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Modern Languages for Continuing Education: Other Languages A - J

Guide to resources available for language students, from the Continuing Education Department or online.

Other languages

This page and the next list those languages which are taught at the Department for Continuing Education, but for which the Library does not yet hold many resources. If you are studying one of these languages, do check back as this page will be updated.

The Library has a collection of films which are available to borrow or to watch in the Library with headphones. Foreign language films are listed under the relevant languages below. See the Library website for details.

The Oxford University Language Centre provides links to useful online resources for studying various languages - see the Language Centre.

The Open Resources  site compiled by OUDCE tutors contains language materials. From the home page, select the Subjects tab and search for the language of your choice.



Books on the Arabic language are under the call number 492.7. Some examples are:

Arabic: a complete course for beginners by J.R. Smart

The Library also holds books on Islamic mysticism, some of which are in Arabic. These are at call number 297.4

Useful websites

Fun with Arabic free beginners course

Read Arabic!  - online reading lessons aimed at beginning and intermediate students of the language.

BBC Arabic - news in Arabic



Chinese language books are at the call number 495.1. Some examples:

Teach yourself Chinese by Elizabeth Scurfield

Chinese in steps = Bu bu gao zhongwen by George X. Zhang, Linda M. Li, Lik Suen


Chinese Language films include:

  • The Story of Qiu Ju (dir. Zhang Yimou)
  • Chungking express, (dir. Wong Kar Wai)
  • In the mood for love (dir. Wong Kar Wai)

Useful websites

BBC Chinese - various learning resources

Beginners Chinese - free online course by the Open University

Learning Chinese - a foundation course in Mandarin by MIT

Chinese Text Sampler - collection of digitized Chinese texts for students


Farsi is sometimes also known as Persian.

Books about the Persian language are at call number 491.5, including :

Learning Persian : the essential Persian language coursebook 

Colloquial Persian : the complete course for beginners

We also have some poetry in Persian at call number 891.551.

Useful websites

Linguanaut - free online lessons in Farsi. Includes Virtual Farsi Keyboard for typing in Farsi

BBC Persian - news website in Persian language

Easy Persian - free online lessons for beginners

Greek (modern)


Books about Modern Greek are at the call number 489, including:

Communicate in Greek / Epikoinōnēste Hellēnika (recommended text)

Greek : an essential grammar of the modern language

Useful websites

Modern Greek/English Dictionary

Digital Dialect Online games to help with vocabulary

Portal for the Greek language collection of useful online resources

Hebrew (Biblical)


The Library holds the following recommended textbook:

Learn to read biblical Hebrew : a guide to learning the Hebrew alphabet, vocabulary and sentence structure of the Hebrew Bible by Jeff A. Benner., call number 439.1 BEN

We also hold a copy of each of the Old and New Testaments with Hebrew and English translation side by side, at call numbers 221 BIB and 225 BIB.

Useful websites

Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon - list of Hebrew words used in the Old Testament, with details of passages where each word is used, Hebrew spelling, transliteration, pronunciation and English meaning.

Hebrew Audio Bible recordings of each chapter of the Old Testament read aloud in Hebrew.



Books about the Japanese language are at call number 495.6, including:

Japanese for busy people (recommended text)

Kenkyusha's new Japanese-English dictionary


Japanese Language films include:

  • The Bad sleep well (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • The Hidden fortress (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • High and low (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • Kagemusha (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • Tokyo Story (dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
  • Woman of the dunes (dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara)

Useful websites

Learn Japanese Free online course for beginners

Web Japan collection of websites about Japanese culture and society

Japan Foundation - the Japan foundation promotes cultural exchange between Japan and the rest of the world. Their website includes resources for language learners