To encourage language learning in and outside of the classroom, the LRC offers a range of software options for language study. These software are available at no additional cost to all members of the Mount Holyoke community, including students, faculty and staff.
- Mango Languages (multiple languages; create your own account and use online)
- Rosetta Stone (multiple languages; create your own account and use online)
- Skritter (Chinese and Japanese; create your own account and use online)
Mango Languages is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for real communication. Mango Languages focuses primarily on oral skills and offers a basic introduction to a range of languages:
- Arabic (Egyptian, Levantine, Modern Standard, Iraqi)
- Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin)
- Farsi (Persian)
- French (European and Canadian)
- Greek (Modern, Ancient, Koine)
- Haitian Creole
- Hebrew (Modern, Biblical)
- Portuguese (Brazilian)
- Spanish (Latin American, Castilian)
To access Mango, you must click through the link, Mango Languages (bookmarking won't work). If you're on campus, it will take you right 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:
- Spanish (Spain, Latin America)
- English (American and British)
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Filipino (Tagalog)
- Persian (Farsi)
- Portuguese (Brazil)
Using Rosetta Stone
The LRC subscribes to Rosetta Stone, so any member of the MHC community (students, faculty or staff) can have a free Rosetta Stone account, which grants you access to the beginning level courses for over 25 languages. To access Rosetta Stone, all you need is your MHC email to create an account by clicking here.
Skritter is an online learning system for Chinese and Japanese characters. It incorporates two key features for effective study: spaced repetition, so that you keep practicing characters regularly and practice those you get wrong more frequently, and physical rehearsal, so that you practice by actually writing, not just reviewing them. Skritter offers lists of characters from most major Chinese/Japanese textbooks, so you can start learning what you need to know immediately. You can also create your 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 by clicking here.
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 here.