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Religious & Scholarly Languages

If you’ve been reading our blogs for a while, then you’ve probably seen entries raving about our Mango Language database.  The database is a wonderful way to learn a language at your own pace, online, anywhere in the world, provided you have a Falmouth Public Library card.  We have shown Mango to numerous patrons who are visiting a foreign country for a few weeks, studying a new language in depth, welcoming a new foreign speaker to the family fold or are recent immigrants here and want to learn English.  All of them are thrilled with the format, the fact that they don’t have to check it out and return it and, of course, the fact that it’s free!  Mango has over 40 foreign languages and over 15 English-as-a-second-language (ESL) classes.  Is Portuguese your first language, or Mandarin, then you can take an ESL class taught in your native language. 

Well, I’m blogging again because Mango has added even more languages to their already extensive list.  The new group is “religious and scholarly languages”, and includes:

Koine Greek
Ancient Greek
Biblical Hebrew

“These courses focus on passages from historical books, poems and religious documents, providing insight into the cultures in which the languages were spoken.”

Whether you are just curious or are a serious learner, you will find Mango easy and fun to use.  We’d love to help you get started.  Stop by the reference desk for a brief demonstration or login and give it a try on your own.  Make sure you access it through our library home page.  Start by clicking on “library databases” (Next to the blog link), then select “Mango Languages” from our long list of databases and create an account.  Here is link to give you a shortcut, and then you can bookmark it on your computer.  Mango Language Database

Happy Learning!

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