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Monday, February 1, 2010

You say "potato..."

I say, "patate," or "aardappel," or "pomme de terre." That old "potah-to-potato" song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" celebrated the differences between pronunciations of English words, but take it global and you've got major communication problems. Being fluent in a second or even third language is something every global citizen should consider. If you've had the dream of learning a new language or brushing up on an old one, we have a new online service you'll want to try - Mango Languages.

Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. It includes instruction for 22 foreign language and ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for speakers of 14 different languages. Browsing through the language list, I'm excited about the possibilities! I studied French in high school and could really use a refresher course and Mango offers both a Basic and Complete lesson plan for francais. About 15 years ago I tried in vain to learn some Irish via a cassette tape. I've been searching for a convenient way to try again and I can't believe Mango offers Irish, too! The 23 languages offered cover many continents and countries so you are likely to find something you want or need to learn.

To use Mango in the library, just go to our Reference list of databases and click "Mango Languages." You will probably want to use Mango from your home computer - follow the same link, just have your DPPL card number handy to authenticate yourself for free access.

Our goal for 2010 is to help you get wherever you need to go in the neighborhood, the world, in life. If learning a language is part of your plan, try Mango Languages and let us know what you think.

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