Did you know that Mango Languages is available in English as a Second Language (ESL) versions for speakers of 15 foreign languages? Whether you want to practice your spoken English or offer an introductory course for a friend, Mango’s engaging, fun process will get users speaking from the first lesson and give them a great tool to practice and improve. The best part? It’s all available for free through our Library website and you can access it from home using your library card. You can find more ESL resources on our Language Learning InfoGuide.
If you’re a user of Google Maps, you’ll be familiar with the ‘street view’ feature, which allows you to see 360º street-level images. You may have even seen the Google cars driving around town taking pictures.
There is a section of Google Maps called the Street View Collection. This collection shows street-level tours of exotic and interesting locations all over the world. Currently these include Scott’s hut in the Antarctic, the Swiss Alps, the Amazon , and the Kennedy Space Center. If the collection is a building, then you are taken inside it. My favorite of the collections is the World Landmarks where you can visit the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and the Colosseum. Visit the Street View Collection and take a world tour from the comfort of home.
We’re really excited to announce that the Mango Languages app is now also available for Android as well as for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad! Use our fantastic language learning database on the go.
The free Mango Languages app offers access to 35 foreign language courses and 15 English as a second language courses.
- Full access to all EBRPL Mango courses
- Interactive phonetic spellings
- Semantic color mapping
- Articulated-speed and fluent-speed pronunciations
- Literal translations and understood meanings
- Grammar notes
- Cultural notes
- Strategic memory building exercises
- Critical thinking exercises
To get started, head over to our Mango Languages database. After entering your library card number, create a Mango account (email address and password), then use that email address and password to log in to the app. For more information about Mango Languages and other language resources available at the library, please visit our Language Learning InfoGuide
Travel writing is some of the most interesting non-fiction in this blogger’s opinion. These tales of remarkable journeys, experiences abroad and getting to grips with the food, customs and the cultures of other countries is fascinating.
Take a look at this selection and take a trip from the comfort of home vicariously through these writers!
The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton
Driving Home: An American Journey by Johnathan Raban
Full Circle: One Man’s Journey by Air, Train, Boat and Occasionally Very Sore Feet Around the 50,000 Miles of the Pacific Rim by Michael Palin
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
The Great American Attraction: Two Brits Discover the Rollicking World of American Festivals by Rich Smith
To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism by Chuck Thompson
Long Way Down: An Epic Journey by Motorcycle from Scotland to South Africa by Ewan McGregor
The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett
Naked in Dangerous Places: The Chronicles of a Hungry, Scared, Lost, Homesick, But Otherwise Perfectly Happy Traveler by Cash Peters
Now is the perfect time to think about out this year’s vacation plans with our great selection of travel guides. We have plenty of new 2012 travel guides to help you find places to stay and things to do. Whether you’re considering a road trip, heading across the country or further afield, we are sure to have the guide for you. To see more guides visit our Travel InfoGuide.
Egypt (Lonely Planet)
France 2012 (Fodor)
Ireland 2012 (Fodor)
Mexico (Eyewitness Travel)
New York 2012 (Frommer)
Northwest (Forbes Travel Guide)
Rick Steve’s Best of Europe 2012 (Avalon Travel)
South America (Fodor)
Rough Guide to South Africa (Rouge Guide)
Vienna, Prague and Budapest (Cadogan)
Walt Disney World & Orlando 2012 (Frommer)
This resource from the Louisiana Department of Tourism highlights some of the best trails and road routes for cyclists around Louisiana. You can find trails by region, difficulty level and by terrain type.
Other features include listings of bicycle organizations around the state, safety advice, rules of the road and upcoming cycling events.
So whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride or a serious challenge you’ll find it here. Have fun, enjoy the exercise and beautiful scenery, and ride safe!
Looking to take a ride around Baton Rouge? Take a look at the city’s bikeability map tool BikeBR
This award-winning interactive site looks at the lives of people around the world, all living in high-rise residential buildings. Whereas the buildings they live in all look the same, the people inside have fascinating and varied stories to tell.
On Out My Window you can hear stories from highrise residents from Chicago and Toronto to as far afield as Havana, Johannesburg and Beirut.
The interactive features allow you to move around each person’s apartment 360° and click on items to hear stories. It is a visually stunning and moving site.
We’re really excited to announce that the Mango Languages app is now available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad! This fantastic language learning database is now available on the go.
The free Mango Languages app offers access to more than 34 foreign language courses and 14 English as a second language courses.
Mango’s Intuitive Language Construction™ mimics the natural process in which people learn, through practical conversation presented by native speakers. The fun and engaging interactive lessons incorporate the four conversational components that are critical to effectively communicate in a foreign language – vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture – as well as cultural and grammar insights.
To get started, head over to our Mango Languages database. After entering your library card number, create a Mango account (email address and password), then use that email address and password to log in to the app.
Summer is here and whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, a road trip, or planning a visit further afield, we have the travel guides you need!
At the library we have the latest travel guides, DVDs, online videos and eBooks to help you find the best attractions, hotels, places to eat, and other tips for your vacation. To see what we have on your destination of choice, take a look at the library catalog, visit our Travel InfoGuide for a selection, or call us at 231-3750 and we’ll find what you need.
If you’re heading abroad and you’d like to learn enough of the local lingo to get around, well of course we have an InfoGuide for that! Language Learning InfoGuide.