Learn new languages with Mango and Powerspeak

Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 9:35 am

Are you struggling to keep up in Spanish class? Need to learn a few Mandarin phrases for your company's big merge? Looking to brush up on your English skills? Whatever your language learning goals, Worthington Libraries can help you meet them.

You may already be aware of the wide variety of print and audio-visual language-learning materials the library has to offer, but did you know the Library also offers two online language-learning resources? All you need to get started is your library card and a computer with Internet access.

If you prefer a more traditional listen and repeat, rote-memorization approach to language learning, try Mango Languages. With 22 languages and 14 English-as-a second-language courses to choose from, lessons are presented in an easily navigable, self-guided slideshow format. Focusing on everyday conversational skills, lessons contain grammar and cultural notes and quizzes to help you retain the language you are learning. An added feature of Mango Languages is the ability to either select the "start learning immediately" option or set up an individual profile to track your progress.

If you prefer a more interactive, immersive approach to language learning, try Powerspeak Languages, the latest addition to Worthington Libraries' online language-learning offerings. Courses in Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese and English for Spanish speakers include an engaging combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons and games that help make a new language stick. Each lesson presents part of an exciting adventure story that encourages you to progress to the next lesson and you can continue learning with the "more practice" and "dig deeper" features.

No matter your goals or preferences, Worthington Libraries offers online resources that will help you meet your language-learning needs.

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