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Mango Languages is an instructional database that can be used both inside the library and from home. Forty-four languages are available, with twenty-nine offered as Mango Passport, a conversational format especially for travelers.
Mango, which has received several awards for its user friendliness and has been adopted by numerous government agencies and educational institutions both here and abroad, has audio and colorful visual elements to guide users through lessons. Users can move at their own pace, jumping ahead to future lessons if they are ready for them.
Once you create a profile on the database, the service will track your progress as you learn. To try it out, click on the "Learn a Language" link to the left or follow this link. You will need a valid library card number to get started.