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25
Mar15

Language learning program trials: Try both out and let us know!

Posted by: Andrew Gaudio

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Looking to learn a new language, or brush up on one you are already familiar with? Snell Library has trials to two language learning programs: Mango Languages and Pronunciator. (Log-in information below.) Mango’s trial ends on April 16 and Pronunciator’s ends on April 10. Try them out while you can!

Both programs offer similar features such as:

  • Key phrases and expressions in the target language
  • Narration by native speakers to show you how to pronounce each word
  • Cultural bits of information which help you get a sense of proper etiquette in the country where the language you are learning is spoken
  • Media in the form of radio broadcasts and films with subtitles to help you with your listening comprehension
  • Media can be played back at varying speeds to suit your level of comprehension
  • Exercises and quizzes to see what you have learned
  • Mango offers 63 languages, Prounciator offers 80

Now for the differences:

  • Pronunciator allows you to select any language as your source language and any language as your target language. If you choose German as your source language and Thai as your target language, you would be learning Thai with instruction in German.
  • Mango does not have mix and match capabilities, but it does offer English courses for non-English speakers of Polish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Armenian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • Pronunciator will match the pitches of different vowels of words to music notes so you can hear the differing tones of different vowel sounds.
  • Pronunciator gives you the option of playing only the voice, the notes, or both the voice and notes.

 

Screenshot from Pronunciator’s Vietnamese course.

 

  • With Pronunciator’s writing tool, the narrator speaks a word or phrase in the target language, and you can write the word and insert vowels with diacritics using the virtual keyboard.
  • Pronunciator takes accurate diacritic marks into account. Red letters indicate that the diacritics are either incorrect or missing.

 

Screenshot of Pronunciator’s writing tool.

 

  • Mango color codes parts of speech in both languages to show the user which parts of speech in the language being learned correspond with those in the user’s native language.

 

Screenshot from Mango matching English words to Vietnamese words.

 

Pronunciator and Mango have apps available for mobile devices including iOS and Android devices: Pronunciator apps | Mango apps

 

The URL for the free trials are:

Pronunciator: learning.pronunciator.com/ne.php

Log in: ne

Password ne

Mango:connect.mangolanguages.com/northeastern-university-trial/try/f814b6af0

 

Try out both and let us know what you think!

 

 

Posted in: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Serendipity

16
Mar15

Snell is full of Fanjimiles

Posted by: Emily Nehme

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Hey aspiring musicians! Check out the colorful and moving music of Anjimile and read about their journey on recording and releasing Human Nature, their new album inspired by the wonders of the human body, mind, and soul. Human Nature was written, recorded, and produced by these band members, who also happen to be Northeastern students: Anjimile Yvonne on vocals and guitar, Drew Wilcox on percussion, Jason Smith as a featured bass guitarist, and Lee Schuna who produced this album at The Ivy Basement

Here’s the deal: Anjimile, an indie band from Boston, is raising money for their first ever full-length album, Human Nature. It’s always been their dream to release a a full-fledged studio album, but now they need the help of fellow musicians, indie fans, kind-hearted souls… anyone, really, to fund a campaign with this pre-sale. In return, you’ll get a digital version of Human Nature and the chance to call yourself a true “Fanjimile”.

So, what does this have to do with the library?

Human Nature
 has musical features that were recorded in the Digital Media Commons (DMC) Audio Recording Studio at Snell Library.

Anjimile shared their recording experience with us and said they enjoyed the environment of the studio and felt comfortable recording there. The state-of-the-art equipment eased the recording process and the studio was always readily available to them when they made appointments.

Let’s think about why the DMC met the needs of Anjimile and how it can meet your needs:

  • Anjimile has an in-home studio where the majority of their album was recorded. However, acquiring equipment and soundproofing the space requires spending a lot of time and a lot of money, which not everyone can do.
  • Another option would be renting studio space somewhere in the city… yeah, right! Again, that requires a lot of time and a lot of money.
  • Finally, Northeastern does offer another audio recording studio in Shillman. Unfortunately, it’s only for music majors.

