Learn a Language Online this Summer

As you and the kids lounge around the pool, lake, or the yard this summer, why not take the opportunity to learn a new language online at no cost. We have a suite of online language learning products to help anyone from preschool to old school learn a new language.

For younger children we have Muzzy!, a fun online language learning program for preschool or younger. For everyone else, there is Mango for Libraries, a comprehensive online language learning tool, with a translator.

Both tools are completely online with no software to download, offer a wide range of languages to learn including ESL options, and are provided at no cost – all you need is your library card!

Muzzy!

MuzzyOnline_HoriztonalBannerMuzzy! gives you and your child 24/7 access to 26 different learning modules that provide kids with an entertaining adventure in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Unlike most language learning products, Muzzy does not require that the learner already be able to read. It works on the immersion principle, introducing conversational phrases and dialogue in a storyline.

It is a great product for individual learning, traditional classroom settings, homeschooling, and Muzzy may just be something mom and dad or the grandparents enjoy using too.

They have also recently updated all of their animations and games, giving it a fresh new look that’s even easier to use!

You can access Muzzy! under the Research tab>Databases by Subject.

Mango for Libraries

mango logoMango 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 – even Pirate, arrrr! 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 under the Research tab>Databases by Subject.

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!

What language will you learn this summer?

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.