The best way to practice a foreign language by yourself, is to read! (The best way to practice with others, is Lexody… obvi!). Here is a great list of bookstores in the Los Angeles area that have books in foreign languages.
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This bookstore is three stories of goodness! Hidden in the back of the store is a selection of foreign language books. We have seen French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and German. They have comfy places to sit and read too, so you can dive into stories before you purchase. Did we mention – it’s gorgeous inside too??
123 Astronaut E Onizuka St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
This is one of our favorite go-to chain bookstores for Japanese books. Most likely the largest selection of Japanese books in all of the LA area, you won’t be disappointed! They have all reading levels – from children books to advanced adult, and of course Manga. You are bound to find a book in Japanese about pretty much anything you want! You can also geek-out over all their cool Japanese movies, trinkets and stationary. Most of the staff speaks Japanese, so you can also try out your speaking skills while perusing their selection.
Tu Luc Bookstore
14318 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92843
This is one of the only bookstores with a great selection of Vietnamese books. Their books range from children books to adult books and magazines. They have popular Vietnamese books, but also popular English books translated into Vietnamese (what’s up Harry Potter!)
Jarir Book Store
11107 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92840
This bookstore is dedicated to the beautiful Arabic language! They also have a wide selection of levels -from children to adult. One of the great perks is that you can also speak Arabic with the staff, and even go in and ask for suggestions! There’s also a cool selection of Arab-style goodies besides books – rugs, art, flags, and stationary.
320 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
Bookman is a used bookstore that carries a wide selection of foreign language books. We have seen Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German! Because it is a used bookstore, their collection is constantly changing, and may include other languages at times too.
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Skylight Books has a good selection of foreign-language books. Primarily, we see Spanish and French selections. They also have a wide selection of author events, which makes this store quite the community for book-lovers of all languages!
140 W Valley Blvd, Ste 110, San Gabriel, CA 91776
This is one of the best Chinese bookstores in the area! Walking in, you feel like you’re stepping into China – even their sign outside is in Chinese (look for the word GILY in English.) They have a wide selection of reaad – childrens books, magazines, novels, recipe books, and more! The best part – it’s quite reasonably priced. There’s also a selection of fun Chinese trinkets and stationary.
3250 W Olympic Blvd, Ste 326, Los Angeles, CA 90006
This quaint store, located in the Galleria, has an excellent selection of Korean books and all things Korea. They have Korean novels, magazines, and even books on how to learn Korean. Their levels range from childrens books to adults, so you’re bound to find something to practice your Korean learning.
Have fun and read on! If you’re ready to practice conversation in any language, sign up for Lexody to find native speakers of any language in the Los Angeles area!
Know a great foreign-language bookstore that isn’t on our list? Comment below!