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The Humanities Resource Center (HRC) supports independent language study with a large selection of instructional materials and the appropriate viewing technology. The HRC provides students and faculty with access to programs as well as instructional videos and textbooks for language study. Along with these materials, the HRC provides audio materials that can circulate and be checked out by the Princeton University Community.

Materials available for circulation

The HRC provides  some language-learning materials for circulation, including the popular Michel Thomas Method, Pimsleur, Berlitz, and Assimil language programs. These materials can also be found in the Princeton University Library Catalog.


Books and CDs that focus on learning whole sentences or an organic acquisition of grammar and features side-by-side language and translation.

Chinese With Ease (CD 14)
French With Ease (CD 21)
German With Ease (CD 40)

Italian With Ease (CD 13)
Japanese With Ease (CD 41)

Michel Thomas

Audio materials that feature a teacher, usually Michel Thomas, teaching sentence structures to two students, leveraging mnemonics and cognates .

Speak Arabic for Beginners (CD 26)
Speak Dutch Getting started kit (CD 25)
Michel Thomas Method Total French (CD 39)
Speak German for beginners (CD 3)
Speak Italian for beginners (CD 15)
Speak Japanese for Beginners (CD 6)
Speak Mandarin Chinese for beginners (CD 16)
Speak Portuguese for beginners (CD 4)
Speak Russian for beginners (CD 5)
Speak Spanish for beginners (CD 22)
Speak Spanish Language Booster (CD 2)


All-audio materials containing lessons in which the listener is asked to recall previously learned material at increasingly longer intervals. These materials are good for giving you a quick introduction to the sound of a language and to the very basic sentences.

Conversational Czech (CD 31)
Conversational Danish (CD 29)
Conversational French (CD 30)
Conversational Hebrew (CD 24)
Conversational Hindi (CD 17)
Conversational Hungarian (CD 32)
Conversational Irish (CD 18)
Conversational Italian (CD 8)
Conversational Japanese (CD 7)
Conversational Korean (CD 9)
Conversational Modern Greek (CD 11)
Conversational Polish (CD 28)
Conversational Brazilian Portuguese (CD 12)
Conversational Spanish (CD 27)
Conversational Swedish (CD 19)
Conversational Thai (CD 10)
Conversational Turkish (CD 23)
Conversational Urdu (CD 38)
Conversational Vietnamese (CD 20)
Mandarin Chinese I (CD 48)
Swedish I (CD 49)

Berlitz phase books

Cover basic phrases and sentence structures related to common travel situations. Audio CDs are also included

German phrase book & CD (CD 35)
Italian phrase book & CD (CD 37)
Japanese phrase book & CD (CD 36)
Spanish phrase book & CD (CD 33)
Russian phrase book & CD (CD 34)

Oxford's Take Off in... Series

Cover basic phrases and sentence structures related to common travel and everyday situations. Audio CDs, a dictionary and phrasebook, and activity book are included

Take Off In French (CD 43)
Take Off in German (CD 46)
Take Off In Russian (CD 45)
Take Off In Spanish (CD 44)

Mastering Chinese by Catherine Hua Xiang

Cover basic phrases and sentence structures related to common travel and everyday situations in Chinese. Also covers writing in Chinese script. Audio CDs and activity book are included

Mastering Chinese (CD 47)

Savoir dire : cours de phonétique et de prononciation by Diane M. Dansereau

Cover basic phrases and sentence structures related to common travel and everyday situations in French. Audio CDs and book are included

Savoir dire : cours de phonétique et de prononciation (CD 42)

Additional Textbooks and Video/Audio Materials

The HRC also has a collection of textbooks, audio, and video materials for use within the lab. In addition, some audio materials for coursework are available online. Please select a language to the left to view the resources currently available.

Rosetta Stone is available for purchase through the Princeton University OIT Software Store here.