Monday, August 22, 2011

Fresh Fruit

Lawrence Public Library now subscribes to Mango Languages, a fun and interactive language learning program. This database teaches pronunciation, conversation, grammar, vocabulary and cultural awareness. Many languages are available, including: Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese. Mango is so effective it’s used by many government agencies and the military.

Mango allows you to learn at your own pace and take a quiz to see how well you’re doing. Record your individual progress and continue where you stopped last time by creating your own profile. You may also choose to learn anonymously instead of creating a login. If you have a microphone and headphones you may use the voice comparison tool to match your accent to a native speaker. The translation tool allows you to enter any text and convert it into many different popular languages. Now learning another language is much easier than ever!

Access this new resource from Lawrence Public Library’s website by using the Research Databases link under Library Services on the left sidebar and scroll down to the Special Interest databases. If you are outside of the library, you will need to enter your library card number (without the spaces). If you are using a public computer at the library you do not need to enter this number. Your computer must have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed; this is free from Adobe’s website. A free Mango app is available for your iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad from iTunes.

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Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the Mango interface doesn't work in the Safari browser - even with the latest version of Flash - but does seem to work in other browsers.

Anonymous said...

Lol...who actually uses Safari anyway?

LPL Booklovers said...

Looks like 4% of the people who have stopped by the blog did so using Safari.

We tested Mango on Safari and didn't have an issue - hopefully it was a temporary glitch. Let us know if the issue persists.