of Congress (LC) system. During this transition, we are using both systems. You can find a specific book's location and call number in the Library Catalog

Books with LC call numbers are located on the 2nd floor.

P Language and Literature

P Linguistics
PA Greek & Latin
PB Modern European Languages, Celtic Languages & Literature
PC Romance languages
PD Old Germanic & Scandinavian languages
PE English language
PF Dutch, Flemish, German languages
PG Slavic languages & literature
PH Finnish
PJ Oriental, Semitic
PK Indo-Iranian
PL East Asian, African, & Oceanic languages & literatures
PM Indigenous American, Artificial Languages
PN Literature, literary history & collections
PQ Romance literatures
PR English literature
PS American literature
PT Germanic literatures

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Transparent Language Online lets users build all four core skills of a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. With content for over 100 languages, including English lessons for speakers of over 25 languages and a KidSpeak interface in 6 languages, this resource offers something for nearly every foreign language learner. Mobile apps are available for Android, iOS, and Kindle operating environments. Users must create an account in order to use this resource. Transparent Language Online is part of the TN Electronic Library (TEL). 

Transparent Languages Online provides the following:

  • Repetition through flashcards
  • Active practice (have to write out words yourself)
  • Pronunciation practice
  • Language and culture blog
  • Social Networking components
  • Grammar reference resource

The level of proficiency varies with the language; peaks at Intermediate low/mid with Russian, Mandarin, Farsi, Swahili, German

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