Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Give Your Brain a Boost
In a recent article in The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell quotes James Flynn, a renowned scientist, as saying "The mind is much more like a muscle than we've ever realized… It needs to get cognitive exercise". Learning a foreign language is one way to flex those brain muscles. Now you can take your brain to the gym with help from the Massillon Public Library. We have a fun, fast and easy language learning program called Mango Languages. The best part is that it's free for Massillon Public Library patrons and you can access it anywhere there is internet with your library card.

Mango is an easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Mango is available in two versions:

Mango Basic:
Perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time. The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 34 foreign languages and 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Mango Complete:
Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in 31 foreign language and 14 ESL courses. Foreign language courses include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. ESL courses include Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.

To learn more about Mango you can visit us at http://www.massillonlibrary.org/mango and get started on boosting your brain!

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