Learning another language is both useful and recreational. Did you leave your heart in Hawaii after you last trip? Did you take French in high school, but you can’t remember anything about it from so many years ago? Are you planning a trip to Greece? All of these are great reasons to consider learning a foreign language.
Maybe you’ve come in to the library only to find out that all the German language learning CDs are checked out, or we don’t have anything at all for the language you’re interested in learning. Did you know the library subscribes to an online database called Mango Languages? This database guides you, step-by-step, through the acquisition of another language and has everything you might have found in the old books, tapes, and CDs. There’s even an app so you can study the language(s) of your choices on your smartphone or other mobile device.
Mango Languages offers courses in more than four dozen languages, so the one you’re interested in learning is likely to be represented. In August our library patrons were most likely to use Mango Languages to study German, Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian), Pirate (yes, you read that correctly), Telugu, and Latin. Other popular choices such as French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), and Russian are also available. There are also English as a second language courses for native speakers of Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
Getting started is easy. Go to this page, scroll down until you find Mango Languages, and click on the link. You will need your library card number to create an account using the password of your choosing. After that, you will be able to log in using your library card number as your username and the password you have created. You must hold a Chatham Area Public Library card to use this database. If you hold a card from another public library, check your home library’s website to see if Mango Languages is available to you.