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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


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Spanish materials to buy

for beginners, beginners - intermediate, intermediate-advanced, advanced, children & all levels

Selected Products


Michel Thomas Foundation Course: Spanish (Michel Thomas) [Audiobook] (Audio CD)

Michel Thomas

Our Price: £69.99


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

Michel Thomas's approach to language learning aims to provide in a few hours a functional working knowledge of a language without books, note-taking or conscious memorizing. This course provides an eight-hour course.


For more details on "All Talk"  - the new audio course on CD click here




Talk Now! Spanish


RRP: £24.99


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



  • It's addictive, fun and makes learning easy
  • Topics: first words, phrases, shopping, numbers and time
  • Ideal for beginners


Get Into Spanish Course Pack: CD-ROM, Audio CD and Book


RRP: £34.99


  • new interactive course for beginners from BBC Languages and Cambridge University Language Centre
  • two PC CD-ROMs, book, audio CD and a dedicated website
  • the CD-ROM will take you into a virtual Spanish town where you can take part in role-plays, conversations and activities
  • in the bar, hotel or department store
  • you can record your voice and compare yourself to native speakers
  • built-in phrase book
  • pop-up grammar notes
  • the language that you really need for travel and holidays

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


Rapid Spanish


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


Beginner - Intermediate level

Talk to me - Spanish

Our Price: £17.99


A host of games

Platform: Windows 95, Windows 98
Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours, but click on the image for our latest price and availability

  • Interactive dialogue
  • Pronunciation of the sentence
  • Error detection
  • 3D Phonetics animations
  • Exercises and internet

Intermediate - advanced level


Authentik- resources in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and English for intermediate and advanced level language learners



Advanced level

Michel Thomas Advanced

Recommended Retail Price: £50



Without books, note-taking and conscious memorizing, this course provides an astonishingly rapid and easy route to confidence in Spanish.

Just relax, listen and repeat to these 4 audio CDs. We recommend that you listen to this 5-hour course several times to take full advantage of the clear instructions and advice.

For children

Vocabulary Builder Spanish


Our Price: £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!

All levels

Spanish Video Course on cassette

Also available on CD

RRP: £265.86



  • Spanish for all the family
  • Level : beginner to proficient
  • Format: high quality books, cassettes and videos

Beginners, intermediate & advanced

Tell Me More Premium 8 Level 1 + 2


RRP: £228.99


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


  • Over 500 hours of learning English and 40 types of activities.
  • Varied exercises focusing on comprehension, writing and speaking, grammar, vocabulary, and culture.
  • Cutting-edge technology: Evaluation of your pronunciation and interactive dialogues with speech recognition
  • 3 hours' worth of video activities
  • 3D Phonetic animations and much more

Beginners, intermediate & advanced

Rosetta Stone V3 Spanish (Spain) Level 1-2-3 Personal Edition (Mac/PC)

Rosetta Stone

RRP £339.00



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


  • Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software CD ROM
  • Application CD ROM
  • Activation ID Card
  • User's Guide
  • Quickstart Card
  • Headset Setup Card
  • End User License Agreement
  • Keyboard Labels
  • Rosetta Stone icon decal. Headset.
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