Learn Languages Online

I’ve needed to learn Spanish for several years now, but found that language learning books or audiobooks just don’t work for me. Unfortunately, I also can’t afford those high-price language learning software programs (you know the ones) and there doesn’t seem to be any good free alternatives. Luckily for me, and everyone, the State Library of Kansas just announced that they are making a great new online language learning product available.

The product is called Mango for Libraries, and it is one of the leading online language learning services available. It is a product that library customers have been asking about for a few years, and we are excited to be able to bring you access through the Digital Branch.

Mango for Libraries is really easy to use. It uses native speakers, repetition, and voice comparison to help you quickly and easily learn. Choose from over 30 languages, from Latin American Spanish to Mandarin to Biblical Hebrew or even Pirate. It also includes 16 English as a second language options.

The service provides two levels of learning courses, Mango Basics, for travel or casual conversation, or go in-depth with Mango’s Complete level courses with up to 100 lessons for language mastery.

Mango for Libraries is completely online with no software to download. Just access it using your Library card number and start learning! You can access Mango for Libraries from the Digital Branch under the Research tab.

Mango for Libraries also has a great app for Apple and Android devices. To use the app you will first need to create a Mango profile online through the Library, then use that profile to activate the App.  Get the Mango for Libraries app from iTunes or Google Play.

Use this link to find brief instructions on how to start using Mango!

For younger children we also have Muzzy!, a great online language learning program for preschool or younger.

What language will you use Mango to learn? Spanish? French? Pirate? Share your successes with us!

Jeff Tate is the Digital Branch Librarian. He can help with your ebook and digital audiobook questions and ereader, smart phones, iPads, or other gadget issues, In addition, he can assist with general research questions, library database assistance, and almost anything else you find on our Digital Branch. He also trains, markets, and develops content for the Library's website, ebooks, databases, social media, and other online services. Besides his MLS, he has degrees in American History and American Studies.

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