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Reader Tip: Free access to an online foreign language program from the library

Want to learn a foreign language? Michele from Saving Money In Real Life emailed in this tip:

I recently learned that my public library has an online foreign language program that I can access for free. There are dozens of foreign languages available that I can learn!

Many public libraries across the country have the same free program. It’s called Mango Languages. If you check their website, you can find out if your local library participates. You can find out if your library participates here.

I thought your readers might enjoy this program especially those who homeschool. My son and I just discovered it last week, and we’ve been having a lot of fun with it! -Michele from Saving Money In Real Life

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  • Joann says:

    Yay! My library has it! Thanks a bunch!

  • Jen says:

    My library has it too! Thank you!

  • Rebecca says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a deal!!! :):)
    I just checked and my library participates! My daughter was born in Vietnam and my son in Korea, and this program offers both languages!
    I had looked into Rosetta Stone, but it’s a little pricey so I am THRILLED to learn about this.
    Thank you SO, SO, SO much 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    That is a really neat program! My library here in Greenville, SC has it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Michele says:

    Sadly, my library does not have this. But it is a great suggestion – thank you!

  • Judith says:

    The direct link to finding if your library has it seems to be here:

  • Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much!!! We were just talking about purchasing a program for my husband. Now I hope we don’t have to!! Wahoo!

  • Megan says:

    My husband and I used Mango before our trip to El Salvador. It was very helpful and we met other travelers who had gone through the Mango programming, too. I love libraries!

  • Connie says:

    Thanks! My library has it and we have been talking about investing in a program. I much prefer free at the library. y

  • Michele says:

    I’m glad that some of you found this tip useful! We just moved and saw the flyers at the library. When I looked it up, I found out that our old library had Mango, too, and I didn’t even know it. It’s a neat program!

  • Vanessa Burke says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish.. and my library has it.. so why not make that dream a reality! Thanks for the tip.

  • Nancy says:

    Our local library has Auralog foreign language learning for free. I can also access several online encyclopedias.

  • Shelly says:

    I am glad I saw this tip. I will have to go and check our library to see if they have this program.Maybe this is something we can use next year in our homeschool. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • Looks like my library has this! Thanks so much for the tip. Our homeschooling budget it tighter this year than it has been in past years and this looks like it would work as my sons language credit for this year.

  • Jenny Panella says:

    I am a French teacher, and one of my students told me about Mango last year. I have explored it quite a bit and it really is wonderful. They make it incredibly easy to learn and practice at home – even the verbal aspects, which can be difficult to practice. And they have many, many languages other than the standard French and Spanish. If only my local library was a part of the program (it’s not) !

  • Bree says:

    This is beyond fantastic! My library participates, yay!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Lori Ewart says:

    As a former children’s librarian, I highly recommend Mango. It is user friendly and helps you track your progress. You can see the words as well as hear them and can go back and relisten, if necessary. It is an awesome resource from your local library. Use the resource or your library probably will not continue to carry it!

  • Laura says:

    My library has it too! This is something I’ll look into for the summer.

  • How awesome! I was looking into Rosetta Stone, too. Way too expensive! Thanks for the tip 🙂

  • Maria says:

    I just want to say thank you, too! I’d planned on buying Rosetta Stone in August and if this works it will save us a lot of money!!

  • katy says:

    They also have a free iPhone app. I’m a librarian and it was advertised in an industry publication. BBC also has great free lessons that are good for adults

  • jk says:

    This is great. I homeschool and my girls and I are planning on learning Spanish this summer together.

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