The Best Language Books by Language

Whether you're looking to learn basic phrases for a trip away or you want to master a new language for a big move, we have loads of books to help you out. We've listed our best language books to help you on your journey to becoming multi-lingual by the best books for kids and the best books for adults for each language. So, if you're booking a holiday away then take a look at what languages you can learn with our best language books...

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French Language Books

1. First Words: French

Sam Hutchinson

Toddlers

Sam Hutchinson's excellent learn French book for toddlers has fun pictures of teddy bears and clear text so that your young child can easily follow the English translations of the French words. And, with 100 words to learn, this book really is a great starting place for your young dual language speakers.

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2. Collins French School Dictionary

Collins Dictionaries

11 years +

This French dictionary is designed is designed to be used by secondary school students to help them know all the key words and phrases to be top of the class but as this book acts as a great reference book for anyone looking to learn French. With culture notes and examples on how and when these words and phrases would actually be used, this dictionary is great for learning French and is the perfect book to throw in your suitcase for a trip to Paris.

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Spanish Language Books

1. First Words: Spanish

Sam Hutchinson

Toddlers

With over 100 words to get them started, this book aims to help toddlers get their first taste of another language. This learn Spanish book features pictures of a group of teddy bears carrying out tasks with the Spanish words and English translations alongside one another in a clear, fun and easy-to-follow format.

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2. Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary

Collins Dictionaries

9 years +

This great Spanish dictionary is perfect for adults, teens and children aged 9 and up. Covering various themes and the kinds of topics used in school languages exams; this dictionary is the ideal tool for anyone trying to learn the basics of the Spanish language. Plus, the book identifies key cultural differences to help you while you're on your holidays to understand the language and culture of Spain.

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German Language Books

1. Oxford First German Words

Neil Morris

5 years +

This learn German book has an interesting approach to teaching your kids, it takes you through a day with fun pictures to follow and dinosaurs to spot along the way. As your little ones move through the day they will discover over 400 German words and a bunch of fun games to try to help them test their knowledge. This book is brilliantly engaging and is the perfect resource for teaching your kids German.

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2. Collins Easy Learning German Dictionary

Collins Dictionaries

9 years +

This Collins German dictionary is perfect for those studying the language at school or wishing to learn some phrases for a trip to Germany. Plus, the dictionary comes with language notes to help you avoid common grammatical errors and tips for understanding the cultural differences. This book is perfect for anyone with an interest in Germany and wanting to learn the language.

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Italian Language Books

1. First Italian Words

David Melling

5 years +

This picture-book takes your kids through a day with over 400 Italian words and their English translations included. Perfect as both as both a learn Italian and a learn English book, Children can easily develop their vocabulary of both languages with this brilliant book. As well as featuring loads of great pictures, there are also games to keep them entertained and help them learn faster.

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2. Oxford Essential Italian Dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries

14 years +

This comprehensive Italian dictionary brings together 40,000 words and phrases with 60,000 translations helping you to master the Italian language. The themes and topics in the dictionary are far-reaching, from conversational basics to computing and business terms. Plus, the book comes with 3 months access to Oxford's Italian/English online dictionary so you'll have plenty to learn with this brilliant dictionary.

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Chinese Language Books

1. First Hundred Words in Chinese

Heather Armery and Stephen Cartwright

5 years +

This dual language book is perfect for helping young children learn Chinese with 100 words illustrated and translated in an easy-to-follow format. To keep things simple for young language learners, the Chinese characters are simplified and the words are written phonetically. If you have a child and you want them to learn Chinese then this handy book is here to help.

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2. Collins Easy Learning Mandarin Chinese Characters

Collins Dictionaries

Learning to write Chinese is a big task but it is simplified in this great book by Collins Dictionaries. There is a belief that if you know of 100 Chinese characters then you can make yourself understood in China and this book teaches you 250 of the most common characters so you can start with the basics and become more advanced as you go along. With practice grids and historical information about the language, this book if great for anyone wanting to learn Chinese but not sure where to start.

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If you want to move beyond the basics or there's a language you want to learn we haven't mentioned, check out our full range of language books.

