Thursday, January 28, 2010

Resource Spotlight: Mango Languages

Learn a Language with your Library Card!

Did you know you can learn a new language from the Arlington Public Library’s website? The Library offers a free online service called Mango Languages that is accessible from the Library’s website.

Mango Languages uses real-life situations and conversations to teach a new language. The user listens and repeats material designed from native conversations to learn how words and phrases are used in practical situations. Currently, the Arlington Public Library offers the following languages through Mango:

  • English for Spanish Speakers
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Mandarin Chinese

There are two levels of learning. Mango Basic courses quickly teach basic words and phrases, helpful to travelers going on business trips and short vacations. Mango Complete courses are aimed at students who want to move beyond basic language skills.

To access this service, all you need is an internet connection and an Arlington Public Library card. Try it today!

1 comment:

Sam Song said...

Mandarin has some features:

Japanese adopts a lot of Chinese characters, so, some Japanese know the advantages of the Chinese language. A learned Japanese states that Chinese language is very systematic and logic. He looks at Mandarin from a different angle.

Some people say the sound of Mandarin is poetic.

I am a published author of 5 wonderful books. I’d say the writing of Chinese characters could be beautiful.

It’s also very interesting to note that every Chinese character and pronunciation has a reason or logic behind. That means we can learn Mandarin much easier if we understand the reasons or logic behind. (I can demonstrate how easy learning Mandarin could be!)

Actually, learning Mandarin can be easy, fun and joyful!