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Botanicals

Botanicals

By Laurie Tennent

By Laurie Tennent

Context Of Conversation
"It's a conversational tool, so we teach
the language through the context
of conversation:' Mike said. "Each
thematic chapter explores a different
topic and how you engage in a con-
versation about that topic. Because
Chaldeans still speak the language to
one another, it remains a conversa-
tional language. It's a community that
wants to use their native language to
talk every day, and we've worked with
them to make some tweaks to our
natural template that better fits their
needs
The brothers also say their program
is unlike any other language learn-
ing software on the market because it
incorporates relevant cultural refer-
ences throughout.
"Not all language learning programs
are created equal, and our philosophy
is that as anyone starts out, they want
to learn things they find useful from
that first lesson. This way our custom-
ers can make connections with people
through the language and continue
to feel motivated to learn it. We start
by teaching greetings and relate each
lesson back to your native language
Mike said.
The programs are never generic,
and they incorporate and teach cul-
tural lessons.
"If you're learning Mandarin, we
don't teach you the word for matzah
ball soup, we make it relevant to that
language and culture; instead we'd
teach you how to order rice Jason said.
Given their unique approach
to teaching a language, Jason also
explained that promoting and teach-
ing Chaldean culture was an impor-
tant piece of the project.
"Our communities have always been
close and, from a Jewish perspective,
the language is a commonality. This
is the modern form of Aramaic that
our Talmud is written in, some of our
prayers are written in it, and it's simi-
lar to Hebrew:' Jason said.
Mango Languages is also consider-
ing developing an Aramaic course,
as the language is still spoken by
Chaldeans in their religious services.
"We have religion and scholarly cours-
es, so we teach biblical Hebrew, Greek
and Latin, and we're certainly test-
ing the waters with Aramaic," Jason
added.
In the habit of reviving and teaching
what some would call dead languages,
the company is also rolling out a
Yiddish program, coming later this
month.
Programs are sold in packages of
"journeys" or chapters, and are avail-
able for $79.



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