Jillian Rodriguez

Jillian is a writer and editor out of Detroit, Michigan. She loves connecting people through new ideas, interesting stories, and good conversation. In her free time, Jillian loves to read, write, and listen to podcasts - in Spanish and in English!

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5 ways to highlight language learning on your resume.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 3, 2017 5:40:00 AM


Calling all language buffs and culture aficionados, we’ve got good news for you: you’re among the most hireable candidates out there. We know that you got into the language-learning game for the love it, but all that that love could actually translate into your dream career. You’ve already put in the hard work, now it’s your time to shine. Did you know that language skills are listed as one of the top experiences that recruiters look for on a resume?

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7 secrets to keeping your language learning resolutions in 2017.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Dec 30, 2016 6:03:00 AM

There’s something in the air, we can feel it — 2017 is going to be the year of the language learner. It’s lucky number 7: now’s the time to go all in on those language-learning aspirations you’ve been harboring away for years. While we’re all for keeping that plank challenge and penny-saving plan on your list of 2017 resolutions, the stars are aligned for language learners this year.

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10 inspiring books for language learners of all kinds.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Dec 26, 2016 5:52:00 PM

Snow is falling, the holidays are here, and we’re going into full hibernation mode. Nothing says winter like cuddling up with a warm drink and a good book  and for a language learner, every book is a new adventure. Language lovers and cultural junkies know that the magic of books is in their ability to transport you to another world  each page introduces you to new and exciting people, places, and ideas. Books that tell stories from around the world are the perfect motivation for a language learner, whether you’re gearing up for a big trip or filling your wanderlust between adventures. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 language-filled, culturally diverse books to keep your bookshelves stocked with instant inspiration.

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The global citizen's guide to 11 Christmas traditions around the world.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Dec 21, 2016 2:34:44 AM

The holiday season is upon us, and there’s magic in the air. For those who celebrate Christmas, its traditions and customs are held close to our hearts: the warmth of a crackling fire, exchanging gifts with loved ones, and the sweet smells of a Christmas feast. All around the world, people are gearing up to celebrate the big day in their own special way.

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What it’s really like to move to another country: Brazil.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Dec 16, 2016 3:03:00 AM

In today’s tech age, the answer to nearly every question is at your fingertips. You can plan vacations, weddings, and land a job all from your laptop. But there are some perspectives you can only get from another person - like what it’s really like to relocate to another country. While you can consult Google on what weather to expect, what to pack, and other “Moving 101” questions, a successful relocation requires an insider’s perspective. That’s why we’re kicking off a new series providing you with cultural insights and need-to-know information on moving to a new country.

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3-point checklist: promoting digital resources through community outreach.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Dec 12, 2016 3:54:06 AM

As a public library, serving your community is a central piece of your overall mission. Your programming, resources, and services are tailored to meet the unique needs of your patrons and transform your library into a community hub. Unique digital resources like Mango support your patrons in innovative, meaningful ways - but sometimes, those digital resources fly under the radar. In fact, we often hear from librarians that promoting their awesome catalogue of digital resources can be a struggle. 

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5 characteristics we love about language learners – and you should, too.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Dec 9, 2016 4:45:00 AM

Language learners are a rare breed. They walk among us as the adventurers, the students, and the teachers that we need to enrich lives with language and culture the world over. What exactly makes language learners the best? We’ve gathered up just five (we could go on!) undisputable reasons that language learners are way tougher, smarter, and cooler than they sometimes get credit for.

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5 awesome traditions to celebrate St. Nicholas Day.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Dec 5, 2016 10:58:53 AM

The North Pole, eight flying reindeer, cookies and milk - you might know all there is to know about Santa Claus, but what do you know about Saint Nicholas? Around the world, St. Nicholas Day is quickly approaching and celebrations are already underway. St. Nicholas Day celebrates the spirit of giving, derived from Saint Nicholas of Myra, who served as a bishop of Greece in the 4th century. Saint Nicholas was a famously giving figure, caring for children in need, struggling families, and the ill. He was also known to leave surprise gifts and coins in people’s shoes throughout his lifetime - a tradition many keep up today around this time of year.

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5 special Mango features for Higher Ed that you’ll love.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 28, 2016 6:41:00 AM

If you’ve heard of Mango Languages, you already know that we’re committed to one core purpose: enriching lives with language and culture. That’s why we’ve worked so hard to develop a language and culture-learning program that students, staff, and faculty at colleges and universities will love. Mango for Higher Ed is designed to deliver flexible, interactive, and measurable language-learning solutions for your campus.

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[Infographic] Six awesome celebrations of thanks from around the world.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 22, 2016 4:33:58 PM

Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For many of us, nothing says America quite like this belt-busting, family-friendly holiday. From the annual football game to the Macy’s Day parade, Thanksgiving is a celebration of some of the traditions and privileges our country treasures most. Here are six awesome ways other countries celebrate Thanksgiving.

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