Database of the Month: Mango Languages
Now that we’re in our various stages of leaving the house again, thinking about travel, and looking to the future, it’s the perfect time to learn a new language or brush up on your half-forgotten high school language learning. And do we have some great resources for you!
Introducing: Mango Languages
Mango Languages is another of those resources that our libraries pay for so you can get it for free! And it is worth every penny. Mango teaches a new language through conversations—no vocabulary lists to memorize or charts of grammar to recite. Instead, you will listen to, speak, and type conversations that help you learn how to do practical things in another language with notes on culture and grammar that provide essential context to help you navigate a new, exciting part of the world.
The lessons are color-coded with the different parts of the sentence highlighted so you can tell what words and phrases correspond to each other. If a word is in black, it lets you know that it doesn’t exist in the other version—like helping verbs that are used in one language but not the other.
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Not Just Language
If you want to travel, you need to know more than just how to order food or ask where the bathroom is. It’s important to learn about the culture and customs of the place you are visiting. Mango helps with that, too! As you learn how to say the words, you’ll also be learning about important aspects of those who speak the languages as well as little tricks that help you sound like a native speaker!
There are also tons of ways to deepen your knowledge. If you want more of a review of a language than learning from the beginning, you can jump around in the lessons to find where you fit. And if there’s an area you’re struggling with, Mango automatically creates daily review lessons to help you strengthen those skills you need to improve.
But it’s also important to know how to read the language. Mango provides reading exercises that help you to learn the way that the language is written and spoken, with comprehension questions to make sure you’re understanding things properly.
Ready to Learn?
What language do you want to learn? With over 70 languages ranging from Arabic to Yiddish and Cherokee to Scots Gaelic (and even Pirate!), you can get started today with just your library card. Need more resources? Check out Transparent Languages, another resource provided to you at no cost by your library, or find a book or ebook to supplement your skills! Are you using Mango for your library, classroom, or business?
Viel Erfolg und Spaß beim lernen (Good luck and have fun with your learning!)