Foreign language study at Regent

Do you know what foreign language your friend or colleague is speaking? During 2012, the Regent community studied 49 foreign languages using the Library’s Mango Languages software. The total number of learning sessions was 988, including 221 sessions on mobile devices.

Here, by order of learning sessions, are the twenty most popular Mango learning courses of 2012:

Rank Language Number of learning sessions
1 Spanish 188
2 French 167
3 German 82
4 Italian 76
5 Russian 68
6 Chinese (Mandarin) 58
7 Arabic (Levantine) 32
8 Finnish 27
9 Hindi 24
10 Hebrew (Biblical) 20
11 Japanese 19
11 Korean 19
12 Irish 15
13 Farsi 12
14 Polish 11
14 Greek (Classical) 11
14 Tagalog 11
15 Hebrew (Modern) 10
16 Chinese (Cantonese) 8
17 Dutch 7

Whether you are planning a trip to China, 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.