Here are the best books on learning languages. Classicist Paul McMullen explains why you should learn ancient Greek and why you shouldn’t be intimidated by the prospect. Given the range of literature that knowing the language opens up to the reader, he argues that the pertinent question is not “why would you learn Greek?” but “why wouldn’t you learn Greek?” He chooses Reading Greek by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers as the best textbook to guide you to a reading capability. He also chooses An Introduction to Attic Greek by Donald Mastronarde and three original texts, Plato’s Apology of Socrates, Clouds by Aristophanes and Herodotus’ Histories.
Harry Mount, journalist and author of Amo Amas Amat… and All That: How to be a Latin Lover chooses his best books on learning Latin, including Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer by Benjamin Kennedy, Asterix Gallus by Goscinny and Uderzo, and Ad Inifinitum: A Biography of Latin and the World it Created by Nicholas Ostler, which tells the story of why Latin became so widespread and how it mutated into the Romance languages. He also recommends the Loeb Classical Library, which provides an English translation alongside the Latin, as a way to improve your reading skills.
China covers a vast territory, and is far more ethnically and culturally diverse than many outsiders assume. Chris Livaccari, a veteran Chinese language teacher, recommends books he believes every Chinese language learner should read.