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.
Complete Spanish: A Teach Yourself Program
by Juan Kattan-Ibarra
Short Stories in Spanish: New Penguin Parallel Text
ed. John L King
Short Stories in Spanish for Beginners
by Olly Richards
Mastering Spanish Vocabulary
by Axel J Navarro Ramil & Jose Maria Navarro
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary
by Cristina Hernandez Montero & Marta Lopez
Which are the best books for learning Spanish? Benny Lewis, polyglot and author of the popular language-learning blog Fluent in Three Months, recommends his top five. He explains why beginners should be wary of grammar, and why forcing yourself to make mistakes is the key to success in any language.
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.