I have been enamoured with French culture ever since my first trip to Paris two autumns ago. During that trip, I spent most of my time wandering through the many wide tree-lined avenues and gardens of Paris. This May, I returned to Paris hoping to re-visit my favourite spots and to explore things that I had missed two years ago.
|Paris in the rain
||Mango Languages French course
Before leaving for Paris I had the goal of brushing up on my basic French, but sadly, due to procrastination it never happened. If like me, you find it difficult to labour over a textbook to study a foreign language, and want a quick way to learn important phrases, then the Calgary Public Library can help you towards that goal. The Library’s website in our E-Library offers a resource called Mango Languages that teaches you a foreign language at the beginner level. It can be found in both the World Languages and Travel & Geography sections of the E-Library. Learners can choose from 49 languages including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, French, Portuguese, and even Pirate!
Some neat features of Mango Languages:
- You can choose from either the Basic course where you learn simple skills for common, everyday situations in a few hours, or the more in-depth Complete 2.0 course for those wanting to learn more language and grammar skills.
- Includes a translation tool to translate conversations from one language to another.
- Focuses on teaching useful phrases for everyday, real-life use. This is especially helpful for those wanting to learn survival phrases to use while traveling abroad.
- Each lesson includes cultural notes to help learners understand the cultural expectations and etiquette of the people they plan on communicating with.
Mango Languages is also accessible as a free mobile app through the E-Library. To get started all you need is a library account and a Mango account (set up through the Library's website).