Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mango: Free Foreign Language Tutorial

Traveling overseas? Need to communicate better with foreign language-speaking colleagues? Mango’s got you covered. This Web-based classroom offers lessons in 11 different languages, including Chinese, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. In each lesson you’re taught specific phrases, which you can have read aloud by clicking individual words or a speaker icon. The courses are easy to follow thanks to colorful pop-up balloons that show you where to click and what to do. Though still in beta, Mango is a polished, very worthwhile service that can definitely help you pick up some conversational language skills. And, like all the best Web apps these days, it’s free.