In today’s global economy, it’s no surprise that businesses benefit from the skills of polyglots. Of course, the most obvious benefit is the ability to transfer information in multiple languages. Learning a second language also provides a window into the culture of the speakers of the language as well as an empathetic view of the effort many people around the world have made to learn English. These additional insights facilitate relationship building, a must when trying to do business anywhere in any language.
University of Chicago researchers have access to Mango Languages, an online interactive language learning tool for learning vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture all in a single, integrated experience. It covers more than 70 languages from American Sign Language to Arabic, Vietnamese and Yiddish. Non-native English speakers can also study English as a second language. Seventeen different versions are available. In order to use all of the functions of Mango, users need to create a personal account and log in.