The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, aka “linguistic relativity” or “Whorfianism,” has reigned for some time in the past and resurges from time to time. The idea is that the language you speak determines (or influences) the way you see and understand the world around you.Read More
Subjects, verbs, and direct objects, oh my! Ever felt frustrated by any of these guys when trying to pick up a new language? (It’s OK to admit it - so have we!) The good news is, the vast majority of the approximately 6,500 languages spoken around the globe use either the SVO (subject-verb-object) or SOV (subject-object-verb) structure. This doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to conjugate your verbs or identify the correct gender of a noun, but it can provide some comfort to know that there is a familiar logic behind it all.Read More
Mango Languages uses its own unique methodology to teach languages and here are some tips for how to get the most of it from one of our very own linguists: Lilia!Read More
Polyglots, by definition, are language lovers and learners whose identity comes from learning more than one language. They often find creative ways to learn, practice, and maintain their many languages.Read More
We’ve all been there. We tell ourselves that we’re going to learn a language. We get pumped up, we gather materials, maybe we’ve even learned a bit on our own or signed up for a class. It would seem that we have everything we need to complete our language-learning mission — that is until we have to actually speak to someone in another language.Read More
Whether you simply can't contain your excitement about the Olympics or have always dreamed of learning to dance samba while sipping caipirinhas on Copacabana beach, here are some Rio basics to help you soak up this Brazilian city's unique spirit.
We have recently been sent some questions on how the tenses imperfetto and passato prossimo are used. Here are some tips which we hope will help you with the use of these two tenses.Read More
As language learners, I think we can all agree that sometimes it’s nice to trade in the usual grammar and reading exercises for something a little more entertaining. Lucky for us, it’s a known fact that watching movies, reading books, or listening to songs in our target language can be extremely beneficial for the learning process.
Here at Mango Languages, one of our core values is fundipline. Essentially, it's about enjoying the journey to greatness. In the case of polyglots, there is no one who embodies this value more than one of the organizers of the NYC Polyglot Conference, Ellen Jovin.Read More
Last weekend, we attended the first annual North American Polyglot Symposium (NAPS) in the beautiful, bilingual city of Montreal, Quebec. Montreal is a combination of Europe and the Americas with a unique culture all its own. This French-speaking city in the heart of the bilingual country of Canada was the perfect place to hold a convention for language lovers. In fact, a local news station stopped by to write a story about this polyglot event.Read More