Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Exercise Your Mind with Mango Languages

Are you one of those people who has been meaning to pick up another language? WPL offers you the perfect place to start--and all you need is a library card! 

Mango Languages offers free online instruction in 65 languages, including those as obscure as Cherokee, Pirate and Ancient Greek, as well as ESL teaching for native Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, French, German,Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese speakers. Mango keeps track of completed lessons and labs and provides a detailed record of the user’s progress. Pronunciation and examples of context are always provided. 

While competitors Rosetta Stone can boast lush photographic images and Powerspeak offers a non-nonsense digital classroom, Mango projects a sense of fun through its branding yet remains focused on practical application. For example, specialty courses cover such lively conversational topics as Text Talk in Latin American Spanish, Oktoberfest German, Wine and Cheese French and Endangered Languages.  

Linked to the Online Databases page at www.mywpl.org, Worcester library cardholders can access Mango remotely with the library barcode number and PIN to set up a Mango account, and even download the free app for IPhone or Android device. So sign up for Mango Languages and you're on your way!

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