Vacation Policies Abroad: What Your Assignee Needs to Know Before They Take a Summer Vacation

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 4, 2016 10:30:42 AM

Similar to your assignee’s favorite brunch order at their local restaurant, vacationing abroad is best served sunny-side up. And regardless of how the weather is behaving in your neck of the woods (we’re still bundled up here in Michigan!), the summer sun is fast-approaching.

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Promoting Language Learning for Children

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 3, 2016 12:34:15 PM

While we love language learners in all shapes and sizes, there’s nothing quite like seeing a child switch effortlessly between multiple languages. Early language learning has become increasingly relevant in recent years, with more children becoming interested in other cultures at an early age (shout out to Dora the Explorer) and more parents committed to raising their children speaking multiple languages. Not only does this provide you plenty of opportunities to see children speaking multiple languages (always adorable) but it provides a great opportunity to get families involved at your library.

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What to Expect at this Year's Polyglot Gathering

By Melanie Moore |   Apr 29, 2016 2:30:00 PM

There are conferences and gatherings for a plethora of communities popping up everywhere these days. From anime to zoo-keeping you can find a community and a cause for any of your interests. Check out a few of the events and talks that we're excited to see at this year's Polyglot Gathering.

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Top Jobs for Recent Grads (and the Language Skills They'll Need to Succeed)

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 28, 2016 10:49:33 AM

Graduation season is upon us: everywhere on campus, seniors are wrapping up final papers, saying their goodbyes to beloved professors and getting measured for graduation caps and gowns. The class of 2016 is an especially lucky one, since they’re entering a job market where the unemployment rate for recent grads is the lowest it’s been since June 2008. But even with this promising outlook, they’ll still need certain skills to get some of the best jobs out there. And yes, while being a whiz at Excel can still help a student out, being multilingual can be an even bigger boost.

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How to Establish an Assignee Return Network

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 27, 2016 11:01:31 AM

It’s a universal truth that home is where the heart is. But for assignees abroad, knowing exactly where their hearts really lie can be a tad confusing upon returning from an assignment, especially for those who worked abroad for extended periods of time.

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Benefits of Community Movie Viewings at Your Library

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 26, 2016 10:27:36 AM

Let’s face it--your movie collection is often an unsung hero at your library. While your patrons have started to think outside the book and indulge in digital resources and makerspace offerings, your movie collection has fallen to the wayside. However, there are lot of unique benefits movies and movie screenings can bring to your patrons both culturally and academically that shouldn’t be ignored. Here are a few ways movie viewings can help strengthen your library’s community and can truly help your patrons bond. James Bond.

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Interview with a Polyglot: Judith Meyer

By Melanie Moore |   Apr 25, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Judith Meyer — a polyglot, computational linguist, and entrepreneur is a “polyglot of all trades.” She was able to take time out of her incredibly busy schedule to give us some insight into her life and the success she’s had with language learning.

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PLA 2016 VIP Party Dance Moves [Infographic]

By Nicole Choinski |   Apr 21, 2016 6:40:19 PM

A few short weeks ago, Mango threw a big, blowout bash for all of our librarian friends who were attending the PLA 2016 Conference in Denver, CO. We took over Ophelia's Electric Soapbox for the evening, and it was truly a night to remember. Dropping sweet beats from the stage was the one and only DJ Kevin "Professor Pop" King from Kalamazoo Public Library. Over 500 librarians/party animals joined us over the course of the evening; they boogied, we hustled, and together we all broke it down on the dance floor.

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Monitoring and Reporting Students' Mango Usage: What to Look For

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 21, 2016 10:32:34 AM

If you’re a librarian already using Mango, you’re probably familiar with our administrative dashboard. It’s where you can go to find information about how students are using Mango, how much time they’re spending and what languages are most popular. It’s a sneak peek into the language-learning lives of your student body: who knew they were so into learning Koine Greek?

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Helping Your Assignee Find a Speaking Partner

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 20, 2016 11:50:39 AM

Be it sauerkraut and Würst, spaghetti and polpette, or chocolate and crêpes, the best things in life come in pairs—and language partnerships are no exception. If your assignee isn’t yet comfortable speaking the language of their future assignment location, finding a speaking partner in a spouse, coworker or friend prior to reassignment can be one of the best (and fun!) ways to adapt to a new culture before ever getting off the plane. Here are three situations where your assignee can practice their new language before packing up their suitcases and saying that final adieu to the United States.

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