Coquitlam Public Library (CPL) now offers Mango Languages, an award-winning online language-learning system.
Mango is free for all library patrons and offers a fast and convenient solution for language-learning needs. According to a CPL press release, 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, blending components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation in an audio-visual framework.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer this premium resource," librarian Jay Peters said in the release. "Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel reasons. Others just want to because they think it would be interesting. No matter the reason, learning a new language should be fun. With Mango, it definitely is."
Designed by a team of linguists, teachers, software developers, human interface specialists, writers, voice talents and designers, the company's language-learning system has drawn acclaim from prominent national and international reference groups, educational resources, web organizations and travel guides.
Users can choose from 35 languages spoken in Europe, Latin America and Asia, as well as Haitian Creole. There are also a number of introductory English courses.
With a library card and access to the internet, it is possible to learn a language anywhere. To start, go to Coquitlam Public Library's website at www.library.coquitlam.bc.ca, then click on the Articles, Newspapers, Encyclopedias button. Log in and click on Mango Languages under Language Learning. There is also a Mango Languages app for the iPhone.
For more information, contact the information desk at 604-637-4144, Ext. 3).