Want to Get a Jump Start on Your New Year’s Resolution of Learning Irish…..Try Mango!

Learnmango_irish basic foreign language phrases quickly with Mango Languages, a county-wide database. Mango Languages offers courses in 64 languages, even including the Tuvan language, an endangered language spoken in Siberia. And you didn’t know a language could be endangered, did you? Mango also has English as a Second Language courses for 17 different foreign languages.

One main difference between Mango Languages and other language-learning products is that it focuses on gaining basic conversation skills quickly rather than a slower approach of presenting the complete foundation of each language. For example, characters in non-Latin alphabets aren’t fully taught. Some disadvantages of this approach are that some language fundamentals are missing, and that there is no “real” teacher who can answer detailed questions.

Some unique features of Mango Languages are: the customs of other countries are presented, and 20 foreign language films are offered, with an option to just watch the films or to have them broken into scenes with interactive content. A speech comparison tool helps analyze the learner’s pronunciation.

The interface for learning is called Mango Conversations, and a placement test is offered for each language through this interface. Children have their own language resource within Mango called Little Pim with Little Pim the panda as the star.  Little Pim is based on videos with options for flash cards that have basic vocabulary.

When a user creates an account, Mango Languages will save progress in the cloud and will share this on Facebook and Twitter.  Apps are available for iPhone, iPod and Android.

Have fun learning a language!

Here’s a video too:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dubBh-WgmXo

Ann
Cooper-Siegel Community Library

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