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Teach Yourself a New Language: Mango Languages

Teach yourself Mandarin Chinese in 15 minutes a day, courtesy of OhioLINK’s new subscription to Mango Language Learning Center. Mango, an online language-learning system, currently offers lessons in 44 languages, including:

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • German
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian

Mango also offers English-language lessons if English is your second language. English as a second language (ESL) courses are based on the native language of the student, such as, ESL Cantonese. There are currently 15 English courses taught in the user’s native language.

Mango is divided into modules that emphasize conversation and pronunciation. Several teaching methods are employed, including flashcards, repetition, and cultural notes. It also includes a translation feature that uses the Google Translation tool.

This database is licensed for use only by students, staff, and faculty of OhioLINK member institutions, such as CWRU.

Mango also has some specific technical requirements, including Adobe Flash Player and Javascript. A helpful FAQ is available.

You are not required to log in, although the opening screen from¬† OhioLINK seems to require it. Instead, click on the “Start Learning” button, and the “OhioLINK Language Learning Center” screen will open. Once you select your language, simply click the “Launch” button next to the course you desire. My experience with Mango was that courses take a long time to open unless you are using the Internet Explorer browser.

You may opt to “Create a Profile” to log in. This enables you to track your progress. Once you create your profile, you may then choose to log in. Once you create a profile, you should be able to use the free Mango Mobile App (Library Edition) on your Android or iPhone. An app is also available for iPods and iPads. A Tech assistance phone number is sent you upon registration for assistance with mobile app problems. However, this user had no difficulties setting up the mobile app.

Check it out.¬† You’ll be rockin’ in Mandarin in no time.