Joyner Library is pleased to announce its acquisition of the Mango Languages online language-learning database. Freely accessible to all ECU students and personnel, Mango Languages offers a fast and convenient solution for meeting many of the ECU community’s language-learning needs. Simply visit the database homepage via https://lib.ecu.edu/databases/view/500 and create a Mango Languages profile to access this unique resource.
Each lesson in the database combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The database draws on an audio-visual framework to integrate components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture in order to enable users to learn actual conversation and break down complex linguistic elements.
Mango Languages currently offers over 60 foreign languages courses, 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, and specialty language courses such as Latin, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and—a fun bonus for ECU fans!—Pirate. Additionally, for some of the languages, the database includes access to feature films that enables users to further enhance their learning by watching foreign films supplemented by interactive content.
Joyner Library’s acquisition of Mango Languages comes as a result of repeated requests from the ECU community for an online language learning database. During the fall of 2013, Joyner Library provided a one month period of university-wide trial access to Mango Languages. Feedback from the period of trial access was very positive and funds became available in the summer of 2014 for Joyner Library to move forward with the acquisition.