King Library Conversation Cafés - Beginning Conversational Language Classes
Impress your friends, communicate with neighbors or prepare for travel. King Library is featuring five language classes! Learn simple words & phrases, in these introductory, six week, drop-in classes on beginning conversational Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Vietnamese. All classes will be held on the 3rd Floor, at King Library, in Room 390. Free! Come join us!
Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
January 6, 13, 27 & February 3, 10, 2014
Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.
January 8, 15, 22, 29 & February 5, 12, 2014
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
January 9, 16, 3, 30 & February 6, 13, 2014
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
January 7, 14, 21, 28 & February 4, 11, 2014
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
January 9, 16, 3, 30 & February 6, 13, 2014
Mango, our online language instruction, accessible with your library card is available to supplement your instruction.
Last week a patron of mine came in the library to look for a book to help her study for the Eligibility Worker test. After exhausting the holdings of our own catalog and I still could not find any copy for her, she started to tell me that she was not too surprised. She said that she even went to the bookstores, and that book was all sold out. Even if a bookstore placed an order for her that day, she would still have to wait for it for about three more weeks. Since the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare -President Barack Obama's health care law - will become into effect soon in a few more months, counties all over the nation are preparing to hire Eligibility Workers, and publishing houses around the country are not prepared for this, therefore it will take about three weeks before she can receive a copy of that book.
I was able to obtain one copy for her through the LINK+ system, so please don't forget to search the LINK+ system. Please bring up the title of the book, then click on LINK+ icon on the right-hand side of the entry of the item.
After navigating through the LINK+ system and you will find no copy still, please don't despair. Please go back to our own San Jose Public LibraryJPL catalog, and try a search for "civil service" to get books on Civil Service exams. These books' contents are very similar to the books Case Worker or Eligibility Worker.
In a county which is highly populated by various ethnic groups such as this Santa Clara county, language is normally stated in the job application as "Ability to speak another language is a PLUS but not a MUST". One of the resources available to you on our SJPL home page to help you prepare for this is Mango Languages.
To browse through this database, you don't need to create an account with that company. However, I created one, to test it out. I found that it is working fine if you just need to learn basic conversational skills. This database is not for college level students. If you want to learn Vietnamese, be careful: I found one computer bug, the letter i becomes the letter l in the Vietnamese sentences.
You might want to supplement your learning with other books from the "Learn-A-Language" area in your local San Jose Public Library branch. We have a plethora of them! Please talk to your local librarian, or do your own search in the keyword search box, type in the name of the language that you wish to learn, "request" it, then come in your local library to pick it up on another day. Good luck with your learning!
The world grows smaller everyday in the ways that we are able to connect with each other. To speak another language, is in essense, to aquire another soul. The ways in which words are combined, the phrases, the slang, etc. give us another view of the lives of our neighbors. San José is a community of communities. We invite you to partake in the banquet and share in some of the languages that are spoken here.
Learn simple words & phrases, in these introductory, six week, drop-in classes on conversational Assyrian, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish.
Impress your friends, communicate with neighbors or prepare for travel.
King Library Conversation Cafés:
Study Room 390, 3rd floor
While you're at it, please remember the SJ Library's wonderful resources to help you build those language skills:
San Jose Public Library provides a variety of ESL resources to customers including the print collection, electronic resources, and programming events. The ESL collection at SJPL consists of print books combined with media such as CDs or DVDs, where users would enjoy learning English as a Second Language by reading and listening to words, phrases, grammar and practicing the language in a conversational approach. Moreover, customers with a valid SJPL library card can download or have access to the ESL electronic resources that are in the eBook formats and databases. ESL Conversation Club (ESL CC) is one of the most popular ESL programming activity at SJPL where users can come and join the ESL Conversation Club sessions and start practicing English in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. By joining ESL CC at SJPL users will interact with others and make new friends and all levels are welcome.
Not only available for English learners to improve their English, Mango Languages database offers lessons in many other languages. If you are interested to learn the following languages: Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Madarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Pashto, Portugese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Urkrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese; don't hesitate to take a few minutes to explore this database.
Please follow this video clip to navigate the database.
You will need to have a valid PIN and library card number to access the database. Your profile can be created by entering your email address and password. You will have to go your email and click on the link provided by Mango to activate your account.
To get a library card please go to your local library with a proof of address and valid CA picture ID. The online application is available if you want to fill it out in advance.
The San Jose Public Library offers you the convenience of learning a language from your home computer, laptop or any mobile device with access to an Internet connection. There are 34 different languages, plus English, to select from in Mango Languages. In addition this database offers a translation feature where you can type in a word or phrase and it will respond with the equivalent in the language of your choice. The individual, learn-a-language lessons can be done at your own pace where you can pick up where you left off upon your next log-in. There are "cultural notes" recommending when one might use certain greetings and phrases. I enjoyed using the Narrator option where a speaker reads each lesson page along with the words being learned. Reinforcement was gained along with learning as I went along and was asked to repeat phrases that were previously covered.
This is a wonderful program and is free to you. On our homepage just click on the "Research" square in the lower left hand corner. This will bring you to the next page where you choose "Find Articles Online." It is here you will find among the list of Subject Specific Resources our Learn a Language link. Check it out! ¡Buena suerte!