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Ready to learn a new language?

Are you ready to learn a new language? Have you been wondering how to communicate with your new neighbor from France? Now you can become fluent in another tongue right from your computer.

DeKalb County Public Library now offers online language learning courses through Mango, an interactive learning sequence designed to mimic real life conversations.   Mango offers courses in European, America, Asian, and Middle Eastern languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.  Their strategy is to stimulate real life encounters with native speakers of the language, so that you will be able to use your newfound language skills right away.  Not only will you learn new vocabulary and grammar, but you will be able to apply them in everyday situations without having to wrack your brain trying to associate words with circumstances.  It's the Mango guarantee: "You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary, and conversation; you'll learn how to communicate."

One great feature of this program is that unlike audio-only language programs, Mango incorporates visual text with its aural lessons.  Its design makes it easy for you to move at your own pace and repeat material as necessary.  It requires a log-in, which means that it also keeps track of your progress.  Mango also offers ESL programs in three languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish (and they hope to add more in the coming months.)  And, if you're ambitious enough to learn multiple languages at the same time, Mango can keep track of your progress in each of them.

It's just another way DeKalb County Public Library is reaching out to meet its patrons' needs.  In this global economy, it is becoming increasingly important to be fluent in multiple languages.  And, what better venue is there to meet this need than the local library?  From the comfort of your home computer (or the living room of your friends or neighbors), you can begin your own quest for fluency in another tongue.  It won't be long before you, too, can converse with your French neighbor.  That is, of course, unless he learns English before you learn French!


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