Ramadan is behind us, Eid has been fun, and we were heading toward the new school year. While it isn’t until September that I feel that crispness in the air, and it just feels like a new school year, August has become a time of planning and putting together the last pieces of the homeschool year puzzle. Totschool I’m starting to notice more as the month goes on that I need to find stuff for Amatullah to [Read more...]
The following is my honest review of Mango Languages. I received the product for free and was compensated for my time in putting together the review. All opinions are my own.
As the we enter a more and more connected world, learning foreign languages is incredibly important! Not only in the business world, but also as more families and friends are separated by oceans, not just state borders. There are lots of foreign language resources available, and our family has tried quite a few of them, but none that I have been as impressed with as Mango Languages.
My personal aim is to learn Arabic for the purpose of taking higher level Islamic classes one day, in sha Allah. I’ve noticed even in local universities, to take the Masters and PhD level classes, you have to know Arabic. Kira, on the other hand, wants to learn enough Chinese that she can go to China with a foreign exchange program. Both of us are looking for everyday conversation to get us to our goals.
More than just language learning
Not only are we learning a new language, but Mango Languages also teaches tidbits about the culture where the language is commonly spoken. Between various lessons, you’ll learn about how people use the language, common phrases, and other gems you should know if you’re visiting a country where the language is largely spoken. Grammar is also integrated into the program, so you don’t just know the gist of what you’re saying, but you know how it would actually be translated, making it easier to come up with your own phrases and questions as you become more proficient. As a homeschool mom, I feel I need to incorporate these elements into my child’s language lessons in order to give them a high school credit. Just learning phrases to get around town isn’t enough.
Step by step pronunciation
In every other service I’ve used to try to learn languages online, it is on a phrase by phrase basis. I loved that with Mango Languages, you learn the phrase, but then focus on each word, and within the lesson you cycle back to each word to really drill it in.
With a foreign language, you need a lot of repetition for each phrase to stick, especially if you’re like me and consistency is a problem. How are you supposed to remember a new phrase if you just practice it once a week? Repetition is the answer!
Isn’t that home screen easy? You have your one language (or more), and some fun conversation pieces you can learn, if you’re interested. I loved that as soon as I had an active account, I could start using Mango Languages. It’s so easy to use and intuitive, you don’t need a tour or how-to video to navigate your way through. Just choose your language(s), click on it, and get started! The system remembers where you left off, so you can start where you finished last time with ease. It’s rare that I can finish an entire lesson in one sitting, so it makes it easy to just keep moving forward since I don’t have to start from the beginning of a lesson when I log back in.
Learn multiple foreign languages
Kira wants to learn Chinese, and I’d love if she learned Arabic so she could understand what she’s memorizing in her Qur’an class. With Mango Languages, I don’t have to pick one or the other. Heck, she could learn Pirate, too (under Specialty Courses)!
Free trial and giveaway!
I know that if you give Mango Languages a try via their free trial, you’ll fall in love. Whether you use their website or the mobile app, you have a new foreign language at your fingertips.
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