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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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Mango Premiere’s Latest Release: National Geographic’s Wild Chronicles 1 in Spanish

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 18, 2015 8:30:00 AM

 

Want to take a walk on the wild side in Spanish? Join us in celebrating the latest addition to Mango Premiere’s catalogue of language-learning films: National Geographic’s Wild Chronicles 1. Got a thing for sharks? Fascinated by the science behind volcanoes? Think that polar bears are cute and fuzzy? Think again on that last one, but that’s what we’re here for. Our latest episode of Wild Chronicles is an adventure-packed 30 minutes, offering viewers a rare, up-close look at some of the most fascinating occurrences that the natural world has to offer — all while you learn and perfect your Spanish.

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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Mango

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 10, 2015 3:24:54 PM

November is Native American Heritage Month, and in our books, that’s worthy of celebration. All month long, we’ll be joining people around the country in honoring the history and contributions of American Indians and native Alaskans. This month is all about providing a platform for Native Americans to share their culture, traditions, art, and music, as well as educating the public on Native American history and contemporary life. Looking to get involved? We knew you would be. There are plenty of fun and interesting ways to participate in National Native American Heritage Month, and we’ve rounded up our top three picks to get you out there and celebrating this important occasion.

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Saddle Up for Siena's Palio Horse Race

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 6, 2015 8:30:00 AM

This week, we’re shining our cultural spotlight on the Palio, the oldest horse race in the world. Travel with us to Siena, Italy, where a twice-yearly race has been known to consume the entire region (and then some!) with its trademark passion, corruption, and competition. Whether you’re an aficionado of Italian culture or just a sucker for some good drama, the Palio is the next cultural phenomena that you’ll want to get into.

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