I’ve mentioned that my library has free language courses before. It’s one of the reason’s they’re amazing. (To check out classes that are currently available via Carnegie Library branches, click here.) None of them really match up with my schedule, though, and, quite honestly, I can’t commit to my current workload at school and another class. I know myself and know that I’d be more interested in Mandarin than Biology and therefore spend more time at it. But my biology grade will count towards my GPA, and my Mandarin won’t.
Enter Mango. It’s an on-line (and sometimes on your smart phone) language learning program that a lot of libraries pay into to give free access to their patrons. Some of the languages you can study are Spanish, Japanese, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, German, and English as a Second Language. Scheduling problem? Solved. I’ll still probably spend too much of my limited time at it, but at least I have the option of working at my own pace without worrying about being prepared for the next class session.
If you have a library card in Allegheny County, you can have Mango access. Check it out. If you live anywhere else, you should ask your library if they participate by either talking with a librarian or doing a little searching on their website. If they don’t have Mango, they may just surprise you with Rosetta Stone or Rocket Languages.