30 Jul July’s Featured Database: Mango Languages
Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Beginning a language class this fall and want to earn a good grade? Then explore one of our free digital resources: Mango Languages.
Language learning is good for your brain.
According to research from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, (read more on ACTFL’s and Lead with Languages’ websites) learning languages can be beneficial in many ways.
- Correlates with higher scholastic achievements.
- Improves reading ability.
- Stronger ability to hypothesize in science.
- Increases job opportunities.
- Improves your concentration, memory, and listening skills.
Mango is an easy way to learn a new language.
Often it’s difficult to learn a new language because it’s hard to pronounce the words you’re learning, you can’t go at your own pace, or what you’re learning doesn’t apply in real life. Mango is different, though.
You can learn at a speed that’s perfect for you. Slow down pronunciations, and learn how to have actual conversations. For example, when learning Spanish, the first section you’ll cover is “Salutations and Small Talk.” There’s even a way you can specialize your language learning to business, legal, medical, text talk, and more.
Are you ready to get started? Here’s how.
1. Find Mango Languages on our website.
Just click on “Digital Resources.”
Next, scroll down to the “Education” section and then click “Mango Languages.”
2. Sign up for an account with Mango Languages.
Keep your library card handy! You’ll need your library card number and your PIN (which is the last four digits of your library card number).
3. Choose which language you’d like to learn first!
With Mango, you can learn many different languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, Arabic (Iraqi), Hebrew, Latin, Swedish, and even Pirate!
That’s it! You’ll be able to communicate in a second (or third or fourth) language in no time!
If you have more questions about using Mango, please schedule an appointment with our Adult Services Librarian, Shana, by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (502) 633-3803.
Comment below with what language you want to learn!
Whitney Wooters is the IT & Circulation Manager at the Shelby County Public Library. She’s been here since 2012, where she began in the children’s department working as a page. Meeting so many people and maintaining the website are her two favorite things about working at the library. Whitney is a graduate of Leadership Shelby (2018). When she’s not at work, she’s spending time with her husband and family, hoping that includes a fishing excursion or campfire.
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