Is it all Greek to you?

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Sep 27, 2016 3:21:03 PM

Much of the fun in learning a new language is being able to communicate and connect with others on an entirely new level. But while reaching a new level of understanding is awesome, the journey usually involves a lot of misunderstandings as well. Naturally, languages develop notable ways to express these inevitable misunderstandings. These expressions often reference other languages and become common within the culture. In English, one such phrase happens to be, “It’s all Greek to me.” With our curiosity piqued, we decided to take a deeper dive into the origin of this idiom and others like it.

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Guest post by Dr. Michael Pasquale: How to learn a language.

By Dr. Michael Pasquale |   Sep 23, 2016 8:03:00 AM

Special guest post from Michael Pasquale, Ph.D professor of linguistics at Cornerstone University.  Read in his words: why learning a new language can seem like a daunting task, but you can be successful if you follow a few simple ideas. 

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Oktoberfest: The world’s largest folk festival.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Sep 19, 2016 3:11:17 PM

Last month, we brought you a virtual tour of Spain’s infamous tomato-throwing festival that is La Tomatina. As the leaves start to change color and the wind gets a little brisker, we’re throwing on our lederhosen and heading a few countries east to celebrate the coming of fall. Can you guess our destination? It’s none other than the raucous, delicious, culture-infused annual Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

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The relationship between language learning and academic success.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Sep 14, 2016 6:23:00 PM

In a recent blog post, we examined several benefits of introducing young children to a second language while they’re still in the K-8 stage. Parents, if there are still any lingering doubts, we’re here to squash them - it’s been proven that language learning not only means increased standardized test scores, but directly correlates to overall higher academic achievement. In fact, dabbling in another language improves cognitive function in areas you might not realize (we’re talking math and science, people!) Read on to discover even more about the academic power of language learning, but be warned: you might just find yourself enrolling your student in a Mango course by the end.

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Interview with Alex Vera.

By Melanie Moore |   Sep 12, 2016 8:38:00 PM

What is a third culture kid? Is it a child who has been raised in three different cultures? Is it a child who lives in a third-world country? Alex Vera talks to us about his experience as a third culture kid and how this term has evolved over the years.

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Benefits of K-8 aged children learning a language.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Sep 9, 2016 3:05:00 PM

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it’s never too late to start learning a new language. Becoming a polyglot offers social and cognitive benefits at any stage of life, whether you’re in high school, at the peak of your professional career, or recently retired. That being said, there is certainly an ideal time to begin a new language — when the brain most easily absorbs new sounds and patterns — and all this happens during a child’s K-8 years. Here are a few of the many advantages of starting them out young.

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6 classics of Spanish literature to (literally) check out at your library.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Sep 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Want to roam the Spanish countryside with Quixote? Break out of a prison tower in Poland? Search for true love with Fermina Daza? If you’re anything like us, your love for language and culture doesn’t stop at simply learning a new language. Your love affair with the world means that you seek out stories from all over the globe, and you see the library as a magical portal to some of the greatest literature in history.

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Language mentoring 101.

By Melanie Moore |   Sep 2, 2016 6:11:30 PM

Have you heard of language mentoring? Our latest guest on the Mango Languages podcast will give you a crash course. Lydia Machova explains how she encourages and motivates language learners to reach their language goals.

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An inside look into Spain’s messiest festival.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Aug 31, 2016 12:35:00 PM

When you hear the word “festival,” a few different things might come to mind. Perhaps you think of Germany’s infamous Oktoberfest celebrations, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, or a huge sports event such as Wimbledon. For a Spaniard, however, the word might conjure up a slightly more wacky image. We’re talking about La Tomatina - commonly known as the world’s biggest food fight.

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Become a pirate for our #LibraryLubber video contest and win an iPad Pro!

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Aug 29, 2016 1:08:36 PM

We love the world’s cultures too much to say we have a favorite holiday. But if we had to pick, International Talk Like a Pirate Day would be the one. Every year we anxiously await Sep. 19, when we get to break out our eyepatches, exchange our cash for gold doubloons, and conduct all office communication with plenty of s’arrrcasm. We want to spread the fun, so this year we’re calling on all aspiring buccaneers to learn the language, record their own pirate escapades, and post their creation to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LibraryLubber. The prize? The ultimate treasure for any library lubbin’ pirate – an iPad Pro.

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