Learn a new Language Online—For Free!

  • Would you like to be able to order a coffee in flawless French the next time you are enjoying the sites at a sidewalk cafe in Paris?
  • Do you have an upcoming business meeting in Beijing, Brussels or Bangkok?
  • Do you want to feel more confident and comfortable in your new country?

Mango is an online, interactive language-learning system that uses real-life situations and actual conversations to teach a new language. Mango allows you to learn at your own pace, whenever you have the time.

44 Basic courses offered—perfect for business or travel overseas.

Complete courses available in 18 languages including Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Russian.
Mango also offers basic English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for native speakers of 14 different languages. Advanced ESL courses are available in Spanish, Polish and Portuguese.

Want to learn more about Mango? Check out the slide show! To begin your lessons visit www.grpl.org/databases. If you are accessing the databases from home, please have your library card number ready.

6 Responses to “Learn a new Language Online—For Free!”

  1. March 1, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    My wife wants to go to Europe but I'm scared that it will be a disaster because I don't speak any other languages. I went to Brussels a few years ago and scared some girl on a dark street when I bellowed "DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?" She crossed the street while my friends told me that I was acting like a dumb American.

    Maybe I'll start learning a language with Mango. what language should I concentrate on if we are going to Italy, Greece, and Spain?

  2. March 1, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    I would say to focus on Spanish. Italian is very similar to Spanish which will make your life easier there AND when you come home you will find more Spanish speakers in the US than you will find native Greek speakers or Italian speakers.

  3. March 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    I agree with Elise, focus on Spanish. I also think its a great idea to learn some basic phrases such as "do you speak English" in the language of the country you are visiting. Based on my experience, it goes a long way to at least make an effort to communicate in their language.

  4. March 2, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    When my husband and I spent a summer in France about 40 years ago we were able to hitch all over, and having a little francais to try out went a long way. The main problem was that most people wanted to practice their english with us instead of vice versa… It was so much fun to learn a new language though!

  5. March 2, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    I have to confess, if there is any program that will get me back to studying a language, it is Mango. It's intuitive, flexible, as fast as you want it to be, and just plain fun. The hard part will be deciding which one of the 44 languages to start with.

  6. March 6, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    I think I'll try to learn key phrases in 3 or 4 languages.