One of our newest online reference tools is a language-learning service from Recorded Books called Byki, short for “Before You Know It .” Free to library patrons, Byki gives you the tools to learn any of 70 languages, as well as English for native speakers of Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
Byki  uses a flashcard approach to teach foreign language vocabulary, with lists of words and phrases that you hear spoken aloud. There are several different modes to test yourself as you learn, and, using Internet Explorer, you can even practice pronunciation.
You can use Byki at the library or on your own computer. On your first use, you’ll set up an account so you can record and save your progress from session to session. To use Byki at the library, you’ll need to bring or buy a set of headphones to hear the pronunciations.
Our online reference section also has other tools to help you personally and professionally. Use LearningExpressLibrary  to study for the GED, GRE, citizenship test and more, or research your next car or appliance with Consumer Reports . Try these and many more resources on our reference databases page .