Guest blogger Jay H. works at the Gresham Library and shared this story of how useful the library’s language learning resources can be.
One of our patrons who visits once a week wanted to learn to speak Portuguese. I showed her our Mango Connect language learning resource, which she was able to use on one of our computers. Each week she would come and complete some more Portuguese lessons. After a few weeks, she had completed all the lessons that Mango Connect had to offer, and asked me for more Portuguese learning resources!
As I chatted with her, she told me she was motivated to learn Portuguese so that she could speak to her daughter-in-law, who is from Brazil. I was able to find more advanced Portuguese resources on CD audiobooks for her. She kept at it, using our computer lab computers to listen to the CD's, and quietly practicing Portuguese as she learned.
Then one week, she reported that she had gone to visit her son and daugher-in-law, and her family was shocked when she could converse quite well in Portuguese! It worked! She continues to study, and is now on level III of Portuguese in the Pimsleur Language Programs. She is grateful to her library for having such wonderful language learning resources.
Staff like Jay are ready to help you with Language Learning resources - however you visit the library. Ask us!