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Website of the Day: Mango Languages

Being able to learn a new language for free without having to travel half way around the world is something we can all appreciate. There are many online services that guarantee to have you writing and speaking a new language within months for a small fortune, naturally.

Well there's now a free site called Mango Languages that offers foreign language courses in Spanish, Russian, Greek, German, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian and Polish.

All you have to do is enter your email address and from there you get to choose which language you want to learn. It's self-explanatory and very easy to use. If you aren't near a computer but are planning a trip abroad, there's also a program called iSpeak which you can use directly from your iPod to learn a new language. via lifehacker

To learn how to post your favorite sites to the Website of the Day group, just

I know that this long list looks scary, but trust me, once you get the hang of it, it'll be a snap the second time around.

  1. First of all, join the Website of the Day group
  2. Click "Create and Share!" on the left hand side
  3. Choose "Blog"
  4. Give your photo a Title
  5. Leave the category as "general"
  6. Change the channel to "technology and gadgets"
  7. Add keyword(s) (for example mine for this photo was "Website of the Day")
  8. Click on the "Add Image" link below the "body" box
  9. A popup window will happen - click on "Browse" to find your image on your computer
  10. Once you have the image chosen, click "Submit"
  11. The popup will show you your image, choose size: "normal" - if you want, you can give it a title (which will show up as a caption)
  12. Click "Insert" and the popup will go away
  13. Your "body" box will now have some text in it. Leave it as is. If you want to add some text before the picture telling me why you love the website, do it before the code that has appeared.
  14. Click Submit

So join the Website of the Day group and share information about all of your favorite sites! Yours just might end up on the geeksugar homepage!

veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
sls1825 sls1825 10 years
This is awesome. I've been trying to teach myself French as cheaply as possible, and this really helps!
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 10 years
I checked this out- preety wicked!
jdots24 jdots24 10 years
This seems neat. I've always had trouble learning other languages.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i might check it out - i need to learn a second language for university and have left it for the last minute: i picked mandarin.
Mango-Ryan Mango-Ryan 10 years
My name is Ryan and I'm on the development team for Mango. I'd like to thank for writing about us! We respect your site as well as your audience. In reply to a rebours' comment, Mango currently mixes in literal and understood translations into each lesson. Although the literal method may seen strange and a bit abstract to the user, we expect that it will assist in identifying how these words, phrases and sentences operate contextually with their target language. In future releases, these variations will be made more apparent to the user, and may even be an optional feature. Thank you very much for your input! We listen to each and every suggestion made by our users and consider them for improving the learning experience.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 10 years
i think it is pretty cool
a-rebours a-rebours 10 years
I hate to sound finicky since the site offers their services for free, but "I go well" is a far, far too literal translation of "Je vais bien"! Who is the heck says, in English, "I go well"?!?! I hate to rant (maybe I'm having a bad day), but this is a tiny example of the problem with online translation sites: they provide "cookie-cutter" translations that cannot process the contextual nuances of another language. Albeit, this limitation is understandable, given the complexities of language with its malleable capacity for semantic drift during cross-cultural encounters, but such sites should not give the impression that the information they are providing is always accurate. . . .okay, finished my rant.
misslarue misslarue 10 years
I'll check this out for sure. I have been trying to learn Spanish for the last year.
KadBunny KadBunny 10 years
I go well? :P Ahh, cool nonetheless.
peekaboo peekaboo 10 years
it's super cute! where can we get the decals???
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
Cool! I've always wanted to learn several languages.
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