Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Si vas de viaje?

Are you going on a short term missions trip this summer? Do you want to communicate with your new neighbors? Are you preparing for international business? Are you ready to live in our ever expanding/shrinking global community? In other words, do you want to learn a foreign language? The Darling Library would like to introduce you to a popular online language acquisition program called Mango Languages.

I used Google Translate to make the title of this post. I typed in, "Are you going on a trip?" and selected Spanish translation. Then I copied and pasted the results into the title. I have no idea if it's appropriate usage of the phrase. (I hope I haven't offended anyone or made myself sound silly!)

Mango Languages is an online language learning program that teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for over 35 of the world’s most popular languages. It goes beyond Yahoo! Babelfish or Google Translate.

Mango Languages uses a methodology they call Intuitive Language Construction which "increases what you learn, AND your ability to use it. Each lesson covers all four key-language components—Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Grammar and Culture – while maximizing comprehension and retention. A working knowledge of each component, and the ability to combine them correctly, is crucial to being understood and accepted by native speakers."

Current HIU students, staff, faculty, and alumni* may create a free account and get started learning any number of languages immediately. There are links on the library's home page (), and the research databases page under Languages and Literature.

Find out more about it and get started today.

*Alumni may need to contact the library for information on how to gain access and create an account.

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