- @ediaz33 thanks for the retweet! #
- Sea Level Rise May Sink Island Nations http://goo.gl/fb/GkIz (via @MarkClayson) #
- It is sunny in Michigan today. Quick, somebody take a picture! http://bit.ly/9NiE7m #
- Just finished presenting a kick a** webinar on @mangolanguages services. We took our first one and made it 100% better and more fun! #
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- RT @Jango_Mango: It’s okay to be a Mango Maniac! Join us and share your recipes! http://ow.ly/10BEj #
- Excited that @PierceCoLibrary is offering @MangoLanguages study courses. (via @ndslotnick)– we are
Happy too! #
- @sharlyn_lauby let us know if we can help. #
- @ndslotnick thanks for the shout out. in reply to ndslotnick #
- Durango Library offers access to Mango Languages database, an online language-learning system that teaches (cont) http://tl.gd/6s9d6 #
- COMING SOON Mango Languages databse a unique way to learn a foreign language–French-German-Italian & more– at own pace (via @KAC_at_TADL) #
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- Your best friend when you learn a new language – your own language http://post.ly/M43o (via @LingQ_Central)a #
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- New York Public Library’s Flickr photostream http://om.ly/eunB (via @GuyKawasaki) #
- Culture shock – US-born pandas go home to new language and diet http://bit.ly/am6q2K – BBC (via @TweetChina) #
- 50 ways to get your life in order http://om.ly/eupL (via @GuyKawasaki)–really like #26 Learn a language! #
- Video: The Buffalo Sentence. Fun Grammar test! Check it out on our blog! http://ow.ly/13Zij #
- Ocean County Library has Mango! Check out this article in the local newspaper http://ow.ly/143zN #
- Ancient Indian language dies out http://om.ly/ewoj (via @GuyKawasaki)–sad! #
- If You Know What Bilingual Mexican Workers Earn In Mexico – please let @larryferlazzo know http://bit.ly/ckt3WU (via @CindyKing) #
- Think You Know China? Eight Things Foreigners Get Wrong – #3 is very interesting. http://bit.ly/a6iCJo (via @CindyKing) #
- 10 Fascinating International Facts That Are Wrong http://goo.gl/fb/oOzs (via @MarkClayson) #
- @DaveMurr me neither! Lol in reply to DaveMurr #
- OUR VIEW: We must keep dying languages alive http://bit.ly/9U7hRr (via @Travel_Spanish) #
- Jobs: Spanish & Language Acquisition: Project Linguist, Mango Languages, Michigan, USA: http://bit.ly/bAImNL (via @linguistlistjob) #
- Learning a new language? Try Mango Languages online. Log on w/ CPL card. If you have a mic, try new voice comparison (via @ChampaignPubLib) #
- Can you help? @irishpolyglot wants to know why learning a new language can be like learning a musical instrument (via @pocketcultures) #
- Anyone know of an awesome grant writer? Any experience in the library market would be really appreciated! Send info my way! #
- @PeaceNicole thanks! in reply to PeaceNicole #
- Hey voice students: RT@ChampaignPubLib: Learning a new language? Try Mango Languages online. Log on with your CPL card. (via @mpalillinois) #
- Learn a new language without leaving the house: trying Mango Languages-would love your feedback: http://bit.ly/ceJ4Eh (via @EnglewoodPublic) #
- Improve pronunciation w/ voice comparison from Mango Languages. great way to make sure you say it right http://bit.ly/bGYZfS (via @kcls) #
- Woot! NY Times article: online language learning-Mango included http://ow.ly/14zLV #
- @JLCherry thanks! in reply to JLCherry #
- Mango Languages is in the New York Times! http://bit.ly/d7wOwx #
As the internet is evolving so are all the great things you and you can do on it. The Internet is no longer just a place where people go to find information. It is the place people go to learn, talk to friends, manage their schedules, and much much more. The web is becoming very interactive. The tools for creating web based software applications are becoming better and better everyday and the benefits to the user are enormous. From being able to access your applications anywhere to ease of collaboration with others.
The problem that is being addressed now is…how do you create good software for the web?
There are several challenges that people face and many web applications today are frankly not that good. So here is a list of things you may want to consider before creating a web application:
1. Never forget who you designed the software for. The user not your own ego. Make sure the software works the way the users wants it to work so they find it valuable. The advantage of the Internet is that it’s easy to collect good user feedback.
2. Simple and good interface design is as important if not more important for users as all of the great things the software can do. It’s nice to have bells and whistles, but if you need a 400 page manual to figure out how to do what you want to do…then what’s the point.
