Santa Clarans can learn languages online

I just caught this on the City of Santa Clara press release feed:

If you want to learn Spanish, French, Mandarin, Japanese, or Russian, and you live in Santa Clara, go and get yourself a library card right away. With your Santa Clara City Library card you can now access Mango Languages, an online language learning site that focuses on teaching conversational language skills.

Visit the Santa Clara City Library Electronic Resources page for a link to Mango Languages library access.

4 Comments so far

  1. Mara Kate (unregistered) on February 4th, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    On par with Mango Languages is Babbel.com. You can learn Spanish, French, Italian or German.


  2. Matt Bruensteiner (thephoton) on February 4th, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Hi Mara, Babbel should be more up-front about costs. I tried to find the costs and had to go 2/3 of the way through the FAQ to get to it. That made me mistrust the service. But actually, Babbel is much less expensive than a paid subscription to Mango.

    I have used Chinesepod and Rosetta Stone (offline) myself, and I do think that language instruction is a great opportunity for a worthwhile internet service. But just having it online doesn’t make it take any less time and effort to learn something as difficult as a new language.


  3. Mary (unregistered) on February 9th, 2010 @ 3:15 am

    I would rather advise you to learn languages through busuu.com(http://www.busuu.com). I think the learning language material of busuu is more complete, with a lot of free exercises and an interesting Premium service (grammar support, downloads of podcast and pdf, customized review…).


  4. Erik Ostrom (unregistered) on February 16th, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    Even better, you don’t actually have to live in Santa Clara to get a library card. We use the Santa Clara library and we live in San Jose.



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