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Learn a foreign language from your desktop

Posted: October 6, 2011 - 12:06am

Have you wanted to learn a foreign language, but decided not to because you couldn’t find a class or the class you did find was too expensive? Now you can learn that language.

The Alaska Library Network (ALN) has licensed Mango Languages statewide. Mango is free for all Alaska residents, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our communities’ increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned.

Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. It is available in 31 foreign language and 14 ESL courses. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 34 foreign languages and 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Mango is available on the Digital Pipeline at bit.ly/o4ybB8 under Business & Career, Education, High School and A-Z resources. You can also directly access Mango from within Alaska at bit.ly/o4ybB8. Report any problems with signing up for this resource to Daniel Cornwall at daniel.cornwall@alaska.gov.

Funding for Mango Languages is from an Interlibrary Cooperation grant from the Alaska State Library.

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