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TAMIU's Guide to Mango's Successful Launch

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Oct 7, 2015 3:43:17 PM

They say you shouldn’t mess with Texas, but we’ve always had a rebellious streak. When it comes to Academic libraries, we just can’t seem to stay away. Mango Languages and Higher Ed have proven to go together as well as chocolate and peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and even, dare we say, Batman and Robin. Across North America, more and more campuses are choosing Mango to support global diversity and promote language-learning among their students, faculty, and even alumni. With free, fully-integrated mobile apps, conversation-based methodology, language-learning through films, and more,  Mango is perfectly suited to support the highly-motivated, on-the-go, diverse learners on today’s modern campus. That’s why we’re thrilled to see Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) recent press release documenting the successful launch of Mango Languages on their campus. Curious what inspired TAMIU to bring Mango to their campus library, and their best practices for promoting it to students and faculty? Let’s dig in.

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Celebrating National Talk Like a Pirate Day At Your Library

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Sep 14, 2015 10:33:51 AM

It’s that time of year again! National Talk Like a Pirate Day is just around the corner and now’s the time for your library to get in the spirit. This lighthearted holiday is a Mango favorite, and not just because it gives us an excuse to arrive at work in full costume. Our love affair with Talk Like a Pirate Day began back in 2011 when we first debuted our Pirate course. Using Mango’s signature methodology, users learn to start speaking Pirate, learn all about Pirate culture, and everything else you need to know to “parlay” in perfect Pirate.

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Language Learner Spotlight: Mango Meiyi

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jun 1, 2015 9:41:05 AM

Mango's own Meiyi Cheng speaks Mandarin, English, and Brazilian Portuguese.
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Mango Spotlight: Digital Badges at Florida International University

By Jillian Rodriguez |   May 12, 2015 11:19:11 AM

When we hear a great idea, we can’t help but share it. When we hear a great idea from one of our very own clients, we’re known to mount our virtual soapbox and spread the good word. Get ready for your closeup, Florida International University (FIU), we’re shining a spotlight on you and your good deeds done in language learning. And if you’re a Mango client looking to increase awareness and usage on your campus, we suggest you whip out a notebook and start taking notes.

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Latin Isn't Dead: Four Reasons to Start Learning Today

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Apr 29, 2015 3:56:27 PM

If there’s one thing that really gets us in a tizzy, it’s an under-appreciated language. We’ve heard through the grapevine that some people think that the Latin language is — this is very hard for us to say — dead, and we have to speak up in its defense. With roots as far back as 75 BC, classical Latin birthed the Romance languages and serves as the founding language of science, philosophy, theology, law, logic, and even politics. If that’s not enough for you, Latin is also the base of half of the English language, and learning it has proven to dramatically broaden your vocabulary and deepen your understanding of English grammar.

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This Week in Libraries: Meet the Creators of TWIL.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Apr 14, 2015 10:12:49 AM

In the library world, the creators of This Week in Libraries (TWIL) are basically celebrities. Hosts and creators Jaap van de Geer and Erik Boekesteijn have created a unique space to highlight and discuss the latest and greatest happenings in libraries around the globe. Whether they’re chatting with the Smithsonian’s Michael Edson or local librarians who are revolutionizing the industry, this internet video show covers everything from digitization to library design and marketing. They even virtually sat down with our very own Robert Thayer, Mango’s Director of Public Libraries Division (check it out here!) to discuss the role of libraries in education and language learning. We decided to turn the tables on these global library gurus and shine the spotlight on them. We called up Jaap and Eric and chatted with them about TWIL, library advocacy, and the state of language learning on their side of the pond.

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Meet the Fixies, Mango Premiere's newest release.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Apr 8, 2015 4:21:14 PM

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10 Ways to Spot a Language Learner in Your Library

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Apr 2, 2015 6:20:21 AM

They walk among us. Prone to slipping into a second language mid-sentence and nearly tipping over from their giant stack of dictionaries, DVDs, and foreign-language novels, the trained eye can detect a language learner from across a crowded library. Once you learn to spot a language learner, you can change their lives for the better by introducing them to your library’s Mango subscription and all of the (totally free!) resources the software has to offer. Whether you deck out the foreign-language film section with Mango shelf talkers or hand out flyers and freebies at the circulation desk, it’s time to zero in on your library’s language-learners and connect them to their new favorite library resource. We've put together a list of the most notorious habits of language-learners and how to spot them in your library.

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Learn Shakespearean English with Mango’s Latest Course.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Mar 23, 2015 1:42:34 PM

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Dear Mangos, we’re siding with Shakespeare (or more specifically, we’re siding with Malvolio, reading Maria’s letter in Twelfth Night) on this one. We think you were all born great, will achieve greatness, and because we really love you, we’re here to thrust greatness upon you.

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Mango Premiere Goes Wild: National Geographic’s Wild Chronicles.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Mar 6, 2015 11:44:06 AM


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