Mango’s latest course: English for Somali speakers.

Oct 12, 2016 6:03:00 PM / by Jillian Rodriguez

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Mango’s catalogue of English course offerings is growing once again! This time, we’re adding Somali to our fleet of courses for non-English speakers. Designed to provide Somali speakers with all the tools they need to learn useful vocabulary, practice grammar, and perfect pronunciation, this new course is a must-have for native Somali speakers learning English.

Why did we choose Somali as our next English course? It’s simple — with more and more Somalis settling in the United States, there’s more need than ever before for English-learning resources that are practical, effective, and flexible. So, our linguists, developers, and language-learning fairies got together to develop our latest English course — and now it’s time for the big debut.

Somalis in North America.

First, let’s get a little background on why this course is important. The Civil War in Somalia, which broke out in the 1990s, is behind much of the diaspora that sent large numbers of Somalis to North America, among other regions around the globe. Today, there are an estimated 85,000 people with Somali heritage living in the United States. You’ll find close-knit communities of Somali people living in Minnesota, California, Washington, and Ohio, in constantly-increasing numbers. Visit these communities and you’ll find Somali-owned and operated small businesses, rich Somali cultural events, and really delicious food. You’ll also find that many in these communities still struggle with learning English (and let’s face it — it’s a difficult language to learn!), often coming up against the many challenges of living in a place where you don’t speak the language. That’s where we come in.

Why Mango.

For Somalis living in the United States, especially those here as a result of the Civil War in Somalia, access to high-quality English learning can be quite the headache. Courses available to them through local schools and community centers will likely be taught in another language, and private tutors or special software are often too expensive. Even more likely, many of these resources will take the long way to learning a language: treating it too academically, focusing on high-level grammar rules and a breadth of vocabulary that isn’t relevant to day-to-day life.

Enter Mango. We design our courses to be intuitive, conversation-based, and built to get you learning and speaking in English right away. All course navigation, culture and grammar notes, and other tools are in the learner’s native language, maximizing comprehension. Tools like native speaker pronunciation and voice-comparison technology allow learners to perfect their accent and tune their ears to understanding English even better. Plus, Mango is fully accessible for learners on-the-go: download the Mango app to your iPhone or Android, and you can learn while you’re on the bus, waiting in a long line, or have down time at work.

Ready to put your English learning into high gear with Mango? This new course is available to all schools, businesses, libraries, and individuals with a Mango subscription. Curious if a library near you has Mango Languages?

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Jillian Rodriguez

Written by Jillian Rodriguez

Jillian is a writer and editor out of Detroit, Michigan. She loves connecting people through new ideas, interesting stories, and good conversation. In her free time, Jillian loves to read, write, and listen to podcasts - in Spanish and in English!

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