Resolve to Learn a New Language

Many library patrons elect to learn a new skill in the new year. What better time to learn a new language? Fortunately, the eLibrary has several language learning resources available for all ages.

logo-with-duoOne option is Duolingo – a language learning platform with dozens of languages available. This public resource operates under a “freemium” model, meaning there are some features that are only available with a paid subscription. However, the software is easy-to-use and works more like a game for users than an instructional program. Users can earn badges and unlock new features as they progress. Bonus, Duolingo is a Pittsburgh-based company (woot woot!).

mangoAnother great language learning tool is Mango Languages – a library-funded resource with over 70+ languages all available for free to patrons. Mango is excellent for learning conversation skills and provides a historic and cultural background for many of its languages. It also guides users through levels as they progress, while also offering specialty units on business, medical, and legal issues. This is a great resource for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. Plus, the Mango app makes learning on the go easy.

Sure – these resources are great for adults, but what about kids?

little pim2That’s where Little Pim comes in! This language learning software from Mango Languages is geared for children. Little Pim offers 10 languages and uses videos and electronic flash cards to encourage even very young children to begin learning a new language.

Hopefully, these language learning tools will help get your patrons off to a great start in the new year!

Richelle @ Sewickley Public Library