News from the Reference Desk Category: Foreign Language Learning

Announcing Rosetta Stone

I am pleased to announce MPPL now has a subscription to the well-known language learning resource, Rosetta Stone Library Solutions. This package features all 30 languages with all levels available to you. From experience, this resource works best an app on a mobile device though is still effective on a desktop computer if you have a microphone. There is a trick to opening the app after you have downloaded it so please read the instructions on our Library Apps webpage. You’ll get the hang of it because the steps should be easy for anyone with the motivation to learn a new language.

Oxford Dictionaries

MPPL now subscribes to Oxford Dictionaries, the online dictionary that does everything you want an online dictionary to do (according to a review I found in Booklist, Sept. 1, 2010). That sounds like a tall order because most people just want spelling and definition, but Oxford Dictionaries surpasses all expectations. Is has not just definitions and spellings but also rhymes, audio files, related words, word origin, examples in sentences, and links to their foreign language dictionaries which are all included in this package. The other dictionaries are French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Arabic. Also, you should check out the Oxford Dictionaries fun, informative and trippy Oxford Words blog.

Introducing Mango Premier

Mango Languages has added a layer to its unique language learning program. If you are studying Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, or English for Spanish Speakers you will have added courses that involve watching foreign films. You can watch the movie all the way through reading subtitles in English, the original language, both at the same time, or your own comprehension. You can be more engaged in the “Engaged Mode”. You will be prepped with a scene instruction and find a list of words you will encounter.

Films currently available:
Kung Fu Dunk (Chinese Mandarin)
Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge (Japanese)
The Diary of Anne Frank (English for Spanish Speakers)
I’ll Believe You (English for Spanish Speakers)

Mango will be adding new films in the future.

Mango Languages

Did you know we have a fun, fast and easy language learning program called Mango Languages?  The best part it is free for Mount Prospect patrons and you can access it anywhere there is Internet with you library card. Mango is the easiest and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.  Mango is available in two versions:

Mango Basic:

Perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time.  The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 22 foreign languages and 14 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Mango Complete:

Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in nine foreign language and three ESL courses. Foreign language courses include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  ESL courses include Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.