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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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Check out Mango Conversations' New Skin

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 4, 2015 6:01:45 PM

Shedding old skin isn’t always a bad thing. When Mango sheds its skin to make way for fresher, younger skin it means making your learning faster, more dynamic, and (of course) easier on the eyes. We’re excited to announce that our Flash Client redesign goes live November 5th across all courses. From ESL Spanish to Tuvan, this upgrade equals big gains for Mango students of every inclination. A reigning champ of the tech world, we opted for a redesign because of its top speed, interactivity, and rich graphics — everything that our learners need to take their language learning to the next level. We think it’s important that when you choose Mango, your language learning is easy on the eyes (and brain). Let’s take our next-generation courses for a quick spin, shall we?

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5 Tech Settings You Need to Change Immediately When Learning a Language

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 4, 2015 3:55:15 PM

It’s a tech-centric world, and we’re just living in it. While the world around us becomes increasingly digitized and tech-based, there are still many overlooked opportunities to upgrade our lives through technology. Old habits die hard, but it’s never too late to change things for the better and step up your game.  When it comes to language learning, opportunities to integrate daily tech and learning are abound. Experts agree that authentic content is essential to language-learning success. It’s the same reason why those who study abroad learn much faster and retain longer – they’re immersed in authentic content like native speakers, real-time culture, and relevant conversation.

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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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