  • AHGSK 14 years +
    14 years +
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    The Oxford Essential Italian Dictionary is a new compact Italian-English and English-Italian dictionary that offers up-to-date coverage of all the essential day-to-day vocabulary with over 40,000 words and phrases and 60,000 translations. This dictionary is easy to use and ideal for travel, work, or study. The latest words in each language have been added, reflecting all aspects of life today, from computing and technology to lifestyle and business. Additional features include guides to Italian and English pronunciation, as well as help with both Italian and English verbs. The Oxford Essential Italian Dictionary is ideal for anyone in need of a handy quick reference. An essential book for the study of Italian. This dictionary includes 3 months' access* to Oxford's premium Italian / English online dictionary service, Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, so you can find accurate translations and extra resources wherever you are. The site is regularly updated with the latest new words and meanings from Oxford's modern languages research programme, the Oxford Languages Tracker. You can also hear audio pronunciations and improve your language skills with online cultural notes, guides to writing, and much more. *Available in selected markets (UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, and South Africa). Terms and conditions apply; please see www.oxforddictionaries.com/access for information.
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    5 years +
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    Oxford First German Words gives your child a head start in learning another language. It takes the reader on a picture-book journey through a day, cleverly interwoven are lots of familiar settings and cute little dinosaurs. There is a bird's eye view of first thing in the morning at home, the journey to school and inside the classroom, a birthday party and even a trip to the seaside. Over 400 German words and their English translations are given in illustrated colour bands on the side of each page. There is also expertly-levelled supplementary material at the back - a picture/word matching game, counting the ladybirds up to twenty, shapes both flat and three-dimensional, opposites, the weather, time, plus a comprehensive index. These David Melling (The Kiss that Missed, Fidget and Quilly) illustrations make this an adorable first bilingual word book.
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    5 years +
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    Whether your child is learning English or Italian, Oxford First Italian Words gives your child a head start in learning another language by taking a picture-book journey through a day, with familiar settings, everyday things, and cute little dinosaurs. There is a bird's eye view of getting ready for school in the morning, the journey to school, inside the classroom, a birthday party, and even a trip to the seaside. As a first picture word book, this is perfect for children and their language teacher, or native speaker, to share together picking out the familiar items, playing the matching game, recognizing numbers, shapes and time words. It is ideal for supporting the language skills children are learning in school, language clubs, and for those learning English as a 2nd language. Over 400 Italian words and their English translations are given next to their illustrations, on every page. There is also an expertly-levelled supplementary section at the back - a picture/word matching game, counting the ladybirds up to twenty, shapes, opposites, weather, time, and a comprehensive index. The David Melling (The Kiss that Missed, Fidget and Quilly) illustrations make this an adorable first bilingual word book.
  • CELG 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Whether you're learning German for a holiday, a business trip or for your GCSE exams, the Collins Easy Learning German Dictionary will help you master the basics of the language!

    Covering everyday German themes, the dictionary also highlights those key curriculum words that will help with exam preparation. There are clear and concise language notes that provide information on common grammatical errors and words some may find confusing, while the book also looks at key cultural differences.

    All presented in Collins' accessible style, the dictionary will help you have confidence when it comes to speaking German!
  • AMYWS 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £6.99
    This new, fully revised edition is ideal for secondary school students looking for a dictionary that is clear, easy to use and in a handy format. * Especially designed for school students, and is ideal in the classroom, at home and during exams. * It contains all the words and phrases students will need, with key curriculum words highlighted, all essential phrases covered, and thousands of examples to show how French is really used. * The clear colour layout and alphabet tabs down the side of each page lead the students to the information they need quickly and without fuss. All main translations are underlined to help users go straight to the answer they are looking for. * The dictionary includes language tips and culture notes throughout the text. * Je suis, tu es...French verbs made easy! Each verb on the French side of the dictionary is cross-referred to a comprehensive 94-page verb guide, with full conjugations and example phrases showing the verb used in context. Also available in Spanish and German. Other titles in the Collins French Dictionary range include Collins Gem French School Dictionary, Collins Easy Learning French Dictionary and Collins Pocket French Dictionary.
  • CELS 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Whether you're learning Spanish for a holiday, a business trip or for your GCSE exams, the Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary will help you master the basics of the language!

    Covering everyday Spanish themes, the dictionary also highlights those key curriculum words that will help with exam preparation. There are clear and concise language notes that provide information on common grammatical errors and words some may find confusing, while the book also looks at key cultural differences.

    All presented in Collins' accessible style, the dictionary will help you have confidence when it comes to speaking Spanish!
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    5 years +
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    A bilingual Mandarin Chinese/English edition of the classic Usborne word book, illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. One hundred everyday words are illustrated in busy scenes and with labelled pictures, to help readers learn key Chinese words. All words are written using simplified Chinese characters and phonetically using the English alphabet.
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    Learn how to write 250 of the commonest Chinese characters, with stroke by stroke guidance on every page. With thousands of characters to learn, beginning to read and write Chinese is a daunting task. Aimed at learners, this book takes you through 250 of the commonest characters in a clear and accessible way. The meaning of every character is explained along with information about its radical, the compound words it can form, its history, and more. There is a practice grid on every page, showing how the character is written, with space for you to practise writing the character for yourself. It is generally agreed that learners of Chinese need a working knowledge of about 100 characters in order to make themselves at all understood and to travel in China, so Easy Learning Chinese Characters is a great place to start.
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    3 years +
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    Very young children can learn their first words in French with this bright and beautiful book.

    Bursting with pictures of cuddly teddy bears, this book includes English translations and pronunciation guides for over 100 useful words for beginners.

    The hardback format and appealing artwork make this perfect for any child looking to take their first steps in French.
  • FSPW 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Very young children can learn their first words in Spanish with this bright and beautiful hardback book.

    Bursting with pictures of cuddly teddy bears doing all sorts of day-to-day things, this book includes English translations and pronunciation guides for over 100 useful words for beginners.

    It's presented in a very clean fashion and is perfect for any child taking their first steps in Spanish.