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About Us

 

Mantra Lingua is a UK-based publisher that finds low cost solutions for today's multi-lingual classrooms.


FOR SCHOOLS IN EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, ASIA AND AFRICA!

Mantra Lingua is an award-winning publisher in London UK. We make resources for the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual classroom in UK, Sweden, Norway, USA/Canada.  We make books and posters in English and Arabic, or Tigrean or 66 other languages. We can replace English with German, French, Italian, Greek at low costs and low volumes. Most of our books are already available with Swedish replacing English.   Our dual language e-book library has 450+ e-books with audio in both languages for school and home. We can replace English easily with your language. We have nearly finalised the e-book Library for Sweden as well as Norway. Our PENpal makes any book speak so you listen page by page, in both languages! So, if you need 10 copies of any book that speak, no problem!

PRINTED BOOKS THAT TALK!

All our books, posters, stickers and cards are sound enabled. They play back audio narrations or music, and readers can also record their own voice on every page. Being the world's largest publisher of dual language books, listening as well as reading books in one's home language and another language helps language development in many bilingual parents, children, families and communities in UK, Europe, USA etc.


We ensure that digital does not replace paper, but that paper is an interface for digital. That is, we are strong believers in blended learning - partnering paper with digital for a more tactile and imaginative learning experience. This way, you are not limited by a computer screen, and there are no restrictions on size. We - or you - can produce big books, wall panels, and posters that play back audio!

 

MAKE YOUR OWN PUBLICATIONS THAT TALK!

Even though we create and publish an exciting list of learning resources, we also strongly believe in users becoming their own publishers. Our software products make self-publishing as easy as possible. Users can now easily make their own talking books, talking posters, and flash cards with audio. It gives them creative freedom to make resources for their specific classroom needs, with minimal training.
Our competence is to make technology easy. Imagine adding sound to photos, drawings, any book ... Now for the first time this is easily possible. You can make a sound enabled photobook of the school outing or family holiday in minutes!



PENPAL AND VIVOS

Our TalkingPEN devices bring audio to books, posters, and stickers. There are over 1000 publications across the school age groups in English with over 65 languages - Burmese and Karen being the latest additions. Our new viVOS Artframe adds audio to your paper based drawings, which are played back with a tap of your finger.  Drawings, diagrams, mindmaps, graphs etc., made on ordinary paper, can be enhanced with audio. The paper can be modified with tactiles such as glitter, sand paper, or even smell pads to give a multi-sensory learning experience, ideal for SEN use.  The patented PENfriend and viVOS technologies provide support and encouragement to EAL/ESOL, MFL, and SEN students, and for mainstream education. Our technologies help teachers, students, and parents to access these in a bespoke, personal display with ease. 



PARENTAL PARTICIPATION

As tech innovators, we have launched an e-book library in January 2016 under the name of Mantra Lingua KitabooCLUB. There are currently 400 publications and this will be expanded to 600 by the end of the year. There are over 40 languages represented, and KitabooCLUB is designed to include families where siblings and parents are new to English, and can learn with their children as they progress through school. Over 80 schools have already joined, and you can have a free trial to listen to stories in the home and English languages, watch a video of the story, and learn through the activities included in each book- a great way to get parental participation into the school's learning environment.

Mix e-books with their online interactivity and paper books with their PENpal activities, and the blended learning process becomes even more effective.

 

CORE COMPETENCE

Our core competence in paper based digital touch technology gives access to diverse markets. We serve the Education market as mentioned above, but also museums and heritage trails (www.discoverypen.co.uk), the bird recognition market (www.birdvoice.net), and we supply the RNIB with PENfriend, an audio labelling device that brings independence to blind and partially sighted people (www.rnib.co.uk). This video shows how valuable this best selling device is to blind people. We pride ourselves in making a number of world first products: talking photobooks, talking laundry labels that withstand 50 degrees C in detergent conditions, tactile talking books, and posters, to name a few.

 

READERSHIP AND TECHNICAL REACH

Established in 2002, we now have offices in London and Chicago (usa.mantralingua.com), as well as partners and distributors in Sweden, Norway, Spain, Australia, Canada, France, and the USA. In the USA, we are working on a "Home Languages Questionnaire in 25 languages" for New York State. In Sweden we are developing an e-reader in Swedish. 

 

In Spain we are partnering with "Kids for Us" - an English Language franchisor using PENpal.

We are continually striving to learn more, do more, and be more. Our technology continues to develop, and our range of resources continues to grow. In 2004 we developed digitally printed, sound enabled books, the only ones of their kind in the world. In 2008 we introduced PENfriend for blind people; in 2010 we made low cost digital technology for small museums and heritage houses; and in 2016, we have introduced the world's largest dual language e-book library.

We work in partnerships and welcome you to enter a world of endless possibilities with Mantra Lingua. We believe in invention with social responsibility, mixed with a huge dose of fun! Our patents are for PENfriend (PCT/GB2009/001040) and for viVOS Artframe (GB2519127A)

We donate to a number of charities, some on a long term basis, others on a crises cause. Included are: Naldic, Ruth Hayman Trust, DEC Nepal, DEC Syria, DEC Gaza, and Pardada Pardadi (Indian School for village girls). We are founding members of the 'British Assistive Technology Association' (BATA), members of BESA (British Education Suppliers Association), and the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).