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Friday the 13th & Superstitions Around the World

By Jillian Rodriguez |   May 13, 2016 11:02:00 AM

If you’re anything like us, you cleared your calendar today. This year’s only Friday the 13th is finally here, and we’re ready for it. We believe that knowledge is power, and the best way to equip yourself against the spooky superstitions that keep us up at night is to educate yourself on Friday the 13th and other superstitions around the world. From avoiding contact with butterflies in Korea to Italy’s unlucky Friday the 17th, there are plenty of fascinating superstitions around the globe to keep your mind occupied all day long. 

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PLA 2016 Is Going to Be Extraordinary

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Apr 5, 2016 11:31:00 PM

 Right now, something extraordinary is happening in Denver. Librarians, you know what we're talking about. The Public Library Association 2016 PLA Conference is currently underway, and extraordinary things are happening left and right. This year’s conference is all about challenging yourself to be extraordinary – because extraordinary libraries create extraordinary communities. Now that’s a cause we can get behind, and we’re already hard at work to support your library in becoming the best it can be for your community.

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Calling All New ALA Librarians: Apply For NMRT’s 2016 Professional Development Grant

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 23, 2016 2:06:27 AM

Hey librarians, are you an ALA member? Are you also part of the New Members Round Table(NMRT)? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then first of all: we think you are so cool and we’d like to formally apply to be your best friend. But we also want you to know that there’s still time for you to apply for the 2016 Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant.

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Mango Scholarships 2016: Spreading the Word on Campus

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Start spreading the news - our college scholarship program is here! This year, Mango Languages will be offering three scholarships of $1,000 each to undergraduate and graduate students to support their educational and learning goals.

Our mission is simple: we’re asking students to share how language and culture have enriched their lives. We want to elevate the conversation around the importance of language and culture diversity in education by collecting stories and experiences from today’s generation of learners. Three deserving students will be selected to receive a Mango scholarship to support their academic goals, and we’ll leverage their stories to inspire learners everywhere to keep embracing language and cultural diversity in their everyday lives.

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Mango Scholarships 2016: Celebrating Language and Culture on Campus

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

College students, gather ‘round. We’re collecting language and culture stories around the proverbial Higher Ed campfire, and we want to hear yours.

If you know Mango (and if you don’t, we can’t wait to meet you!), you know that the work we do is fueled by our core mission of enriching lives with language and culture. We’re so excited to elevate our message and support deserving students with three Mango scholarships of $1,000 each to those currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. We know that language and cultural diversity has the power to positively impact the lives of others (it’s our mission statement!), and we want to hear your story.

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Mango 2015: A Year in Review

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 15, 2016 2:48:52 PM

It’s been another year. Ask anyone here at Mango about 2015, and you’ll get the full rundown of the growths, gains, and late nights logged this calendar year - and it’s all in the name of enriching lives with language and culture. We broke records, we upped our game, we shared infinite numbers of cat .gifs and videos with each other to make it through the madness. But you know what? We pulled off one of our best years yet, and that means more efficient, effective, and fun language-learning for you. Let’s take a closer look at the many Mango Languages wins in 2015 with a quick overview of our top six accomplishments this year.

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High-Stakes Tests Made Simple: Tips for English Learners

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 11, 2016 12:03:31 AM

When you’re an English language learner, the very idea of taking a standardized test in English can be enough to send you running for the hills. We’ll be the first to say that some of the most common academic tests in the United States are designed with native English speakers in mind, leaving many ESL test-takers feeling underprepared and overwhelmed.   But even if it feels like the deck is stacked against you, we’re here to tell you that it gets better. That daunting test you’ve been avoiding is actually entirely within your reach. In fact, with a little extra prep, finally tackling that exam could be your ticket to your dream job, an awesome education, or the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. Learning English often serves as your foot-in-the-door for your ideal career and awesome opportunities, both internationally and in the U.S, Add in awesome scores on some of the most respected English-language standardized tests, and opportunities will be abound.

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ALA MW16: New Year, New Conversations

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 3, 2016 6:06:04 PM

It’s that time of year again! The American Library Association Midwinter Meeting  is just around the corner and we’re gearing up for another awesome conference. This year, the theme for ALA is “The conversation starts here…” and we’re feeling inspired. The Midwinter conference always happens right around the new year, which means that we have resolutions on the brain. We’re harnessing the energy of ALAMW and taking it to the streets (and the web) to start a larger conversation around new year’s resolutions and language learning. Why not resolve to start some new conversations in the new year? Let’s dig into all of the January happenings around the upcoming Midwinter conference.

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Mango Languages’ Official Language, Culture, and Travel Gift Guide 2015

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Dec 18, 2015 6:51:30 PM

We all have that one person on our list that is impossible to shop for - for them, a festive mug or a pair of brand-new socks just won’t cut it. Whether it’s your trilingual cousin or your globe-trotting college roommate, there are certain people on your holiday shopping list that inspire you to step up your gift-giving game year after year.

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Save an Endangered Language: Learn Yiddish

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Dec 11, 2015 5:36:45 PM

Depending on your position in the world, mention of the Yiddish language could conjure up a range of different associations. Maybe the Laverne & Shirley theme song starts playing in your head, maybe it takes you on a journey deep into your own family history. Either way, Yiddish occupies an internationally relevant, deeply historical role - and its status as an endangered language is sounding an alarm worldwide that it’s time to take action to protect this important, culturally rich language.

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