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Monday Madness- Win a Mango Passport Language Learning Program of the Language of Your Choice!

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to entry number 126, Marc, who won the Mango Passport Language Program!

One of the things that makes me a bit anxious when I think about foreign travel is the language barrier.   I hate the idea of wandering around a place I have never visited, unable to speak the native tongue.  We English speakers are lucky that much of the world speaks our language, but wouldn’t it be nice to speak theirs?

After taking 6 years of Spanish in school, I feel fairly confident in my ability to read the language, but still don’t feel like I can carry on a conversation with a native speaker.  And what good is knowing a language if I can’t speak it?  For years, I have considered buying a computer based Spanish course to brush up my skills but never could find the time or commitment to do it.  Luckily, one day last December the people at Mango Languages contacted me and invited to me to try out their newest language learning program, Mango Passport.

Mango Passport teaches conversational language skills through its easy to use software. 17 languages are available, from Spanish to Hebrew.  How easy is the program to use? Trekaroo asked McFam, one of our members, to have her kids give it a test run. Here is a excerpt from her full review:

“My son, age 10, was the original tester of this program.  As he sat down to listen to the voices teaching him to say “Hola” and “Como esta usted,” his younger brother, age 8 was fascinated and joined him on his lesson.  They were both hooked from the first day.  I heard them from the kitchen repeating their words back to the computer, although there is no voice recognition included with the software – just their mother could hear if they are saying it correctly.  They liked the ease of flipping through the pages of the lesson and going from word to word and then combining them into phrases.  In just a short amount of time, they were able to say things that they could use in conversation if they were traveling.”

You can read McFam’s entire review of the Mango Passport software, including its pros and cons, here.


I had a similar experience testing things out as an adult.  I loved how each lesson built upon the previous lesson, while pausing for review when necessary. I also appreciated being able to learn at my own pace.  I breezed through some lessons that came naturally to me and slowed to review phrases that weren’t sticking in my mind as easily.  I think this program does better service to travelers trying to learn conversational skills than the traditional school teaching of language that I have experienced.  I look forward to progressing further through the program and putting my new skills into practice.

Do you want to try out Mango Passport for yourself? Than do we have a steal for you!

The Steal:  Win a Mango Passport language learning program in the language of your choice!  There are 17 different languages to choose from.


Details: One very lucky winner will receive  Mango Passport, in the language of their choice, via online download.  This prize has a $150 value.

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN: Head to the Mango Languages website and tell me in the comments which language you would pick if you won this great prize.

For additional entries, feel free to do any or all of the following.  Each one counts as an extra entry but be sure to LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ONE or the entry will not be counted.

 

Rules and guidelines:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • US Residents only

Deadline to enter: Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 11:59PM PST

What is Monday Madness?

Every Monday, Trekaroo announces on our blog, either a fantastic giveaway or an incredible deal.  It could be a green water bottle, a hotel stay on Maui or theme park tickets. Return every Monday to the Talking Trekaroo Blog for the details. Want a reminder? Become a Trekaroo member or follow us on facebook or twitter.

Disclosure: Both McFam and I received complimentary access to Mango Passport software in order to review the product. Mango Languages did not ask us to state any specific opinion and all opinions are entirely our own.

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Sharlene Earnshaw (aka doubleadventure) is Blogger-in-chief for Trekaroo and the blogger behind Double the Adventure.

Travel with kids to: CA |CO | DC | FL | HI | IL |MA | NC | NY | OR | PA | TN | TX | VA | WA

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171 Responses to Monday Madness- Win a Mango Passport Language Learning Program of the Language of Your Choice!

  1. Jennifer Folker February 14, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    I would choose Italian because I have Italian heritage, and I have always wanted to learn the language!

  2. Jennifer Folker February 14, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    I fanned Mango languages on facebook

  3. Jennifer Folker February 14, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    I am following Mango languages on twitter.

  4. Jennifer Folker February 14, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    I subscribe to trekaroo.

  5. Jennifer Folker February 14, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    I posted this on facebook.

  6. Jennifer Folker February 14, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    I am a fan of trekaroo on facebook.

  7. Jennifer Folker February 14, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    I follow trekaroo on twitter.

  8. Jennifer Folker February 14, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    I subscribe to trekaoo in my reader.

  9. lydie thomas February 14, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    I would choose Japanese as we will be traveling to Japan this summer.

