Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mango Languages { Review }


My family had the awesome opportunity to review Mango Languages Homeschool Edition courtesy of The Schoolhouse Review Crew. Mango Languages offers over 60 different languages for you to learn on line! 

Mango has been in existence for about 7 years. They started in the public library sector and are expanding from there. The major differences between the library version and the homeschool version are
   ⁃   public libraries only have 1 level of any given language
   ⁃   homeschooling has all levels and all languages
   ⁃   homeschooling has the community features (forums and such)
   
We have been working in the Beta form of Mango and several features have not been made available to us however in the next few months the Beta period will be over and they will be ready for use!

My family was granted 3 online memberships.

Kyle age 13 picked Russian. We were shocked to learn that over 160 million people speak Russian. There are 3 Journeys however we are on Journey 1 which is teaching:
 Greetings, Gratitude, Goodbyes
Inquiring About Someone's Nationality
Asking What Languages Someone Speaks
Names and Introductions
Getting Around
Shopping and Payment
Drinks and Dining
Numbers and Currency
Getting Help
Asking for Clarification



Alexis age 10 chose Spanish which 387 million other people speak. Like Russian there are 3 Journeys and she is on Journey 1 learning the following:

Greetings, Gratitude, Goodbyes
Inquiring About Someone's Nationality
Asking What Languages Someone Speaks
Names and Introductions
Getting Around
Shopping and Payment
Drinks and Dining
Numbers and Currency
Getting Help
Asking for Clarification

Kevin, my husband decided on Hebrew (biblical). Since he is in Bible Collage he thought this would be a great intro course to learn some basic Hebrew.

Pricing from Mango:
1 subscription is $18/month or $125/year total
2 subscriptions is $28/month or $175 /year total
3 subscriptions is $38/month or $225/year total
4 subscriptions is $48/month or $275/year total
5 subscriptions is $58/month or $325/year total

With Mango you don't have to worry about the operating system on your computer it is compatible with all. So here is how our review time went with Mango!

First we got our sign in information and were able to go to the Mango Homeschool site and simply sign in. I made each child's profile and selected the language they had chosen to learn. I was able to personalize their profile but with discretion because of the forum and safety reasons. I then linked each of the accounts to my main profile so that I could see everything going on with the subscriptions and it was an easy way to manage all.

My children were eager to start. Kyle had been talking about this review for weeks. I sat down with both children the first lesson and we signed into Mango then into their language passport. Once you sign in you have to click on your language, under your profile page and it launches another screen that loads your online lessons. Another mom had the idea of having the kids keep a notebook with them during the lessons for writing down any words they wanted to have and this was a great tip because both my children ended up keeping a notebook.



The lessons are short and clear to understand. My children have used Mango 2 or 3 times a week since the review started. Alexis has chosen to do some of her lessons more than one time simply because she wanted to practice more. I was glad this was an option because I believe it has helped her learn better than not being able to repeat. 

I actually downloaded the course guide for each language. The course guide was a great printable for the kids to keep for review of the language. It also had the conversations used during the online lessons which made it easy for me to review with them what had been taught without me having to be involved with each lesson. The guides are over 100 pages long and break down each chapter of your language journey.

Since the kid's have kept a notebook I have been drilling the kids offline about their new language and the words they are learning. 

I personally at first thought this was going to be very difficult for my kids. We have never been introduced to different languages and the thought of learning over the computer wasn't something I thought would go well but to my amazement I was very pleased with the pronunciation and grammar help provided from the program. The program helps with cultural customs and insights and provides phonetic spelling which has changed my initial thoughts on this going to be difficult. My kids are learning and having a blast!

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