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.