Mango’s Grove Trotter Kristi on Connecting Interests with Language Learning

November 19, 2015 / by Kristi Smythe

game_science_center.jpgCulture and language fluency — connecting in-common culture interests with language learning. Selecting an activity where we have in-common cultural fluency is helpful in our quest to understand what is ‘foreign’ to our ears, but familiar to our interests. Therefore, one of my priorities during my recent visit to Berlin was to check out the Games Science Center (GSC).

Was ist das GSC?

“Das Game Science Center ist ein interaktives Zukunfts-Museum, geführt von einem vierköpfigen Team von Spieleentwicklern.”

My husband and I were welcomed to the center in both German and English. The GSC website and personal introduction indicated our experience would be approximately 1.5 hours.


We played and experimented with the gaming technologies there for more than three hours. We also learned more about international gaming culture and German game tech jargon during our playtime.

Hier ist ein Link zu einem gewissen Spielspaß bie GSC:

The development of fluency includes both input and output – tuning our ears and observation skills, comprehending  cultural norms, and testing our ability to understand, to respond, to reach out, and to be understood.

I tuned my ears and toned up my vocabulary by using the Mango Conversations app on my phone. Opening the German Conversations and German Ocktoberfest courses to access the units, chapters, and lessons menus enabled me to pick conversations I felt would be relevant to the interactions and goals I had in mind for my trip.

Tuning my ears seems to work best with the Mango autoplay feature on my iPhone. After I’ve completed a lesson in autoplay, I repeat the lesson with autoplay turned off, utilizing the phonetic and voice comparison tools to visually recognize what I’m hearing and tone my pronunciation.

I also used Mango Premiere, which is a great feature film tool for language learning through authentic content – it helps with listening while connecting gestures, cultural mannerisms, and body language in scenes set in the country of the target language. 

Fluency is attained by persisting with our language-learning goals until we can follow and eventually participate in the flow of culture and conversation.

P.S. Mango Languages offers over 70 languages and many Mango Premiere movies to choose from, so start learning by choosing one (or 21!) and conquering the world. Find out if you can get access to Mango Languages free of charge through a public library near you!

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Kristi Smythe

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