Aside from going to classes, or studying online material at home, you'll find that a big part of your studies is reading books in that other language. But when I had a poke around for the best places to buy them in Perth, I could only come up with two places in and around Perth that specialised in language books. Where are the rest of them?
This appears to be the best place to buy language resources. Not just textbooks, but cookbooks, cultural books, literature, newspapers, travel guides, and even electronic dictionaries. They also sell translated version of bestselling and classic novels, such as The Hunger Games and The Great Gatsby. They also seem to stock teaching aids too, for people who are looking to teach foreign languages and need materials.
This is the oldest language media centre in Western Australia, which unfortunately no longer has a physical, brick-and-mortar store — or at least, they won't after 30 June. Their range of language products include readers, dictionaries, textbooks, software, phrasebooks, and other forms of multimedia. They cater to the following languages: French, Indonesian, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Japanese; they also stock products for people who study English as a Second Language (ESL), and teachers' references and aids.
Even though their physical store, which has been around since 1982, is closing its doors, you can still order their products online. Follow their Facebook to keep up with the latest updates.
You can also go to bigger stores that may not necessarily specialise in language books, but stock a range of them nonetheless. The only problem is that these stores tend have a very limited selection, and not much variety in terms of available languages.
This is a technical and specialist bookshop, whose catalogue is spread across a huge range of subjects and titles, whether it be fiction bestsellers, or technical manuals. As you can probably expect, most of their language section consists of general dictionaries, colloquial phrasebooks, flashcards, and study guides. These are great for when you're studying or travelling, but not when you're wanting to practise and achieve a native-level fluency.
So where else do people in Perth go to buy language books? It doesn't really matter which language, as long as it's things like novels, newspapers, magazines, and the like.
There is also Le toboggan. They are online and attend some festivals and markets throughout the year. They are Perth based.
The are specialised in international children books, DVDs, CDs, games... They also offer educational methods on demand.www.letoboggan.com.au