Author Archives: Harold Henkel

About Harold Henkel

Associate Librarian

Learn a foreign language this summer!

Do you know what foreign languages your friends at Regent are learning? Between June 2018 and May 2019, the Regent community studied more and 40 modern and ancient language courses using the Mango Languages software. 57% of all learning sessions were on mobile devices, with an average session length of 12 minutes, which indicates that a just few dedicated minutes per day is all that is required to make meaningful progress in a foreign language.

Here, by order of registered learners, are the twenty most popular Mango languages at Regent during the past year:

Rank Language Regent Registered Learners
1 French 253
2 German 163
3 Biblical Hebrew 116
4 Japanese 112
5 Spanish (Latin American) 99
6 Hebrew (Modern) 96
7 Korean 79
8 Portugese (Brazilian) 56
9 Russian 36
10 Greek (New Testament) 32
11 Arabic (Egyptian) 30
12 Arabic (Levantine) 23
13 Italian 21
14 Greek (Modern) 18
15 Chinese (Mandarin) 8
16 Irish 7
17 Latin 6
18  Swahili 6
19 Arabic (MSA) 3
20 Pashto 2

Mango offers an amazing array of language and cultural products available 24/7 to current Regent users and alumni, including 72 foreign languages, 17 ESL courses, and special cultural training courses, such as Arab etiquette, Chinese business customs, and the language of romance in Italy and France. For advanced learners, Mango even has full-length foreign films with subtitles and special learning tools.

Whether you are planning a mission trip to Japan, getting in touch with your Irish roots, or have always wanted to read the Bible in the original Hebrew and Greek, Mango Languages can help you achieve your goals. Language study is a crucial component for understanding another culture. While complete fluency in a language requires years of study, even basic proficiency will make you feel more at ease when abroad and impress your overseas contacts with your good manners in taking the time to learn some of their language. It will also make your time in a foreign country much more rewarding. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby, so helpless and so ridiculous.”

To begin your journey with Mango, click here.

Book Discussion: Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson

1sr edition, 1980. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of two sisters growing up in a small northwestern town painfully aware that “the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.” Ruth and Lucille’s struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

Marilyn Robinson is one of America’s great living authors. The Library Book Club will discuss Housekeeping on June 28 at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Collaborate Ultra.

The first chapter and an excerpt from the audiobook are available free on the Macmillan website. Explanatory materials and an audio lecture about the book are available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read website.

For more information about this event, Contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Important! Special entry & ID regulations in effect May 9-11

Special rules will be in effect for access to the Library during Commencement activities.

Beginning Thursday morning, entry to the Library will be through the rear door, and beginning Thursday at 7:00pm, only current students, staff, and faculty with a valid Regent ID card will be allowed to enter.

For complete information, see our Commencement Week Access webpage.

On-Campus & Online Library Help April 29-May 2

The last week of the spring semester is upon us, and the Librarians want to help you finish successfully. From Monday (April 29) through Thursday (May 2), the Library has scheduled multiple times when research librarians will be on hand to help you find the best books, articles, and media for your final papers and projects.

We are calling our on-campus sessions Study Haven and our online sessions Study Hangouts. Join us and get answers for your thorniest research and citation questions.