  10. lydie thomas February 14, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I follow Mango on Facebook

  11. lydie thomas February 14, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I am following Mango Languages on Twitter

  12. lydie thomas February 14, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    I tweeted the link

  13. Lisa t February 14, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    My kids and I would love to learn Spanish !!

  14. Michelle February 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    Spanish! My son already loves our audio Spanish CDs that we play in the car, and this would certainly aide us! Great giveaway!

  15. J February 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I would select Spanish.

  16. J February 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    I am a fan of Trekaroo on FB

  17. J February 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    I am following Trekaroo on Twitter.

  18. Michelle Brennan February 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    We would choose Mandarin Chinese. I have been looking for a program close to our home for the kids here…to no avail!!!

  19. Gabrielle February 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I would choose either Spanish or Hebrew. Both are part of my heritage and I’m not nearly as capable as I would wish in either.

  20. Gabrielle February 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    I am a fan of Trekaroo on FB

  21. Nicole Vosburgh February 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I would choose Spanish!

  22. Nicole Vosburgh February 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    I fanned Mango Languages on facebook: Mama-Nikki Vosburgh

  23. Nicole Vosburgh February 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I am following Mango Languages on Twitter: @BNTVosburgh

  24. Nicole Vosburgh February 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    I tweeted:
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  25. Nicole Vosburgh February 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    I am an email subscriber.

  26. Nicole Vosburgh February 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    I shared on facebook:
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  27. Meghan February 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    I would choose Spanish. I took 4 years in high school and could really use a refresher!

  28. Nicole Vosburgh February 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    I am a fan of Trekaroo on facebook: Mama-Nikki Vosburgh

  29. Nicole Vosburgh February 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I am following Trekaroo on Twitter: @BNTVosburgh

  30. Meghan February 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I am a fan of Mango on Facebook!

  31. Patti Smith February 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Spanish foolish me had no interest in languages in school, have always regreted it.

  32. Patti Smith February 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I am fan of Manog of facebook (Patti Crow Smith)

  33. Patti Smith February 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    I am following MangoLanguages on twitter @pattidriving

  34. Patti Smith February 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    I’m a fan Trekaroo on Facebook

  35. Patti Smith February 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    I am following Trekaroo on Twitter
    @pattidriving

  36. Meghan February 15, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    I am a fan of Trekaroo on Facebook!

  37. Ann February 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Love the German program

  38. Ann February 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    I’m a Trekaroo Facebook fan

  39. Lucinda February 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    I want the French version for my daughter who wants to learn French and probably several other languages.

  40. Amy February 16, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    I fanned Mango languages.

  41. Amy February 16, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    I fanned Trekaroo on Facebook.

  42. Amy February 16, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    I subscribe to the Trekaroo Blog

  43. Stacie Frost February 16, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    I would choose Spanish. I homeschool my little boy, and would love to add this to our daily studies! We could both learn! Thanks for entering me! :o)
    Stacie
    staciefrost22 at hotmail dot com

  44. Stacie Frost February 16, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    I follow Mango Lanugages on facebook (Stacie Dennis Frost). Thanks for entering me!!!
    Stacie
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  45. Stacie Frost February 16, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    I follow mango languages on Twitter (@savingmama42). Thanks for entering me!!
    Stacie
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  46. Stacie Frost February 16, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    I tweeted about this giveaway!! Thanks for entering me!

    Stacie
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  47. Stacie Frost February 16, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    I like Trekaroo on facebook (Stacie Dennis Frost). Thanks for entering me!! :o)
    Stacie
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  48. Stacie Frost February 16, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    I follow Trekaroo on Twitter (@savingmama42). Thanks for entering me!
    Stacie
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  49. Stacie Frost February 16, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    I follow Trekaroo with Google reader. Thanks for entering me!
    Stacie
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  50. skyla higgins February 16, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    My dream is to go to France , so I would say French !

  51. Theresa February 16, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    I would love the Spanish edition. Oldest 3 are taking Spanish at school, my youngest and I need to catch up!

  52. Katie February 16, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Spanish

  53. Brian N. February 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Spanish

  54. Michael Smith February 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Spanish

  55. Lavender February 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Spanish!

  56. ELIZABETH P February 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    SPANISH

  57. Vicky H. February 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    I’d choose Korean.

  58. susie lee wiener February 17, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    I’d definitely like to learn Spanish. I’ve always wanted to. Muchas gracias (That much I know) 🙂

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  59. susie lee wiener February 17, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    like you on fb as susan wiener.

