I can’t help myself. I have such an intense curiosity about language learning and the tools people use to do it. So, here I am, squirreling away another nut. I am enthusiastic about Mango, which is FREE for me.
Mango is a system for learning language.
I used a color mapping editor for decades as a programmer. If one doesn’t already exist, I might just have to write a Korean semantic color mapping editor for myself.
The Mango software is based on “Intuitive Language Construction”. Basically, that means they simulate practical conversations and show you the blocks that go together to make sentences, so you can make your own sentences in conversations. Grammar lessons are tucked in a bit at a time, so you don’t really notice that they are teaching you grammar.
The interface that looks like flashcards is slick, colorful, and enjoyable. Audio is done by native speakers, both at normal speed and slowed down so beginners can understand.
I breezed through the first lesson, which covered “hi”, “today the weather is good”, and “food is good”. Already in lesson one, it has shown you about honorifics, conjugating adjectives, and ~죠 (is that 지 + 요?), and the different word order in Korean.
The power of their system comes when they prompt you to think about how to use the blocks they’ve given you to form new sentences. It is not just memorizing a series of vocabulary. You learn how to make the sentence (today) (something) (is good)? You can see how (today) could be replaced with yesterday, tomorrow, next month. You are shown weather or food are good, but can imagine other things are good too. Soon as you have more vocabulary, you’ll be able to walk out in the world asking and telling the world about good things.
Another great feature is being able to not only hear audio of a native speaker but also record your own voice and compare how close you got to pronouncing it right. From lesson 1, they have you speaking in a conversation.
If a public library in your area has Mango, you may be able to use Mango for free on your PC or mobile device. For example, the Boston Public Library allows any Massachusetts resident to get an e-card to access electronic resources. It is the same for NY residents and the NY Public Library.
If not, you can purchase Mango to download to your PC as a stand-alone application and also get the mobile app for $79.
So how much does Mango cover in the course?
Mango is intended to deliver conversational proficiency. Upon completion of a Mango course you will be conversational in the following topics:
- Express Gratitude
- Greet People
- Make Small Talk with Strangers
- Say Goodbye
- Ask/Tell if Someone Speaks a Language
- Ask/Tell Where Someone is From
- Get Someone’s Attention
- Ask Someone’s Name
- Introduce Yourself
- Ask for Directions
- Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
- Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
- Count Up To 99
- Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
- Gain the Insight into the Food Culture
- Order Drinks And Meals
- Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants
- Deal with Large Numbers
- Handle Currency with Ease
- Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare
- Accept/Decline Help
- Ask/Tell What Trouble One Is In
- Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services
- Ask/Answer What a Word or Phrase Means
- Communicate One’s Ability to Understand Something
- Express Gratitude
- Request to Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up
- Ask/Tell What Something Is
- Give/Respond to a Compliment
- Request/Agree to Speak in Particular Language
Mango Premiere lets you learn language by watching films. This is “Kung Fu Dunk”.