Mango Languages

 
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Inclusive instruction outshines other language programs.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Narrator comments include supportive messages such as, "Don't worry if the conversation seemed difficult; we'll lead you through it…."

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

Users can test out a section but must purchase a program for each language they'd like to learn.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The site doesn't have a message board or other way for kids to connect, and email addresses need to be submitted but aren't published in blog comments.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mango Languages is a website that offers more than 45 language courses and ESL instruction in 17 languages. Kids will need to register -- and pay -- to use the system. According to Mango Languages, the instruction can be used by both younger and older users. Users can choose to have a narrator lead each lesson, but the exercises work best when users also can follow along, making the product a better fit for kids with a fair amount of reading experience. Parents and children who register for Mango Passport, designed to help travelers learn grammar, pronunciation, and conversation skills, can download the desktop application and then use the system without an Internet connection.
 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • achieving goals
  • personal growth

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • speaking

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Mango Languages' system combines active, critical-thinking exercises with audio help that kids can personalize. A warm narrator addresses and encourages them directly.

Learning Approach

Interactive exercises through which kids can advance at their own pace provide instruction for more than 52 languages. Users learn practical conversational skills and extras, including cultural tips.

Support

A blog features occasional updates and site news, and the instruction also can be used on mobile devices, but there aren't too many other extras. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • achieving goals
  • personal growth

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • speaking

Kids can learn conversational terms and expressions in 52 languages, including Mandarin, French, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Yiddish, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, German, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Thai. Seventeen ESL courses also are available for users who speak Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, or Vietnamese. The system was designed for travelers, so it'll help get kids ready to chat. However, they'll have to look elsewhere for more intensive written grammar and sentence structure work.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

What's it about?

MANGO LANGUAGES is a website that offers more than 45 language courses and ESL instruction in 17 languages. Parents and children who purchase Mango Passport, the personal version designed to help travelers learn grammar, pronunciation, and conversation skills, download the desktop application and move through lessons at their own pace. A narrator introduces chapter goals and reads sentences aloud. Some portions let kids compare their pronunciation to a narrator's using their computer microphone; cultural tidbits also pop up throughout the program.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 
The system's impressive, interactive design was created to get users up to speed quickly with basic conversation skills, but its multifaceted approach to learning really provides a much more comprehensive look at language. Memory-building and critical-thinking exercises help with practical language use; a narrator introduces each chapter's goal and reads sentences aloud. Users click an arrow to move to the next slide at their own pace and can repeat slides if they're confused. The program also offers occasional cultural notes that provide greeting tips, religion-related lingo, and more. Kids also can test out their pronunciation on some slides by comparing it to a narrator's version using their computer microphone.
 
All that comprehensive instruction isn't free; three levels of Italian lessons, for example, cost $176. But the training is top-notch; thanks to a format that repeatedly reinforces key concepts, kids will get a practical, thorough look at the language they're trying to learn.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about learning a new language. Are there any advantages to being able to speak more than one language? How can your child practice and use new language skills?
  • Learning a second language can help kids better understand their primary language. Discuss grammar and other elements your child is familiar with. What similarities can your child identify in both the primary and secondary language?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Pricing is based on school size and usage requirements; schools can call a company representative to get a customized quote.
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old January 3, 2014
 

great for kids and adults

a easy way to learn different languages
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