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Amaze and impress your family and friends with your ability to speak multiple languages.  It’s possible with the Alameda County Library’s new language learning database Pronunciator.  It’s totally interactive when you set it up with a microphone or webcam.  Just create a Pronunciator account with your library card and log in each time to start learning.  

Don’t forget to look through our Language Learning Guide for language books and other online resources.   Make a commitment to learn another language for your New Years resolution.  ¡Si se puede!

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There are so very many languages in this world. Over six thousand reportedly. But word is that many of them are threatened with extinction. Yikes! Some languages are only spoken in an academic context, and some just aren’t being taught to the next generation. Just think of all of that history and culture dissapearing. I know that these days money can me a bit scarce, so I began wondering how it would be possible for us to expand our horizons through language study and not break the bank. The following list is the result of that pondering. Some of the links listed take you to entire language courses, while others only list useful phrases, but all of them should be free to use. So, choose a language and give it a try.

If you know of any other good, free internet resources for a particular language, especially one not listed here, please comment and tell me about it. I will continue to add to the list.
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Are you planning to travel abroad this summer, and need to learn some foreign language quickly? Or are you taking a second language lesson in school and want to improve more? Maybe you want to make friends with people who speak a different language?  Maybe you just want to learn Japanese because you are a super fan of Pokemon (like my son)?  Have you been looking for a self-paced online language system so you can learn the language in an easy way? Here, check out Alameda County Library’s new database addition–Mango Lanugages.

What language courses are available?

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Greek
  • Russian
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English for Polish Speakers
  • English for Spanish Speakers
  • English for Brazilian Portuguese Speakers

How do I access it?
As a member of the Alameda County Library, you can use Mango Languages FREE of charge.

  • Go to Alameda County Library’s websitehttp:www.aclibrary.org
  • Click on “Articles and Databases” under Research Guide.
  • Click on the “Language Learning” topic.
  • Click on “Mango Languages“.
  • Enter your library card number and you are in.
  • Create an individual account following the instructions.  This way you can keep track of what you’ve learned and know where to continue the next time.

Mango is very easy to use.  Sound quality is great.  Learning is flexible.  The contents are designed on real-life situations and actual conversation to help you learn how to communicate in an efficient way.  So check it out now!

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