Learn a new language with Mango software

DEARBORN — The city’s public library now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system.

Mango is free for all library cardholders and offers a fast and convenient solution for the community’s increasing language-learning needs.

Each lesson combines real-life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

Users learn actual conversation, and the program allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they already have learned.

Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. It is available in nine foreign language and three English as a Second Language courses.

The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language.

The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are available in 22 foreign languages and 15 ESL courses.

“Learning a new language should be fun,” Library Director Maryanne Bartles said. ‘With Mango, it definitely is.”

To get a preview of what the program has to offer, residents are invited to visit any of the four public libraries in the city for an introduction.

Mango can be accessed at www.dearbornlibrary.org. With a library card, the courses can be accessed remotely from anywhere.

For more information call (313) 943-2330.