Planning to visit a foreign country? Like to make yourself more marketable to an employer by being bilingual? Want to have an advantage on an international business trip by speaking the language of the country?

Learning another language can have many benefits, and Fort Bend County Libraries’ “Transparent Language® Online” resource makes learning a new language easier than ever — and it’s free!

The Adult Services staff at the University Branch Library will demonstrate how to use the Transparent Language Online resource on Thursday, May 16, beginning at 2 p.m., in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

The Transparent Languages resource offers online courses for people who would like to learn a new language.

The database includes more than 80 languages — from Afrikaans to Zulu — as well as ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for non-English speaking people who would like to learn English.

The English-language-assistance courses are available for people who speak Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Farsi, Hindi, Czech, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Romanian, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Russian, German, French, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Arabic, or Italian.

By using the libraries’ subscription to the service, library patrons are able to have free access to a resource for which they would otherwise have to pay.

The demonstration is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required.

To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “University Branch Library,” and find the program.

Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5100, or by visiting the library.

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