Library Corner: Do you speak Mango?
The third week of January may be when the resolve in “resolution” starts to dissolve. Gym attendance drops. Vegetable sales flounder.
To be successful at creating a new habit, it has to be easy and convenient.
The Mango online language learning program is both. Take up a “new” New Year’s Resolution, one that does not require sweaty gym socks or salad: learn a language.
Mango is an online language learning platform provided to all Grand County Library cardholders so they can easily expand their linguistic horizons. Access it by going to http://www.gcld.org and clicking on the “ebooks and learning tools” link.
Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. 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 by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Plus, they are fun. Using Mango feels like playing a game.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Brush up on your Korean in honor of the Winter Olympics. Or perhaps you want to learn like how to talk like a pirate, you hornswaggling, monkey jacket-wearin’ scallywag. Shiver me timbers!
In addition to traditional language courses, Mango offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone, Android, Kindle and Nook.
Empezar hoy! Ahora es el momento perfecto para aprender un idioma nuevo con Mango y su biblioteca.
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