@Your Library: Learn to speak Pirate at your library

By Cathy Sherman For The Cordova Times

Or any other language you might be interested in because now the Cordova Public Library is offering access to a fabulous language website called ‘Mango.’

Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook.

“We are thrilled to join the growing list of libraries across the country that offer Mango to their patrons,” technology coordinator Jason Gabrielson said. “Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel. Others want to for personal or professional development. No matter the reason, learning a language should be fun. With Mango, it definitely is.”

To learn more about Mango, stop by the library and ask a librarian for an introduction. Library card holders can access Mango through the library website at cordovalibrary.org. For more information, contact the Cordova Public Library at 424-6667.

The Cordova Public Library is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Cathy Sherman is the museum director for the Cordova Historical Museum. She can be reached at ACM@cityofcordova.net.