FSI Announces Additional Online Language Resource

FSI ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL ONLINE LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCE

1. SUMMARY: The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is pleased to
announce the availability of an additional online language
resource, Mango Languages. Mango Languages offers beginning level
online language learning resources in over 40 languages and also
has an accompanying mobile app. This resource is available to DOS Civil Service and Foreign Service employees, as well as Foreign Service Eligible Family Members (EFMs), and Members of Household (MOHs). Those interested in using Mango Languages can sign up for the FSI Online Language Resource Library (SR041). On the homepage of the FSI Online Language Resource Library (SR041), there is a
link where users can click and create their own Mango Languages
account. Our initial experience with Mango has been positive and we
intend to make it available on an extended pilot basis. Please share this information with eligible personnel.

2. LANGUAGES OFFERED: Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Cantonese),
Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi,
Finnish, French, French (Canadian), German, Greek, Greek (Koine),
Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Indonesian,
Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish,
Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Latin American),
Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian,
Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Mango Languages also offers English for: Chinese (Cantonese)
Speakers, French Speakers, German Speakers, Greek Speakers, Italian
Speakers, Japanese Speakers, Korean Speakers, Polish Speakers,
Portuguese (Brazilian) Speakers, Russian Speakers, Spanish (Latin
American) Speakers, Turkish Speakers, and Vietnamese Speakers

3. MANGO LANGUAGES FEATURES: Mango Languages offers beginning level
lessons based on a communicative language learning approach. Each
lesson has grammar and cultural notes as well as phonetic
spellings. There is also a speech comparison component so learners
can compare their pronunciation to a native speaker (will work with
USB microphones).

4. MANGO LANGUAGES ACCESS AND DELIVERY: Mango Languages is
available online. In order to create a Mango account, though, users
have to sign-up for the Online Language Resource Library (SR041) on
the FSI Learn Center. There is a Mango link on the SR041 homepage
that users can click and then create their account. The OpenNet
link to sign up for SR041 is:
http://fsi.state.gov/admin/reg/default.asp?EventID=SR041

 Once users have created an account via the link on SR041 and then
activated it, they can access Mango Languages anywhere they have
Internet access. They will use this link:
https://libraries.mangolanguages.com/departmentstate/start

5. MANGO APP ACCESS: Users must create their accounts through the
FSI Online Language Resource Library (SR041) first. Once users have
created and activated their Mango accounts, they can go to the
Apple or Android App Store and download the Mango- Library Edition
app. The app is free, but they will be asked to enter their account
information to use it. The OpenNet link to sign up for SR041 is:

http://fsi.state.gov/admin/reg/default.asp?EventID=SR041
6. The Mango Languages resources are training aids, and are not
considered as substitutes for formal, mentored training – but
rather as resource and learning materials to supplement formal
curricula. They can provide an excellent way to build basic
language skills and review key vocabulary.
Since the Mango materials are all self-guided, they are not officially recorded on personnel records or official transcripts.

7. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

* PC running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7,
or higher, or a Mac running OS X 10.6 or higher

* Minimum 1 GHz processor with 1GB RAM

* Broadband Internet connection

* 1024 x 768 display resolution

* A microphone to utilize the Voice Comparison tool

8. Questions:

* For questions about technical issues in the FSI Online
Language Resource Library (SR041), please contact FSI LearnCenter’s
help desk staff by e-mailing LearnCenterHelp@state.gov
LearnCenterHelp@state.gov .

* For issues when using Mango Languages, please contact the
Mango Help Desk at 1-877-626-4611.

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