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This section of the website is divided into 3 main parts:

1. advice on selecting materials and software for language learning,

2. products to buy, and

3. useful links.

The products to buy section also contains:

Translation software and dictionaries are found in other sections of the website. 

Advice on Selecting Materials

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of materials available for learning languages. Modern materials and software such as  CD ROMs, DVDs, cassettes, and videos, provide colour, variety and sources of authentic input (examples of real language used by native speakers).  Traditional materials are mainly text-based and tend to focus more on reading and writing skills e.g. course books, work books, text books, graded readers, and grammar exercises - these can also be very useful.  All these materials are designed for language learners, but we should not forget that there is a huge amount of authentic material designed for native speakers which can be used for advanced learners, and adapted for those who are less proficient: books, magazines, newspapers, games, music, films, radio, and tv.

When selecting materials for language learning you should try to find those that match your:

  • language level e.g. advanced level
  • age group e.g. adult 
  • reason for learning the language e.g. to improve your letter writing ability
  • preferred approach e.g. like to do repetitive exercises
  • mode of learning e.g. self-study
  • price range e.g. £15 to £25
  • equipment available e.g. using Windows 95+

Look for attractive materials, which you find interesting, colourful and useful.  They should be clearly laid out and well-structured.  Borrow materials from a friend or a library first, if you can, to make sure that you can get on with them.  You can also ask your teacher or fill in a short online form to use our advisory service.

You can also consult the CILT resources library . Another possibility is the Hull CALL software database.

Global Office - an enhancement to Microsoft Office for 100+ languages

Global Writer -  a word processor with a wide range of languages

Microsoft Office Proofing Tools - allows users to proof documents in 50+ languages (currently out of stock)

CD ROMs and DVDs from Eurotalk for learners of most languages and all levels

BBC DVDs, videos, books, audio books, software


Selected Products


Michel Thomas

Our Price: £14.99


Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Mandarin in the same way. There's no books and no writing, and you will achieve confidence - in hours. With the "Michel Thomas Method" you learn the language in small steps, building it up yourself to produce ever more complicated sentences.


Rapid Chinese


Our Price: £11.99

  • essential words and phrases
  • ideal for your iPod
  • Audio CD with Phrase book
  • lots of repetition by native speakers
  • enjoyable background music
  • click on the image to order online


Colloquial Chinese: A Complete Language Course

RRP: £25.91



  • interactive - lots of exercises for regular practice
  • clear - concise grammar notes
  • practical - useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide
  • complete - including answer key and special reference section
  • cassettes and CDs

Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours, but click on the image for our latest price and availability


allTalk Mandarin - Chinese

RRP: £34.95


Containing 4 CDs of useful material, this brand new course provides a solid introduction to the world's most spoken language.

This course is available shortly in a 4-CD format covering key phrases from this dynamic and historic language. It is produced with native speakers so you are able to acquire words, sounds and intonations needed to communicate effectively in Mandarin.


Rosetta Stone V2 Chinese

Rosetta Stone

RRP: £169.00


Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software CD ROM


  • Application CD ROM
  • User's Guide
  • Getting Started Card
  • Headset Setup Card
  • End User License Agreement

All levels

Chinese Mandarin Dialogue

Also available on CD

RRP: £249.90

  • Chinese Mandarin for all the family
  • Level : beginner to proficient
  • Format: high quality books and cassettes
  • ~4 books + 10 cassettes or 9 CDs + study guide

Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours, but click on the image for our latest price and availability


Vocabulary Builder Mandarin Chinese


RRP: £14.99



  • Interactive flash card system for parents and teachers
  • Children can play games and record their own words
  • Help is provided in over 40 languages by a talking tiger!
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