THE WEEKLY - Walla Walla Library gets new languages-learning system

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Looking to boost your resume with knowledge of a second language or make travel to a foreign country more enjoyable?

The Walla Walla Public Library offers just the ticket -- an online language program called Mango.

The learning program teaches practical conversation as well as cultural awareness. It offers 34 foreign languages for English speakers, as well as 15 English-language courses for non-native speakers.

It's a fast track to language acquisition, but as anyone who has studied a language knows, time and commitment are essential. Toward that end, the library's M?°ngo provides the option to register online and track your progress -- an essential tool.

Mango has proven to be the most popular language-learning approach among the library's collection of dictionaries, grammar books and courses on CD.

The library has been on the lookout for an online language program for our patrons. We needed to find one which was highly rated, offered a wide variety of languages, was accessible from home, and was within our budget.

You may Ô¨Ånd that the only difÔ¨Åculty with M?°ngo is choosing which language to learn: Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Pashto, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu or Vietnamese.

To log on, go to the libary's research tools database at www.wallawallapubliclibrary.org/databases.php and scroll down to the M?°ngo logo. You'll need your library card number to get started.

Beth Hudson is interim director of the Walla Walla Public Library.

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