Britta Wilhelmsen

Britta is a University of Michigan graduate, currently living and working in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. When she's not busy teaching English to business professionals or writing for Mango, you can find her enjoying the sun in one of Buenos Aires' beautiful parks and/or studying Spanish in her free time. Like many mangos, she believes that language consistently makes life more colorful.

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4 interesting facts about Hanukkah you may have not known.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Dec 19, 2016 3:11:11 PM

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, and at the Mango Grove, spirits are high. The beauty of working around other polyglots is that we’re constantly learning new ways to say “Happy Holidays.” This week, we’re getting ready to say חנוכה שמח! (Happy Hanukkah!) It’s a festive, 8-day-long celebration that you might associate with the lighting of the menorah, chocolate coins, or perhaps the spinning dreidel. There’s a lot more to Hanukkah than just chocolate and dreidels, however - so grab some family, cozy up, and let’s dive into the story behind the beloved Jewish holiday.

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4 great reasons to integrate language learning into your corporate culture.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Dec 14, 2016 3:03:00 AM

Believe it or not, only 18% of Americans speak more than one language. Compare that to 56% of Europeans, and it becomes pretty clear that we still have some catching up to do in the polyglot department. That’s why being multilingual in the U.S. is so valuable - not just for personal development, although it certainly has a long list of benefits there - but also for any business looking to expand and increase revenue.

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3 ways healthcare can benefit from more language learners.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Dec 7, 2016 5:02:00 AM

What do doctors, nurses, pharmacy care technicians, and physical therapists all have in common? Besides working hard around the clock to ensure we all stay healthy and happy, they are also tasked with providing the same quality care to everyone - regardless of ethnicity, gender, or native language. Let’s face it: health issues aren’t always fun, and hospital visits can cause a great deal of stress. But when a patient is able to communicate with medical staff in their own language, it can make a world of difference on both sides.

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4 ways language training will help your company build better relationships.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Dec 3, 2016 6:09:00 AM

Back in July, our very own Brian Rovito hosted a free webinar discussing the benefits of integrating language learning into the corporate environment. Going into 2017, it’s more important than ever to put language training at the forefront of corporate initiatives. Why? Two words: relationship building.

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4 key benefits of having Mango Languages on your campus.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Dec 2, 2016 6:03:00 AM

Here at the Mango grove, we’re proud to say that we’ve helped over 300 academic institutions add a little more language and culture love to their campuses. From dozens of prospective study abroad candidates to those squeezing in some extra training before that tough Italian exam, Mango has been there for students in their times of need. Now that more and more academic libraries are embracing digital resources as integral parts of their collection, there’s never been a better time to snag a Mango Languages subscription for your campus. Here are just a few of the benefits that can come from Mango-fying your student body.

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Branding your library: 5 effective ways to build partnerships with local schools.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Nov 30, 2016 6:02:00 AM

Whether you’re located in a sprawling urban setting or a small rural area, every library can benefit from establishing a strong partnership with local school systems. From sharing e-resources to hosting themed educational events, getting involved with the schools in your community could be your ticket to bringing in more excited patrons in 2017. We’ve put together a few ways to connect with those schools, get your name out there, and help them see just what makes your library so great. Trust us - it’ll be a win-win for everyone involved.

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Navigating an unknown language: key phrases to learn in any new country.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Nov 16, 2016 3:03:00 AM

When you’re a proud language and culture aficionado like us, traveling the world isn’t so much a pastime for you but a necessity of life. If you’ve ever walked the streets in a country where your target language is spoken, it can feel wonderful and empowering to communicate with the locals - but we know that’s not always the case. Sometimes you’re a French speaker on vacation in China, or maybe you’re studying Russian but find yourself in Brazil for a business trip. It can feel stressful, but learning a few of these key phrases in any language will help you breathe a little easier.

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4 reasons why Millennials should care about learning languages.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Nov 14, 2016 1:34:24 PM

We’re looking at you, Generation Y. In today’s globally interconnected world, Millennials play a key role in shaping everything from important technical advancements to foreign policy practices. They’re the most diverse, culturally curious generation we’ve seen so far - and while they can connect instantly with someone else a continent away, there is still progress to be made as far as the number of multilingual speakers that have emerged. If you’re a Millennial, we’re here to change that.

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Your cheat sheet to speaking Spanish like a pro in 3 different countries.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Nov 3, 2016 1:03:00 AM

Just when you think you’ve mastered a language, you travel to a country where the dialect varies slightly from what you learned - and suddenly it feels like you’re back at square one. Sound familiar? Spanish is a perfect example.

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3 important ways Día de los Muertos is not Halloween.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Oct 28, 2016 7:55:39 PM

Here at the Mango office, spirits are high: there’s only a couple days left until we don our Halloween costumes and add the finishing touches to the haunted decor. If you’re anything like us, you love this time of year too - so it might not come as a surprise that the United States has been the top country for Halloween celebrations for decades now. What about the rest of the world? You may have heard of the popular Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which bears certain resemblances to our Halloween. In fact, many assume they are the same holiday, when in fact their origins (and methods of celebration) are quite different.

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