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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Nyepi: Celebrate the Balinese New Year with a day of total silence.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   March 31, 2017

Never celebrated New Year’s at the end of March? Now’s your chance. The Nyepi festival in Bali, Indonesia welcomes the start of the Balinese New Year on March 28th, but festivities last for a total of 6 days - and we’ll bet it’s like nothing you’ve experienced before. Hint: the Indonesian word nyepi means “day of silence,” and the Balinese take it pretty seriously. 

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6 companies that are setting the bar high for diversity and cultural awareness.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   March 30, 2017

Let’s state the obvious: when coworkers are able to share different stories, backgrounds, and beliefs, it creates a better, more dynamic workplace. Take it from us - the Mango Grove wouldn’t be half as productive if we all came from the same tree. That said, there’s a difference between simply wanting more diversity in the workplace and actually achieving it. These 6 corporate companies fall into the second group, and they’re only going up from here.

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Promote Mango to all ages at your library with these 5 strategies.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   March 18, 2017

Did you know March is National Reading Month? Around the country, libraries and schools are celebrating in full swing by hosting fun events, contests, and book spotlights. All this buzz around reading and literacy presents a great excuse to amp up your library’s promotional strategy. Engaging patrons of all ages can be a challenge, though - especially when it comes to promoting unique e-resources like Mango.

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Explore the Emerald Isle with Mango’s St. Patrick’s Day Irish course.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   March 15, 2017

Irish or not, the month of March always has us feeling extra lucky. Maybe it’s because winter is almost over, or maybe we just love drinking those shamrock shakes - but there’s something about St. Patrick’s Day that we just can’t get enough of. In honor of this great green holiday, we’re celebrating in true Mango fashion by highlighting our St. Patrick’s Day specialty course designed to bring you a taste of the Irish without hurting your wallet.

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Moving abroad? Here’s why you should drop everything and learn the language first.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   March 6, 2017

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from being polyglots (and meeting countless others), it’s that language learning and wanderlust go hand in hand. There are a variety of reasons to study a second language — even without the incentive of travel. It can open up new job opportunities in your home country, you’ll gain valuable phonetic skills, and it’s a nice boost for your cultural IQ - just to name a few.

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Five Global Carnival Celebrations That Might Give Rio a Run for Its Money

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   February 25, 2017

The ever-anticipated Carnival season is finally here, and you can bet that countries around the world are already geared up and ready to go. From endless parades to intricately designed masks and musical competitions, there is always something to love about Carnival no matter where you choose to celebrate it.

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5 essential tech tools for language learning.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   January 19, 2017

Welcome to the Digital Age, where computers, smartphones, and fitbits have already revolutionized the way we interact and exchange information. Thanks to technical advancements like these, it’s now easier than ever to learn a new skill with just a few clicks - and language learning is no exception. The fact that 90% of students now have access to a mobile device and/or computer has given traditional, paper-based learning systems a run for their money.

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2 technologies shaping modern language learning that will blow your mind.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   January 10, 2017

Technology is the future, and boy do we know it here at Mango. It already plays a huge role in the ever-changing world of language learning, from long conversations via Skype to informational podcasts on a Sunday afternoon. While we’ve already adapted to many of these tech products and know how to use them well, there are still other technologies out there that you might not even be aware of. Here are a couple that are truly paving the way for the future of language learning.

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How to celebrate New Year’s from anywhere in the world.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   December 28, 2016

We can’t believe it, but it’s already time to wrap up 2016 and look ahead to 2017. A lot can happen in a year - joyful moments, stressful ones, a few tough decisions, and maybe new chapters beginning or ending. All around the world, different cultures ring in the New Year in different ways, and it certainly doesn’t all happen on the eve of December 31st. In fact, many regions celebrate the New Year in September, or even April. So, grab a glass of champagne, and let’s toast to 2017 with the help of these unique celebrations from all corners of the globe.

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3 Swahili Phrases to Learn in Honor of Kwanzaa This Year

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   December 23, 2016

It’s not often that four major world holidays overlap, but when they do, it’s cause for four times the celebration. We took a moment to discover a little more about Kwanzaa, and the language that makes it so colorful, in honor of its upcoming celebration from December 26th to January 1st.

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