Monday, July 24, 2017

Learn a new language for free at the library

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – How many ways can you say hello? With the James V. Brown Library’s free language learning platform, Mango Languages, you can learn to say hello in 71 different languages.

Mango Language lessons combine real-life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. You’ll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation; you’ll learn how to communicate.

Language courses include Spanish, ESL for Spanish speakers, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and many others. American Sign Language is available, along with specialty courses on Arab Etiquette, Endangered Languages, talking like a Pirate, Russian Slang, Shakespearean English, and French Wine and Cheese.

Mango also provides a Premier movie program to teach language through feature films. Mango Premier has 20 films in seven languages that have been selected for entertainment and learning value. Movies also can be viewed in “Engage Mode” to learn each scene’s dialogue, part-by-part.

“The library had nearly 1,000 Mango Languages sessions in the past year, and our most popular languages are Spanish, Italian, French and ESL for Spanish speakers,” said Dana Brigandi, development and marketing manager at the Brown Library.

You can access Mango Languages at

The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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