Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Campbell_Library_Staff
As a librarian, I receive a variety of reference questions every day. People have all kinds of information needs. One frequently asked question is, "Where are the language learning materials?"
Our library has a rich collection of resources in various formats, including books, audio CDs, DVDs, and more. The call number (location) of language learning materials goes from 433 to 495. In addition, the library subscribes to electronic (online) language learning resources for adults and children. These resources are called Mango and Muzzy. When you use your library card number and PIN to log into these resources through the library website, you will find numerous language options and learner levels.
I am interested in gaining basic conversation skills for multiple languages. This will allow me to better communicate with library users who speak those languages. I am currently using Manago to learn Japanese during my spare time. I am finding it quite helpful. Prior to my career as a librarian, I was a language teacher for many years. From the perspectives of both a learner and a teacher, I highly recommend Mango as a starting tool for adult learners studying English conversation.
Do you know why the company named its language learning product, "Mango"? Out of curiosity, I looked into this and found a telling description on their website, “DELICIOUSLY SIMPLE LANGUAGE LEARN