Library now offers online language learning

Published 1:31 pm Monday, November 18, 2013

The Greenville-Butler County Public Library announced Friday that it now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system to its patrons.

Library Director Kevin Pearcey made the announcement.

“We are thrilled to add our library to the growing list of libraries across the country who have added Mango to their resources,” said Pearcey. “Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel reasons. Others just want to because they think it would be interesting. No matter the reason, learning the language should be fun. With Mango, it definitely is.”

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Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs, said Pearcey.

Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.

Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture.

The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language.

There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Pearcey said the GBCPL Board of Trustees has made a commitment to enhance the technology and software offered to the people of Butler County.

“The board is thinking about the future when it comes to technology,” he said. “Having databases and services like Mango really moves the library outside the walls of our main facility and puts it into the homes of the public.”

And on your mobile phone. Pearcey said a mobile application for Mango is available for the iPhone and iPad, Android smart phones and tablets.

You can access Mango via the Online Resources tab through All that is required is to create an account using your email address.

For more information, contact the Greenville-Butler County Public Library at (334) 382-3216.