Say "salut" to language learning!

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013, 9:11 am

For whatever reason— business, pleasure, New Year's resolution— the library's free online resources can help you accomplish your language-learning goals.

For an interactive, immersive approach, try Powerspeak Languages, which offers courses in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and English for Spanish and Mandarin speakers. An engaging combination of online activities, exercises, lessons and games will help make a new language stick. Each lesson presents part of an exciting adventure story that encourages you to progress to the next lesson; you can continue learning with the "more practice" and "dig deeper" features.

If you prefer a more traditional listen-and-repeat approach to language learning, try Mango Languages. An easy self-guided slideshow format will help you learn dozens of modern and ancient languages; a number of English-as-a-second-language options are also available. Focusing on everyday conversational skills, lessons contain grammar, 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.

Powered by Mango Languages, Little Pim is a fun, interactive way for children ages 6 and under to learn a new language. Courses in 10 different languages combine animation and videos of real kids to teach simple words and phrases for everyday activities.

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