Since its conception in 1938, Teach Yourself has become the trusted brand for over 60 million learners, offering over 65 languages across its series, ranging from beginner to upper intermediate level (A1-C1 of the CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference), including modern and ancient languages. Our courses are written by language experts, constantly updated and revised, and include a modern, inductive approach to learning. They are ideal for people learning on their own, with a tutor, or in the classroom.
The free audio that accompanies our courses is now available to stream from library.teachyourself.com or to download to the Teach Yourself Library app.
Get Talking/ Keep Talking
A beginner, online audio course that will give you the confidence to get by in a new language in just ten days.
Get Talking is a three-hour, ten-day audio course – supported by a supplementary phrasebook and coursebook – for the time-pressed learner. Get to grips with your new language quickly and start to speak immediately.
You can progress with the Keep Talking course which follows on directly from Get Talking.
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If you are an absolute beginner or simply looking for a solid foundation to your language studies for school, work or travel, these engaging courses will help get you on your way to speaking, writing, reading and understanding in no time
and take you to A2 level of the CEFR.
These courses move at a slower pace than our Complete language courses, ensuring that you understand the basics before moving on.
Beginner to Intermediate courses for the serious language learner (A1-B1/B2 of the CEFR).
With these in-depth language courses you’ll be able to read, write, speak, and understand a new language with confidence. Combining book with audio, these courses teach the most frequent and useful language around the most common scenarios and lively conversations, making learning engaging and useful.
Our fully revised and updated courses include learning features to give you the language, practice and skills to communicate with confidence.
– Discovery Method – figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick
– Culture notes – learn about the people and places where the language is spoken
– Outcomes-based learning – focus your studies with clear aims
– Ample listening activities – everyday conversations give you a taste of real spoken language
– Test Yourself – see and track your own progress
Intermediate-advanced improver courses (B2/C1 of the CEFR).
These book and audio courses will help you to improve and build upon the language you already have so that you develop your skills to a level where you can truly enjoy communicating in your new language. You will be introduced to the more advanced points of grammar, as well as more colloquial language, and develop your vocabulary so you can express your opinion on a number of topics, as well as react to other people’s opinions.
Grammar and Vocabulary Workbooks (A2-B2 of the CEFR)
The Tutor can be used as a grammar and vocabulary course or as a dip-in-dip-out resource alongside another language course to give you extra explanations and practice of common problem areas.
This bestselling series incorporates these key features:
– Over 200 exercises across a comprehensive grammar and vocabulary syllabus
– A personal tutor element to point out pitfalls, exceptions, tips and things to watch out for and notice
– Vocabulary building activities
– Timelines and other visuals to help make sense of the grammar
Graded Foreign Language Reader Series
Read for pleasure – at your level – and learn a new language the fun way!
Available in several languages at Beginner (A2-B1 CEFR) and Intermediate levels (B1-B2 CEFR), the Short Stories series is ideal for adult and young adult learners looking to expand their vocabulary and improve their comprehension in a natural way. Each book includes an unmissable collection of eight entertaining short stories that are carefully written to provide a sense of achievement and progress when reading. From science fiction and fantasy to crime and thrillers, Short Stories makes learning a new language easy and enjoyable.
Each story contains…
– controlled language, including the 1000 most frequent words, to help you progress confidently from beginner to intermediate.
– accessible grammar so you learn new structures naturally, without feeling overwhelmed or frustrated
– chapter summaries, comprehension questions and vocabulary lists.
A free bonus story, audiobooks and ebooks are available from https://readers.teachyourself.com/
Teach Yourself publishes a wide range of reference material to support your language learning at every level. Our list includes: Essential Vocabulary guides, Grammar You Really Need to Know, Essential Verbs, 50 Ways to Improve, Essential Dictionaries, Read and Write Script and Script Hacking courses.
Learn to read a script in a matter of hours!
Using a unique, tried and tested algorithm, this series teaches you how to quickly and efficiently recognise letters and common words in non-roman scripts. Whether you’re travelling and want to understand the words around you, or preparing to learn the language and want to master the basics, this is the series for you.
Each course includes plenty of practice activities to help you recognise each letter of the alphabet, helpful mnemonics to make you remember the shape of each letter, and handy tips to help you decipher common familiar words.
Crack the code and get fluent faster!
#LanguageHacking is an unconventional conversation course for beginners that teaches you everything you need to start speaking a new language right away – not after years of study.
Unlike most traditional language courses that try to teach you the rules of a language, Language Hacking shows you how to learn and speak a new language immediately through proven memory techniques, unconventional shortcuts and conversation strategies perfect by one of the world’s greatest language learners, Benny Lewis, aka the Irish Polyglot.
With its bespoke online language hacking community, you really can start speaking from day one!
Elisabeth Smith has sold over 1 million language courses worldwide.
In a Day
Heading off on holiday or a business trip? Looking for a language safety net to get yourself out of sticky situations? Fed up not knowing how to order a drink or a meal?
Join Elisabeth Smith and her student Andy for an in-flight language lesson as they head off abroad. Learn the 50 most essential words and phrases, and get the language you need for ordering food, asking for directions and more.
Learn all the language you need for travelling, shopping, ordering food, staying in a hotel and more. This is your essential guide to getting out and really speaking. In just 35 minutes a day for six weeks, you’ll be ready to make the most of your holiday.
Comprehensive guides to reading and understanding ancient languages through original texts.
Designed for complete beginners, and tested for years with real learners, these courses offer a bridge from the textbook to the ancient world, enabling students to learn the grammar, understand the vocabulary and even translate the writings of these ancient languages.
Available in Ancient Greek, Babylonian, Biblical Hebrew, Latin, Old English, Middle Egyptian, New Testament Greek and Sanskrit.
Coming soon in Aramaic, Classical Arabic, Gothic, Old Norse and Sumerian.
Chinese with Mike
Chinese with Mike is 100% new and breaks with traditional Chinese curricula. Mike’s humour, mixed with his logical, step-by-step approach, shields learners from the unnecessary complexities of Mandarin Chinese.
Why will learning Chinese be a breeze?
- Mike builds confidence through his logical step-by-step design of the course
- Mike explains pronunciation with clear, familiar examples
- Mike adds interesting facts about the intricacies of language
- Mike includes lots of cultural tidbits
- Mike recognizes and explains thoroughly troublesome areas
- Mike uses native speakers to help you with listening and speaking
Visit www.chinesewithmike.com to get 5 free videos to trial the method, and see how Mike makes learning Chinese ridiculously easy – and fun!