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From the Natrona County Public Library
Learn a New Language @ Your Library
By Brenda Thomson, Community Relations Coordinator
June 30, 2010
You might know that each of these words is a greeting in a different language. French, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, in that order, to be exact. But most of us probably would not know how to say much else.
Here is another thing you probably do not know: Internationally, nearly seventy percent of people are bilingual. In the United States, that number is only nine percent.
Why so low? you might ask. It is not because people do not want to learn a second language.
Many of us would love to be able to communicate when we visit another country on business or vacation, or when we meet foreign-language speakers in our own community. Foreign language skills can come in handy in a variety of situations.
So why do so few Americans speak another language? Perhaps we think it will be too hard to learn, will take too much time, or will cost too much money. Thanks to your library, now none of those reasons apply!
Mango Languages is a new resource recently made available for free to Wyoming library users. This easy-to-use program makes language learning simple, engaging and fun, and can be accessed online at www.natronacountylibrary.org.
The Mango program is presented with both audio and visual elements, so you both hear and see the language as you progress. In addition, it focuses on more than just learning words and phrases.
The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of grammar and culture. Students learn actual conversation useable in real life, while making connections throughout the course that increase understanding of the language as a whole.
Mango is available in two versions. Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time. These courses require only two to five hours to complete, and are currently available in 22 foreign languages, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL). Mango Basic is a great option for the beginner in a new language, or those hoping to pick up a few helpful phrases for an upcoming trip.
The second version available to library users is Mango Complete. This in-depth version of the program provides 100-lesson courses designed to give a full understanding of the entire language and its culture. It is available in nine foreign languages: Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Whether you need to learn a second language for business or travel reasons, or just think it would be interesting, Mango can be an excellent resource, one your library is proud to offer. Best of all, you can access the program from any internet capable computer using your library card number and pin.
Visit the library website at www.natronacountylibrary.org and click on “search the online resources” then “language learning.” To find out your pin, ask questions, or learn about more online resources provided by your library, call us at 577-READ.
And, by the way, Au Revoir...Adiós....Zài Jiàn...Sayonara
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