Library offers online help for learning languages
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Aug 02, 2010 | 1423 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Bradley County Public Library recently purchased a year’s subscription to Mango Languages, an online service to help patrons learn new languages.

Andrew Hunt, director for the library, said the library purchased 12 languages including Mandrin Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Latin American Spanish, Vietnamese and English as a Second Language (for Spanish speakers). Hunt said he picked these languages because "they tend to be the most used” of the libraries current materials.

The database will be available remotely for patrons with a valid library card and from computers within the library.

Hunt said that the library’s foreign language materials were popular, prompting him to look into other language tools. Mango did a demonstration for Hunt sometime in April, and he thought the library should give it a try. If the library sees a lot of people using the database, it will most likely renew their subscription . While the database is mostly geared to adults, Hunt said he believes younger patrons could use it also. Hunt said the database would also be great for someone traveling to a foriegn country

The library previously offered language programs on flash drives that patrons could check out and download onto their computer.

Hunt said one benefit of the database over using a flash drive is that the database can be allows multiple people to access the same language at the same time. Mango can also be accessed from anywhere making it more convenient.

Mango also allows patrons to create a profile so that they can monitor their progress of the languages studied, the time the have spent studying and the highest lesson passed.