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  60. susie lee wiener February 17, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    twitter follower of mano languages.

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  61. susie lee wiener February 17, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    subscribe in a reader.

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  62. susie lee wiener February 17, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    tweeted your link as sherri2345 on twitter here http://twitter.com/#!/trekaroo

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  63. susie lee wiener February 17, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    shared your message on my fb wall as susan wiener.
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  64. susie lee wiener February 17, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    twitter follower of yours as sherri2345.

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  65. Liz Carlin February 17, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    I ‘d love this prize.

  66. pat February 17, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    I would like to learn Farsi and a language program like this could make it happen.

  67. Kathy Vallee February 17, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    I would pick Spanish

  68. Kari February 17, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    I would choose Spanish. It just seems the most practical since we have so many Spanish speaking people in the U.S. I’m a parent to teens and I think if they learn to speak Spanish it will help them in the future when they begin to seek jobs.

  69. Kari February 17, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    I like Mango on Facebook
    Kari Crum

  70. Kari February 17, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Following Mango on twitter as @alas3lads

  71. Kari February 17, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Following trekaroo on twitter as @alas3lads

  72. rebecca February 17, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Mandarin

  73. Pat February 17, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    I’d like to learn Spanish.

  74. stephanie bondlow February 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I would choose to learn Spanish.

  75. stephanie bondlow February 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Became a fan of Trekaroo on Facebook
    stephanie diane
    stephaniebonck@yahoo.com

  76. Mary Elderton February 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    I would love to study Spanish.

  77. Mary Elderton February 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    I joined Mango Languages on twitter as mbm218

  78. Mary Elderton February 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    I joined Trekaroo on twitter as mbm218

  79. Jack Palmer February 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I would like to learn Spanish since I grew up in a spanish neighborhood and many of my friends are spanish. thank you Jack Palmer jcpalmer@localnet.com

  80. Kimberly February 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    I would love to learnFrench with my children!
    kcoud33 at gmail dot com

  81. Kimberly February 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Like Mango Languages on Facebook

  82. Kimberly February 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Follow MA

  83. Kimberly February 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Follow Mango Languages on twitter (@kcoud33)

  84. Kimberly February 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Subscribe to Trekaroo Blog

  85. Kimberly February 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Like Trekaroo on Facebook
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  86. Kimberly February 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Follow Trekaroo on twitter (@kcoud33)
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  87. Kimberly February 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Subscribe to Trekaroo with Google Reader
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  88. Ashley K. February 18, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    Ahhhh there are so many languages I want to learn D: but I guess I’d go with….Japanese.
    ash2sapphire(at)gmail(dot)com

  89. Kathy Vallee February 18, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    tweet 2-18 (katscorner)

  90. hminnesota February 18, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I will choose Spanish.

  91. hminnesota February 18, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    like Mango languages on FB:heta s

  92. hminnesota February 18, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    like you on fb:heta s

  93. deana c February 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    If I won I would choose the Italian!

  94. Meaghan F. February 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to learn Japanese for years, so I would pick that.
    Miss_slytherin[at]live[dot]com

  95. Corry E February 20, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    I would, without a doubt, choose German! I’m trying SO hard to learn on my own, but it is incredibly difficult to do! Thanks so much for the sweepstakes!

  96. hj February 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I would go for Spanish!
    thanks

    hmcnaron at gmail

  97. Denice P February 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I would choose Spanish if I won. Thank you for the chance!

  98. Denice P February 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    I follow Mango Languages on twitter as doozercries.

  99. Denice P February 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    I tweeted the Monday Madness here:

    https://twitter.com/#!/doozercries/statuses/39533076526796800

  100. Denice P February 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    I follow trekaroo on twitter as doozercries.

  101. Diane McMahon February 21, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    I would love to learn Spanish as I work in an area that has a lot of Spanish speaking people and due to the language barrier, I cannot help some clients. This would give me an opportunity to do more to help people. I liked Mango languages.

  102. Lori L. February 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    I would pick Spanish.

    monlor AT aol DOT com

  103. Lori L. February 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Trekaroo FB fan here. 🙂

    monlor AT aol DOT com

  104. Kathy Vallee February 23, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    retweet 2-23 (katscorner)

  105. israel y February 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    hebrew

  106. Tonya Iles February 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Japanese

  107. Tonya Iles February 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Fan of Mango on FB

  108. Tonya Iles February 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Fan of Trekaroo on FB

  109. Amber Schambach February 24, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    I want to learn Spanish, ever since I went to Mexico to visit my friend 3 years ago!

