Ruidoso Public Library’s latest offering is Mango Languages. This is a fun, flash-card way to learn languages. The graphics are flashy and sharp. There are men and women speaking each word, phrase, or sentence. You can repeat each card, lesson, or section as often as you wish.
These have been a hot topic at the library this winter and spring. Biblical Hebrew is popular with theology students. Kids can learn how fun languages a”RRRRR”e in the Pirate section. Try out a section before your next trip. You may learn the basics (hello, goodbye, thank you) or jump to sections on restaurants or directions.
Mango Languages are on the library’s webpage. Look for the bright green banner (seen above). A duplicate link is available from the e-branch tab. Use your library card number to log in from home or your smart phone or tablet.
This is the complete listing of languages on offer:
Arabic (Egyptian, Levantine, or MSA)
Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin)
French or French (Canadian)
Greek (modern, Ancient, or Koine)
Hebrew or Biblical Hebrew
Spanish (Latin America or Spain)
English as a Foreign Language is available for speakers of:
Jennifer wants you to know: "If you are an advanced speaker, I recommend the lessons on learning English. I spent a happy hour digging through the meaty sentences explaining to Russians how Americans expect small talk about the weather. I may try the Ancient Greek sometime—I have a poster from Homer’s Odyssey I hope to read."
Mango Languages are very convenient. You are not stuck in front of a computer. Apple and Android apps are available. Language, like math, benefits most from doing a little bit every day. Continue a lesson during lunch, review phrases while waiting in line, or use it as a trivia game while you await your order at restaurant. This video demonstrates: