Hello. My name is Robin and I’m a Reference
Librarian with the Denver Public Library. I’m going to show you how Denver Public
Library customers can access the Mango Languages database to gain conversational
proficiency for many of the world’s most popular languages.
Additionally, Mango offers an English as a Second Language course in over 15 foreign
languages. Mango Languages is completely self-paced.
Upon completion of a Mango course you will be conversational in topics like:
expressing gratitude, greeting people and saying goodbye,
asking for directions, and negotiating basic transactions at stores.
To access the database, start at the library’s home page:
denverlibrary.org Click on the Research tab.
From there you can click on the Learn a Language link.
You can also When searching from home,
you’ll be prompted to log into the system using your library card number
and your password which we default to the four-digit year of your birth.
You will have the option to start learning right away as an anonymous user.
But by creating a profile, you can track your progress and time spent
learning each language. To create a profile, enter your email address
and a password, being careful to note it for future reference.
You will receive an activation e-mail with an activation link.
This link is to be used only once to activate your account.
Every subsequent log in should be through the link on the library’s website.
If you’ve logged in, you will be directed to your personal dashboard
that records recently studied courses. Click on the Languages tab to explore the
course offerings. I’m going to launch the Spanish language
course. Languages may have up to three levels of instruction:
The Basic course covers simple conversational skills.
The Complete 2.0 features comprehensive language and grammar skills.
Complete 1.0 is for students who want to move beyond basic language skills.
Browse the course menu to select a chapter. Each unit starts with a quick overview to
explain what you will learn conversationally and grammatically.
Use the arrows at right and left to navigate through the lesson,
or scroll bar at the bottom to navigate to a particular slide.
You may mouse over words to see a phonetic spelling,
or click on it to hear pronunciation of each word at a slower speed.
To hear whole sentence spoken at conversational speed, click the fluency button.
Perfect your pronunciation with the voice comparison tool.
If your computer has a microphone, it can record your voice to compare to the
examples provided. Learning languages can be fun, culturally
engaging, and can increase your professional skill set.
In addition to the Mango Languages database, the Library maintains an extensive collection
of language acquisition materials in print and in audio format.
Search the Library catalog for the materials you need,
or contact us in the Reference Services department for additional assistance.