Library unlocks key to learning new languages

  • Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Unravel the mysteries of foreign languages by using MANGO Languages, a new tool that allows you to learn more than 40 languages. PHOTO PROVIDED

Kikker is Verliefd.

Kikker zit aan de kant van de rivier

Hij voelt zich vreemd alsof hij droomt

Wat is er toch met hem aan de hand?

In de wei komt hij Varkentje tegen

Hallo Kikker, zegt Varkentje. “Je ziet er slecht uit.

This may look like gibberish to you but I can assure you it is not too hard to learn the contents of this passage.

You have several options to decipher these words. One, you can ask me and I will translate. Since this is written in my mother tongue, Dutch, it should be easy. Two, you can borrow the translated version, in English, called “Frog in Love” by Max Velthuijs. Lastly, if you want to figure it out on your own, since you are adventurous and curious, the library offers another solution: MANGO Languages.

Besides learning a new language in the more traditional ways available at the library – books such as “Spanish for Dummies” by Susana Wald and Cecie Kraynak, “Teach Yourself Swahili” by Joan Russell, “Hebrew for Dummies” by Jill Suzanne Jacobs, or language programs on CD like the “Behind the Wheel” series by Mark Frobose – the library offers the above-mentioned online language learning service, MANGO.

This new tool allows you to learn more than 40 languages, including Dutch and English as a Second Language (for speakers of 16 different native languages). There’s no limit to the number of patrons who can access Mango at one time.

This service is available by going to our website, www.ccpl.org, going to Resources, then to Research Tools and selecting the Language Learning section or the All A-Z listing of databases. Users can use an email address to register with Mango, and the service will keep up with your progress.

Mango will come in handy while you prepare for the library’s celebration of “International Talk like a Pirate Day” on Sept. 19.

Library programs

Adults and Teens

Mount Pleasant Reel Club – A book/movie discussion group (adults)

Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m.

Read the book, come watch the movie with us, and then participate in a lively discussion.

Book: “Push” by Sapphire

Movie: “Precious” starring Mo’nique, Gabourey Sidibe and Sherri Shepherd (rated R, 109 minutes).

Savvy Social Security Seminar: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income (adults)

Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Join financial advisor John Williams for this free seminar to learn about strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits.

Monday Book Discussion (adults)

Monday, Sept. 9 from 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

“The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain

“A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway (optional)

Second Saturday Writing Critique Group (adults and teens ages 16+)

Saturday, Sept. 14 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Open to all writers. No registration necessary. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 849-6161 or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Growing Citrus in Containers (adults)

Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 2 - 3 p.m.

Children’s programs

PLAY: DIY Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)

Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1:30- 3 p.m.

Being crafty and creative is easier than you think with Ms. Grace’s help.

Talk like a Pirate Storytime (ages 3-5)

Thursday, Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Celebrate International Talk like a Pirate Day with pirate songs, stories and crafts.


Wee Reads (birth through 24 months with adult)

Thursday at 10 a.m., Sept. 19

Time for Twos (24 to 36 months with adult)

Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 17

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5 years)

Monday at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 16

Thursday at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 19

Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch (1133 Mathis Ferry Road.)

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