Library Resources: Mango Languages

Posted on March 19, 2021

by Michael Sheehan

Do you want to make the most of your library card? Follow this series of articles that will provide an overview of  information on the various digital resources and databases the La Porte County Public Library offers the community. This is the eighth in a series and will review Mango Languages.


Mango Languages

Arr, me hearty! A fine gentleman o’ fortune be ye! (Great, my friend! You’re a fine pirate!) Interested in learning a new language? Mango Languages walks you through conversations between two native speakers. After the conversation is over, choose to hear/read parts of it again. The Voice Comparison feature helps you with pronunciation. Access over 60 languages with this database or the app, including Pirate.

LPCPL has offered Mango Languages since January 2009.

Use Numbers

In 2019:

  • The average time spent in a learning session was 18 minutes.
  • There were 1,025 registered users compared to 365 anonymous ones.
  • In all, there were 1,427 total sessions (480 mobile) and 1,390 total courses taken.
  • Interestingly, Pirate ranked 11th most accessed at 13 courses taken.


In 2020:

  • The average time spent in a learning session was 14 minutes.
  • There were 901 registered users compared to 48 anonymous ones.
  • In all, there were 1,082 total sessions (748 mobile) and 949 total courses taken.
  • Oddly, Spanish Flamenco Dancing was taken 12 times, making it the 9th highest course used in 2020.

Top five languages each year (by learning session accessed):

Next week we will focus on Niche Academy.


Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Michael joined the library staff in August of 2017. He is a member of the Library Admin Team. He has spent much of his adult work life swimming in seas of metadata, bench-pressing card catalogs, and bartering with information system vendors, but those activities have done more to tone his head muscle and less to develop those desirable six-pack abs. These cataloging skills have taken him through Illinois, Wisconsin, and back home to Indiana (queue the Soggy Bottom Boys: “the place where he was born and bred”). In his spare time, he attempts to stay out of family arguments, binge watches British comedy, drama, and mystery programs, and subjects his two cats to the latest in Indie/Alternative music.
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