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Foreign Language Study at Regent

Do you know what foreign language your friends at Regent are learning? Between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2015, the Regent community studied 37 foreign languages and 15 cultural training courses using the Library’s Mango Languages software. The total number of learning sessions was 472, and the total time spent using the software was 88 hours. 27% of all learning sessions were on mobile devices, and the average session length was 11 minutes, which shows that a few dedicated minutes per day is all that is required to make meaningful progress in a foreign language.

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

Rank Language Learning Sessions
1 Modern Greek 82
2 Spanish (Latin American) 76
3 French 50
4 Biblical Hebrew 18
5 German 17
6 Korean 16
7 Italian 16*
8 Russian 16*
9 Chinese (Mandarin) 12
10 Czech 11
11 Japanese 9
12 Modern Hebrew 9*
13 Pirate (Arr, Mate!) 9*
14 Vietnamese 7
15 Thai 6
16 Scottish Gaelic 5
17 Spanish (Castilian) 5*
18 Farsi (Persian)  5*
19 Dutch 4
20 Icelandic 4*
*In cases of equal number of learning sessions, rank is determined by total minutes.

Mango offers an amazing array of language and cultural products available 24/7 to current Regent users and alumni, including 66 foreign languages, 17 ESL courses, and special cultural training courses, such as Arab etiquette, Chinese feng shui, and the language of romance in Spanish and French-speaking countries. For advanced learners, Mango even has full-length foreign films with subtitles and special tools for language learners.

Whether you are planning a mission trip to Indonesia, getting in touch with your Norwegian 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.

Watch foreign films online to improve your language skills

Learn to empathize in French by watching 36 vues du pic Saint-Loup.

Learn to empathize in French by watching 36 vues du pic Saint-Loup.

Say hello to the Library’s newest language-learning resource: Mango Premiere™.  The newest addition to the popular Mango Languages database, Mango Premiere is the first and only language-learning resource to teach through film.

Turning the entertainment experience into a learning experience, Mango Premiere exposes students to four key areas of language learning – vocabulary, phrases, culture and grammar – all while enjoying the fun and excitement of a movie.

Users are able to customize their learning experience by choosing how they want to watch a film.  In “Movie Mode”, you can watch the entire movie with your choice of subtitles (English subtitles, subtitles in the language you’re learning, or both).  Or you can select “Engage Mode” to learn each scene’s dialogue, part-by-part.

Along the way, you’ll see all the same features that Mango users have come to know and love: semantic color mapping, phonetic pop-ups, quizzes, Grammar Notes, Culture Notes, and more.

Click here to get started or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu with questions about using Mango.

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
Study a foreign language on the go with Mango Mobile.
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.

Mango Languages now available to Regent alumni

Some Hindi to go with your mango lassi?
One of the Library’s most popular online resources is Mango Languages. During 2012, Regent students, staff, and faculty logged a total of 988 learning sessions with Mango’s 49 foreign language and 15 ESL courses.

Now the Library’s Mango subscription is available to alumni! If you are a graduate of Regent University, you have access to this terrific resource. So whether you need some conversational Swahili for a trip to East Africa or simply want to hear what the Bible sounds like in Hebrew or Greek, Mango has a course for you.

To begin using Mango or any of our other alumni databases, see our Services for Alumni page and complete the Alumni Registration Form.

Learn ancient languages online with Mango!

Amphora, ca. 490 BC
Mango Languages keeps getting better and better. The Library’s provider of online foreign language courses has added four ancient languages to their offerings:

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Ancient (Homeric & Classical) Greek
  • Koine (New Testament Greek)
  • Latin

Like Mango’s modern languages, the ancient courses use the same user-friendly methodology of listening and repetition and include helpful cultural notes throughout the instruction. According to Mango’s description, the courses “focus on passages from historical books, poems and religious documents, providing insight into the cultures in which the languages were spoken.”

Genesis 1: 13th-century Illuminated Hebrew Manuscript
Interested yet? Here are the passages you will study in the first lesson of each course:

  • Biblical Hebrew: Genesis 1:1-5
  • Ancient Greek: Iliad 1:1-5
  • Koine Greek: John 1:1-5
  • Latin: Opening of Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War

One of the pleasures of exploring Mango’s ancient language series is hearing these great works read well by qualified scholars. So even if you absolutely can’t fit an ancient language into your schedule (hopefully because you are already learning a modern language through Mango!), take a few moments to enjoy the sound of the Bible, Homer, and Caesar in the original languages.

To try one of Mango’s four ancient or forty-one modern foreign languages, click here. After you log in, you will have the option of setting up a free account to keep track of your progress.

Image credits:
Amphora: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/56.171.38
Manuscript: http://exhibitions.nypl.org/treasures/items/show/50