  110. Annette D February 24, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    I would pick French!

  111. Jesse Weiss February 24, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    I would choose Spanish!!!

  112. Linda W. February 24, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    I would definitely pick Spanish.

  113. Kathy Vallee February 24, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    tweet 2-24 (katscorner)

  114. christal February 24, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    i would choose french b/c or my family

  115. Hoa February 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Mandatory
    I would pick Korean.

    alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

  116. Hoa February 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Liked Mango Languages on FB: Hoa Le

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  117. Hoa February 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Following Mango Languages on Twitter (@hle123).

    alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

  118. Hoa February 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Liked trekaroo on FB: Hoa Le

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  119. Hoa February 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Following trekaroo on Twitter (@hle123).

    alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

  120. Hoa February 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/hle123/status/40880037360046080

    alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

  121. Kathy Vallee February 25, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    tweet 2-25 (katscorner)

  122. Marc February 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    I would choose Spanish.

  123. Marc February 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Following Mango Languages on Twitter @MarcinMD

  124. Marc February 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Following Trekaroo on Twitter @MarcinMD

  125. Stacy February 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I would pick Italian. When we were in Italy two years ago, we thought we knew enough to get around, but we were wrong!

  126. Angela Winesburg February 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    I’d pick Spanish, thanks!

  127. S. Gatson February 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    I would pick the French!

  128. Jaque R. February 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    I would choose Spanish, great language. 🙂 Thank you.

  129. Jaque R. February 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    I became a fan of Mango Languages on Facebook. 🙂 (Jaque Richards)

  130. Jaque R. February 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I fanned Trekaroo on Facebook. 🙂 (Jaque Richards)

  131. ferriz February 26, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    i would pick italian. i am going to italy (hopefully!) for 2 weeks this summer and would love to be able to communicate!

  132. ferriz February 26, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    fb fan them: xferriza2 (danielle b)

  133. ferriz February 26, 2011 at 2:52 am #

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  134. ferriz February 26, 2011 at 2:53 am #

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  135. preethi February 26, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    i will choose english.. great giveaway

  136. Zoey Smith February 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I would pick Spanish

  137. Zoey Smith February 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    fanned Mango Languages on Facebook.

  138. Zoey Smith February 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Follow Mango Languages on Twitter.

  139. Zoey Smith February 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    # Tweet a link to this Monday Mad Steal via @Trekaroo .

  140. Zoey Smith February 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Fanned Trekaroo on Facebook

  141. Zoey Smith February 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Posted this giveaway on my Facebook Wall using the Facebook Share link above

  142. Zoey Smith February 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Follow Trekaroo on Twitter

  143. Beth February 27, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    I believe I’d pick Spanish, since I already know a little and it would probably be most useful. Mainly I try to pick up some here and a little there through listening to the local Spanish radio station!

    German would be tempting as well, since I have friends in Germany and also took a couple of years of that language in high school.

  144. Beth February 27, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    I’m following Trekaroo on Twitter (beth_swanson).

  145. carol February 27, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I have always wanted to learn Japanese. Spanish would be a second choice.

  146. Beeb Ashcroft February 27, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I would pick Spanish! Thank you for the giveaway!

  147. Kathy Vallee February 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    retweet 2-27 (katscorner)

  148. Jeaneen Richard February 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    I would choose spanish because it’s another high priority language here in the USA. I also have lots of hispanic friends and associates.

  149. Jeaneen Richard February 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    I followed on facebook

  150. Jeaneen Richard February 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    I followed and Tweeted on tweeter.

  151. Jeaneen Richard February 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I subscribed to the Trekaroo Blog

  152. Jeaneen Richard February 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I tweeted a link to Monday Mad Steal via @Trekaroo

  153. Jeaneen Richard February 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I fanned Mango Languages on Facebook

  154. Jeaneen Richard February 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I followed Mango Languages on Twitter

  155. Claire February 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I would choose Russian 🙂

  156. Erin G February 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    I would choose Spanish

  157. Veronica Garrett February 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    I would choose French.

  158. Sarah L February 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    I’m going to Chile in a few months so I need the Spanish. Gracias.

  159. Sarah L February 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

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  164. Sarah L February 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

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  165. Sand February 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    I would choose Mandarin Chinese.

  166. Sarah L February 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

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  167. Gianna February 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    I would choose Italian.

  168. Gianna February 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

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