Are you planning to visit a foreign country? Would you like to make yourself more marketable to an employer by being bilingual? Do you want to have an advantage on an international business trip by speaking the language of the country? Learning another language can have many benefits, and Fort Bend County Libraries’ Mango Languages online interactive tool makes learning a new language easier than ever – and it’s free!
Learn how to get started using Mango Languages at an introductory program “Learn a Language from Home” on Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 10:30 am, in the Computer Lab at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land on the UH campus. Library staff will demonstrate how to set up a free account and begin using this easy-to-use interactive learning tool.
Mango Languages offers online courses for people who would like to learn a new language. The resource includes 22 languages — Spanish, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Hebrew, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic (Levantine), Farsi, Pashto, Urdu, Dari, Turkish, Tagalog, Hindi, and Irish.
The resource also includes courses for non-English speaking people who would like to learn English. The English-language-assistance courses are available for people who speak Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, German, French, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Arabic, French, or Italian.
This online resource is self-paced and designed for practicality and simplicity. A “virtual tutor” guides the student through each step of the way as they learn actual conversation skills using real-life scenarios. An audio feature enables the student to hear how words are pronounced.
The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “University Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5100, or by visiting the library.