It’s a no-brainer! The DMC Audio Recording Studio is free, easy to book, and available to any student, faculty, or staff member at Northeastern. Book now and record or edit your own soundtrack! Or if you don’t have experience but are interested, check out the Audio Recording Workshop Series in April.

In the meantime, show your support: help Anjimile raise money for their new album and check out their next show on March 21st at 8 pm at NU afterHOURS where they will be performing with Massachusetts-based, nationally renowned indie band Speedy Ortiz.

Posted in: Digital Media Design Studio (DMDS), Music

13
Feb15

New collection: JoVE Science Education videos

Posted by: Jen Ferguson

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Hey science students!  We’ve subscribed to a new resource to help you with your lab courses.  Check out the JoVE Science Education Database to watch experts perform lab techniques before starting your own experiments.

 

 

Northeastern affiliates now have access to these collections:

  • Essentials of Neuroscience – including videos on tissue staining, water mazes, patch clamp electrophysiology, fMRI, and neuroanatomy

 

Here’s a sample of the videos the JoVE Science Education Database has to offer:  Making Solutions in the Laboratory

 

We hope you find these video collections useful in your work.  Let us know what you think of them!

 

Posted in: Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Read, Listen, Watch, Research Online

26
Jan15

American Composers Forum New England Records Now Available for Research

Posted by: Andrew Begley

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The records of the New England chapter of the American Composers Forum (ACFNE) are now available for research in the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections.

The collection documents the role of ACFNE in promoting local composers and their music, and includes administrative records for the organization, as well as scores and recordings of original compositions. The collection also provides some interesting intersections with the Archives’ existing social justice collections. During the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, ACFNE’s Community Partners Program provided funding to place composers in diverse non-musical community settings in the Boston area, with the goal of integrating community participants in the making, playing and enjoyment of new music. Program participants in the Boston area included City Year, Casa Myrna Vasquez, and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A flier for “Know the Ledge: An Expression of Afro-Caribbean Culture Through Hip-Hop,” sponsored by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción and ACFNE.

 

 

Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, Music

19
Nov14

Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive – WBUR Oral History Project Announces Lesson Plans

Posted by: Claudia Willett

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In the wake of the events that occurred on April 15, 2013 at the 117th Boston Marathon and on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Northeastern University English Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Assistant Professor Ryan Cordell recognized the obvious need for a space where people could tell and share their stories with each other.  They believed that sharing stories from survivors, families, witnesses, visitors to the city, and everyone around the world touched by the event will speed the healing process, and wanted to create that space as a gift to the community.

Together, they established the Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, a crowd-sourced, digital archive of pictures, videos, stories, and social media related to the Boston Marathon bombing.  Thus far, they have acquired an archive of almost 10,000 items, 3 interactive exhibits, and 3 major collections.

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[April 21, 2013, from the Public Submissions collection]

This summer, I contributed to this remarkable endeavor as a Simmons School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) graduate summer intern sponsored by the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Department and supported by the Project Co-Director James McGrath. In addition to exhibit building and social media, the main task of my internship was to create lesson plans for schoolroom use.

Because children were affected by this crisis as well, the team at Our Marathon thought it would help the healing process for children to use the Our Marathon archives—to remember and share stories in the safety of their own classrooms.  Additionally, it can be difficult for teachers to navigate the complex questions young students ask and a resource like the digital archive can work as a great tool to facilitate age appropriate discussion.

To that end, I helped create a Teaching Resources page for Our Marathon. This page showcases five lesson plans for Kindergarten through Grade 12 that utilize Letters to the City of Boston and The Copley Square Memorial collections,  and the WBUR Oral History Project as the basis for a teaching unit. These lesson plans are designed to demonstrate mastery of grade and subject appropriate Common Core Standards.

Hopefully, these assignments will generate more student submissions to the archive as well as create a platform for an important dialogue amongst students and teachers. I look forward to reading about their experiences in the Our Marathon archives.

Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, History, Information and Society, Library News and Events, Read, Listen, Watch, Research Online