Library Offers Mobile Foreign Language Learning Application

 

The Metropolitan Library System today announced its newest addition, an iPhone application that expands the scope of how users can access its language learning program, Mango Languages. Now, anyone who has a library card can access the courses directly from their mobile device.

The free application was designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch but also works with the iPad.  It offers the same functionality as Mango’s online self-study language learning software. Once installed, the program does not require Internet access; customers just download what they need when they need it.

"We are always looking for resources which make our material more fun and valuable for not only language learners, but our customers in general. The addition of Mango’s new iPhone application is the latest step in that process,” said Kim Terry, Marketing and Communications Director.

Mango includes 49 courses, 15 of which are English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  Created to provide the conversation skills that a user needs to successfully communicate and engage with the local population, Mango Languages also provides an understanding of the new language and culture.

The lessons are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that goes beyond teaching vocabulary and pronunciation to integrate components of grammar and culture. The Mango Intuitive Language Construction Methodology teaches actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements with a highly interactive interface that enables the user to build important connections between previous lessons.

Since its founding in 2007, Mango Languages has grown to become one of the world's leading providers of language learning products. That growth will continue throughout 2011, as the company plans to enrich content and introduce several new products, languages and features, each of which will target a specific user profile to meet that user's specific language needs – the ultimate goal being to learn a language.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.