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Mango for Libraries now offers language learning through films


Nov. 13, 2013 – Mango now offers an option for learning languages through watching films with subtitles and other features. There are currently four films available (one for Chinese, one for Japanese, and two for English for Spanish speakers) and more will be added in the coming months.

Once you select a film, you'll see a plot summary, rating, and other information about the movie. You'll then be able to choose between Movie Mode and Engage Mode.

In Movie Mode, you can watch the entire film from beginning to end with your choice of subtitles (English subtitles, subtitles in the language you're studying, or both). You can also switch on Mango's optional color mapping feature to easily visualize translations between the source and target language.

Anywhere you pause within the film, you'll be able to learn from Mango's interactive subtitles. Just click on a word to hear its individual audio or hover for a phonetic pop-up.

If you're looking for a more in-depth learning experience, we suggest you watch the film in "Engage Mode." In Engage Mode, Mango breaks the movie down part-by-part to turn the viewing experience into a learning experience. There are five steps to the learning process in Engage Mode:

Step one: Scene preparation

Introduction slides

These slides provide you with a high-level overview of what's going on in the scene. All notes are provided in English, as well as in the target language, with color mapping to indicate the translations and introduce you to sentence structure, word order and grammar.

Words you may encounter

Here, Mango provides you with list of vocabulary words that you'll encounter in the scene. You can click on each word for its audio and hover to see the translation and phonetic pronunciation.

Cultural notes

Finally, you can see a list of all the Culture Notes related to the scene. These notes provide you with cultural insights to the country where the film takes place, ensuring that you get a complete, well-rounded learning experience.

Step two: Watch scene

Now that you're prepared to watch the scene, you're going to watch it once all the way through without interruptions. Let's review a few features…

Step three: Scene follow-up

In this step, Mango breaks the scene's dialogue into individual sequences so you can learn it part-by-part. If you're familiar with Mango's other products, you'll see all the same features you know and love: Quizzes, Critical Thinking Slides, Grammar Notes and Culture Notes. Each scene has a good amount of dialogue, so there's a lot of content for you to explore. But again, you can customize your experience and choose which sequences you want to learn. For example, if you understood one part of the scene's dialogue, but struggled with another, you can simply dive into sequences that you want to review. It's completely up to you.

Step four: Scene replay

In the next step, Mango Premiere will prompt you to watch the scene again. The purpose of this step is to review everything you've learned so far. Perhaps the second time around you might try watching the scene without English subtitles to give yourself a bit of challenge. But again, it's up to you.

Step five: Scene completion

Congrats, you've completed the scene! Mango Premiere now gives you the option to either watch the scene again or continue on. You can also share your progress to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Mango for Libraries

Mango offers online, self-paced, conversational, language-learning courses, including over 60 foreign languages for English speakers (including ancient languages), plus 16 courses of English as a second language. You can also watch films with subtitles and other features. Create a profile on the site to begin; use that profile to access Mango through iOS and Android apps. A microphone is strongly suggested for some exercises.

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