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.
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Rules and guidelines:
- 18 years of age or older
- US Residents only
Deadline to enter: Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 11:59PM PST
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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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