The LRC offers a range of software options for language study to encourage language learning both in and out of the classroom. This software is available at no additional cost to all members of the Mount Holyoke community including students, faculty, and staff.
Mango Languages is an online language learning system that primarily focuses on oral skills. Learners are able to practice conversational skills relevant to real-life situations in a range of languages, including:
Arabic (Egyptian, Levantine, Modern Standard, Iraqi), Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Cherokee, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi(Persian), Finnish, French (European and Canadian), German, Greek (Modern, Ancient, Koine), Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hebrew (Modern, Biblical), Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latin, Malay, Malayalam, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Scottish, Gaelic, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish (Latin American, Castilian), Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Tuvan, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yiddish.
To use Mango, you must access their website through this link Mango Languages (bookmarking won't work). If you're on campus it will take you directly to Mango. If you're off-campus it will go through an EZ Proxy page where you'll need to sign in with your MHC username and password.
Once you're on the Mango page, you have the option to set up an a Mango account to keep track of your learning progress, or just start studying without making a Mango account.
You can also use Mango on your mobile devices, available for both iOS and Android. Learn more about the Mango Languages mobile application here.
Rosetta Stone is a language learning system that pioneered the use of interactive software to help language learners with speaking and word recognition. Over 25 languages are offered via Rosetta Stone, including:
Spanish (Spain, Latin America), French, German, English (American and British), Italian, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Dutch, Filipino (Tagalog), Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Indonesian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Portuguese (Brazil), Swedish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Using Rosetta Stone
The LRC subscribes to Rosetta Stone, so any member of the MHC community (students, faculty or staff) can create a free Rosetta Stone account that will give you access to beginner level courses for over 25 languages. To access Rosetta Stone, all you need to do is create an account using your MHC email.
Skritter is an online learning system for Chinese and Japanese characters. It incorporates two key features for effective study: spaced repetition, which allows learners to practice characters regularly and focus on ones they get wrong more frequently, and physical rehearsal, which allows learners to practice their written skills instead of just reviewing them. Additionally, Skritter offers lists of characters from most major Chinese/Japanese textbooks and allows learners to create their own custom lists.
The LRC subscribes to Skritter, so any member of the MHC community (students, faculty or staff) can create a free Skritter account. Detailed instructions about creating an account and validating your MHC email can be found below.
Using Email Validation to Update and Create Skritter Accounts
Existing Skritter Users:
- Log in to your Skritter account.
- Click your username on the upper navigation bar, then Account.
- Confirm your email address matches your school email address.
- Click Subscription, and then School Subscription
- Click the button labeled Send a validation email to your address.
- After an email has been sent to you containing a validation code, input the validation code
- Finish by clicking Update subscription.
Creating a new Skritter account:
- Go to the Skritter sign up page.
- Create a username and password, using your school email address in the appropriate fields.
- Under billing information select "SCHOOL EMAIL."
- Click the blue button labeled Send a validation email to your address.
- After an email has been sent to you containing a validation code, input the validation code.
If additional help is needed, visit Skritter support.
Skritter is web-based, so you can use it on any computer with an Internet connection, on or off campus. You can practice drawing the characters using your mouse, but you may like to try Skritter with a pen tablet, where you hold a stylus just like a pen and actually practice the movements of drawing. We have a pen tablet available for use in the LRC with Skritter, so stop by to try it out!
You can also use Skritter on your mobile devices, available for both iOS and Android. Learn more about the Skritter mobile application.