3. Make sure your team stays abreast of technological advancements. Every day there are new tools that help to make it easier to access your software and use it. Software is no longer built once and then sold for years. Constant, progressive improvement is the key to creating excellent web based software
4. Great web based software is not created by one person, it’s created by a team that carries multiple talents. The key is to get great designers, programmers, and specialists in the field you are creating the software in to work together in harmony to create something remarkable.
5. Have a passion and a belief in what you are creating. There are too many people today who are trying to make a quick buck on the Internet. It’s nice to make money, but you will never create something that is great and useful without people who really are passionate and believe in what is being created and put their heart and soul into doing it.
The Internet has recovered from the .com bubble, but still we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg of the potential of this new and revolutionary resource.
What do you think makes good web based software?
Many people want to learn a foreign language but think that they will never be able to due to 10 misconceptions.
1. People generally believe that only children can learn second languages quickly and easily. Current research indicates that children have no biological advantage in learning languages, most second language theory suggest we all have the Language Acquisition Portal in our Brains. Additionally, research says that adults understand vocabulary and learning techniques that can assist them in learning a second language.
2. Generally, people believe the younger the child, the more skilled he or she will be in acquiring a second language. Research has found that older children are better language learners in a school setting, but younger child may have an advantage in learning correct pronunciation.
3. Many people think that we all learn a second language in the same way. Different learning styles and cultural communication methods have an impact on language learning, just as they do on other types of learning.
4. We only need to speak English, everyone does. There are over 6,000 languages in the world. Some are more important than others, not better or more advanced, just more important. Why? Because they are spoken by more people, in more countries.
5. You took a language in High School – You don’t need to learn a language. According to one Canadian survey, after 12 years of daily French classes, only one high school graduate out of 147 (0.68%) achieved “intermediate” proficiency. Another survey of immigrants learning English in the US showed that “classroom instructional hours” had little impact on progress.
6. Language learning is difficult. It is only difficult to learn a language if you don’t want to. Learning a language takes time, but is not difficult. It is the way languages are usually taught that makes language learning hard to like.
7. You have to have a gift for learning languages. No you don’t. Anyone who wants to, can learn. In Sweden and Holland most people speak more than one language. They can’t just all be gifted at languages. Language learning it is attitude, not aptitude, that determines success.
8. You have to live where the language is spoken. Some immigrants to North America never learn to speak more than halting English. Yet we meet people in other countries who speak flawless English. With the Internet, language content is available to anyone with a computer, where you live is not an obstacle.
9. To learn a language you need formal classroom instruction. Theoretical grammatical explanations are hard to understand, hard to remember, and even harder to use. Drills and exercises can be annoying to most people, especially adult learnersa. Learning at your own pace and with a focus on your learning style in mind can help you learn a language easier.
10. You would love to learn but don’t have the time. Once you get started, even 10 or 15 minutes a day will soon grow to 30 minutes a day, or one hour. If you believe you will achieve significant results, and if you enjoy doing it, you will find the time.
What is holding you back from learning a foreign language?
We usually understand language as an accumulation of words.
The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax was based on words; languages are sometimes referred to as richer or more complex on the basis of the number of words they contain; we usually pinpoint the differences between languages as differences on the word level: What is “apple” in English is “Apfel” in German, but it is “pomme” In French!!
This understanding of language is justified because language is the means of expressing our thoughts and thoughts are represented by words: words for tangible things, like “apple”, and words for abstract notions, like “liberty”. However, if every time we wanted to say something, we just uttered the words in any order, then communication would fail.
Remember also the example with computers from yesterday’s post: if language was just words, then why would it be difficult to make a database like a dictionary and just provide the right word every time we need to construct a sentence? Children need to learn the words of their language of course, but is it only with words that they learn when to say certain words.
Which words do you think have multiple meanings or should be simplified?
We love our customers both LIbraries and their patrons. We especially love what libraries represent – information, knowledge and learning. Most of the staff here at Mango are avid and voracious readers of information and many of our desks were cluttered with books. We took inspiration from the library and decided to start our own company reference library so that we can access and share knowledge with our entire staff.
The Mango Reference Library (MRL) is a collection of business books that are relevant to our industry and the job functions at Mango Languages. The MRL is all about expanding our knowledge base and learning about new and interesting topics. Interested in learning about Web Analytics or social networking? We have a book for you. Wondering what TOEFL stands for and want to learn more about it? We have that for you as well. If you want to learn more about growing your career and hiring talented people? It’s all here!
There is currently a collection of roughly 40 books donated by Mangos (thank you Jason, Beverly and Ryan for letting us raid your office bookshelves). We would like to grow our collection to well over 100 books in the near future. And yes, we offer free language learning to our entire staff!
Thanks to Beverly (marketing) for coming up with this idea, Alan (human resources) for making it happen, Alana (operations) for finding the shelf, and both Leslie and Joe (interns) for constructing the library.