Mango Languages test run

Kelly Fulton, Staff Writer

A trial version of Mango Languages was tested by Texas A&M University-Commerce students through the library and myLeo.

“Mango Languages is a highly regarded, self-guided language and cultural learning resource with a strong emphasis on conversational immersion,” Michael Barrera, archivist for Gee Library, said.

Mango Languages is a small business, which employs 55 people, boasts a million users globally and is made up of people all over the world including linguists, programmers, teachers, librarians, writers, artists, and scientists.

Mango offers more than 60 foreign languages as well as 17 English as a second language (ESL) courses.

“Mango Languages also includes unique culturally thematic specialty courses, such as medical Spanish, endangered languages (such as Tuvan), and ‘soccer celebration’ (Brazilian Portuguese), as well as useful features such as semantic color mapping, phonetic pop-ups, quizzes, grammar and culture notes,” Barrera said.

Additionally, Mango Languages include the Mango Premiere program, which teaches foreign languages with full-length international films.  Mango Premiere focuses on four areas of language learning – vocabulary, grammar, phrases, and culture – all within the experience of watching a movie.