We’ve just added a free, interactive language-learning programme to our digital collection – Mango Languages. Whether preparing for a trip, brushing up on old skills or just trying a new language for the love of it, Mango is a fun, easy and effective way to learn.
One innovative (and let’s face it, potentially mortifying) feature is the ability to record yourself and compare your accent to native speakers.
There are 49 languages to choose from, including:
- Chinese (Mandarin)
There are also 15 English as a Second Language courses which include lessons for native speakers of Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Arabic, Russian, Greek, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), and Japanese.
Alternatively, if you somehow find yourself marooned in the Caribbean, roughly between the 16th and 19th centuries, you might want to give ‘Pirate’ a try.
To get started, you’ll need:
- Your library card
- A computer and an internet connection
- Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher
Here’s a YouTube tutorial to get you started: