As we patiently await a time where we can all connect with each other again in person, many of us are seeking ways of connection that can be done from within the walls of our homes, or even the comfort of our beds. We engage with our digital devices to reach out to friends, keep up with news, or simply distract our minds for a while. One way SPL offers a way to connect from home, even allowing you to stay cozy in bed for a bit, is with a longer term goal in mind: language learning. Why not use this time to learn a new language, or continue your education with one you’re already familiar with? That way, when we all make our way back into the world, there’s an opportunity for connection that maybe you didn’t have before.Mango Languages is an online language learning platform that Seattle Public Library offers free to all its patrons. It’s available from your web browser, or can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play – you just have to access it through SPL’s Online Learning page first.
There are over 70 languages to learn from, including dialects for different regions (seems best to know Castilian Spanish vs Latin American Spanish if you’re planning to travel to Spain, right?), and it adapts to your learning style and pace, because we don’t all learn in the same way, and that’s important if we want all this great information to stick. Continue reading “Connect with Mango Languages”
Learning another language can either be a daunting task or a fun hobby- depending on how you look at it. Most people tend to put it into the ‘daunting task’ category but there are a few who find it to be a fun pastime. To get myself in the mindset of learning another language I decided to see if there were any TED Talks on the subject. I was not disappointed. Continue reading “Strategies and Techniques for Language Learning”
Today’s job market is very competitive and being able to speak another language might just give you an added edge. If your end goal is to be fluent or nearly fluent in a language so that you can put it on your resume then I suggest you start your language learning journey with the resources covered in our first language learning post. These resources will give you a good basis for building your language knowledge. Once you have some knowledge of the language you can use the specific resources listed below to make your language knowledge relevant to your career. Continue reading “Language Learning for Business”
Learning another language is not just for adults who want to travel. When children learn another language they improve their vocabulary and cognitive ability, so it is no wonder many parents are now starting their kids off young. Even just learning a few words can be useful. There are many fun and easy ways to introduce a child to a different language. Here are a variety of resources for tiny tots to preteens. Continue reading “Language Learning Resources for Children”
Have you decided what language you want to learn? If you missed our first post on language learning and want advice on how to decide which language to learn then click here. If you already know which language you want to learn then let’s jump right in.
The majority of language learners are doing it for fun or personal enrichment. Whatever your reason the following resources can help, but we will also have posts focusing specifically on language learning for kids and language learning for business or career advancement so keep an eye out for those as well. Continue reading “A Plethora of Language Learning Resources”