Rockland Public Library recently announced that it now offers the Pronunciator online language-learning system free for all library patrons.

With 72 languages, and English as a Second Language courses, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.

Pronunciator offers five possible levels of instruction for each language, covering vocabulary, verbs, simple sentences, and conversation. One level, specifically for tourists and business travelers, teaches 1,500 essential phrases covering everyday situations. Each course also has up to 350 hours of audio lessons, which patrons can download to a portable device, or burn to CD. Appropriate for children as well as adults, Pronunciator is designed to meet the language-learning needs of the entire community.

“Pronunciator is replacing Mango Languages as Rockland Public Library’s language learning e-resource. If you were familiar with Mango, you will be right at home with Pronunciator. If you are new to our online language learning e-resources, we invite you to try Pronunciator on the library website," said Amy Levine, Rockland Public Library director, in a news release.

Stop by the library Thursday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m. for a hands-on information session on Prununciator, or head to the library website today to try it out: à e-resources. For more information, contact the Reference Department of Rockland Public Library at 594-0310.