Jillian Rodriguez

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Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day!

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Sep 10, 2014 12:18:18 AM


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We're Hiring!

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Sep 5, 2014 11:18:48 AM

The rumors are true: Mango Languages is hiring. We’ve got a number (8, specifically!) of diverse and interesting positions currently open, and we couldn’t be more excited to expand the Mango family tree. From an Incubator Intern to an Account Executive to a Bilingual Customers Relations Team Lead, we’re looking high and low for potential Mangos of all varieties. Do you love language, culture, innovation, and weekly Fiesta Fridays? We do, too.

First, let us introduce ourselves. Mango Languages creates lovable language-learning experiences for libraries, schools, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. Mango’s software teaches real conversations in over 60 languages and makes it fun; no snoozefests here. Users learn to speak new languages and meet new cultures through authentic experiences like overhearing a conversation between native speakers, watching a suspense-ridden action flick, or singing along with a romantic pop song.

What’s so special about working for Mango? We believe in enjoying the journey to greatness, and we pride ourselves on nurturing a fun-loving environment with exceptional, hardworking employees who work as hard as they play. When you work for us, everyday is an adventure. Whether you’re learning a new language, indulging in unique cultures, or repping one of our signature loud and proud t-shirts, you’re going to love your job and your job will love you right back.

Mangos are a special breed, and CEO Jason Teshuba distills exactly what makes the Mango team tick, “Whenever we hire, we are always looking for people with that creative spark and fire in their belly…our greatest innovation is that of management, leadership and business. At Mango, we take risks and work hard to bring a worthy vision to life. Every day brings with it new challenges and opportunities and we work together as a team to bring the worthy vision to life.”

Sounds pretty exciting, right? We love our work, and we know you will too. We’re a fun and passionate group that wants to change the world by enriching lives with language and culture. So, expect to learn new languages, participate in cultural potlucks, and meet people from around the world – every single day. Tough life, right?

Check out our Careers page and explore our current openings, then click Apply Now to send your resume and information. Interested in learning more about our company culture? We’re always updating our Facebook, Twitter, and blog with language-learning resources (and jokes!), product announcements, and shenanigans from the Grove. We even recently did a company-wide Ice Bucket Challenge – and yes, it’s embarrassing. But we had fun, and we enjoyed the journey to ice-cold water. It’s in our core values, so we kind of had no choice.

Speaking of core values, we run on six fundamental ideals. These values inspire us daily, motivate our work, and set us apart from any other company and team out there. You’ll embrace these ideas in your everyday work, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll apply them to the rest of your life, too. Who needs self-help books when your guiding principles are this awesome?

Core Values:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit- Take risks and work hard to bring a worthy vision to life
  • Innovation- Think creatively to change the world
  • Integrity- Act in alignment for the greater good
  • Fundipline- Enjoy the journey to greatness
  • Quality-Practice excellence and kaizen (改善)
  • Positive Attitude- Take personal responsibility to create a healthy environment


That’s the recipe to creating a lifelong Mango, and we’d love to have you join us on the journey to greatness. We promise that our application and interview process is painless, fun, and pretty exciting. Apply now – we can’t wait to meet you!

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8 Essential ESL Supports for School Success

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Sep 3, 2014 3:18:56 PM

Sharpen up those No. 2 pencils, school is back in session. The academic experience is different for every student, and for ESL (English as a Second Language) students, school becomes the focal point of their language and culture learning – for better or worse. We love our ELL (English Language Learners – you get two fancy names!) students, and we’ve consulted our in-house experts on the secrets to achieving ESL success in school. A brand new school year has just begun, and we’re here to help ESL/ELL students make it the best one ever.

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Mango's Guide to Digital Language

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Aug 12, 2014 4:53:23 PM

If there’s one thing we take pride in, it’s our knowledge of languages. Far and wide, popular and obscure; we keep up with all of them. The Digital Age is upon us, and we’re all for increasing our literacy in the language of the inter-webs.

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Scottish Gaelic for Outlander Fans: We've got you covered.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jul 25, 2014 3:11:54 PM

When it comes to our customers, there’s a lot to love. We love their feedback, their language-learning stories, and we love their pop culture recommendations. Language lovers tend to fall for the same media over and over again – if it’s packed with rich culture, evocative history, and just a touch of foreign language, we’re hooked. So when a customer calls and tells us her patrons are logging onto Mango®'s Scottish Gaelic course in droves, we know that something great must be in the works.

Some of you may call us late to the party, but the rest of you will call us tomorrow to swap Twitter handles for the big premiere. Language lovers, Scotland enthusiasts, temporarily-displaced Game of Thrones die-hards: Outlander is the next big thing. And for those of you who have already read the entire book series, no spoilers. We’ll be spending the next few weeks trying to catch up on all eight books before the show's premiere on August 9th, so if you need us, send a carrier pigeon or something. We're trying to keep things historically accurate while we binge-read our way through the series.

Here’s the basic rundown. Outlander is a fantastical journey through the highlands of Scotland, circa 1743. It's time travel, romance, adventure, and history all rolled into one epic story – and the first full episode will be available for free on Starz.com starting August 2nd. The book series is already an international best-seller with some 25 million fans worldwide, and those loyal readers know that if you aren't saying Je Suis Prest on the regular, you’re not doing it right. That’s where we come in.

Mango’s Scottish Gaelic course will walk you through the everyday conversations and phrases that you’re likely to read and hear throughout the Outlander series. Instead of just chalking up the Gaelic phrases to charming authenticity, learn their meaning and immerse yourself in Scotland’s rich culture and history. You can be that guy at the viewing party pointing out historical inaccuracies and providing context to dated phrases and language nuances. Even BuzzFeed is getting in on the Gaelic learning game (check out #8!). Linguistics make everything more fun.

So mark your calendars: we’re busy on August 2nd, and you should be, too. Until the big day, devote your summer reading list to catching up on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, join the Outlander fandom on their community page, and use Mango to practice your Scottish Gaelic at the beach, on your commute, or wherever your summer adventures take you. Let’s hope it’s to the highlands of Scotland, where you’ll encounter a time-traveling nurse named Claire. We hear she's your girl if you're trapped in another century with a really bad cold. Slàinte mhath!

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Meet Your Mangos: Eon Rodrigo

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jul 23, 2014 2:55:04 PM

Listen, language and culture, it’s time to stop hogging the limelight. Sure, you’re endlessly fascinating and enriching, but so are the people who bring you to life with fun, effective language-learning resources. We’re talking about the awesome brainiacs (okay, mad scientists) that make up the Mango family tree. They’re bright, bold, and just the right amount of crazy, and it’s time to shine a spotlight on the Mangos in the Grove.

We’re kicking things off with the man behind the Mango. Eon Rodrigo is our brilliant In-house Designer; it’s been said he was born with a silver pencil in his hand, and he’s the reason Mango’s newly redesigned user portal makes you feel all warm, fuzzy, and motivated inside. We revoked his Photoshop privileges for the hour to pick his brain, talk shop, and try to get some dirt on him. Instead, we’re just crossing our fingers for an invite to Eon’s Friday night hang-outs; filled with good food, friends, and whiskey.

Tell us what you do at Mango.

I'm the In-house Designer at Mango Languages. I have my hands in many different aspects of the company, from design, marketing, and brand identity development all the way to UI/UX (translation: User Interface, User Experience). Working for Mango is the first time I'm working as a design professional. I've been with the company for almost 3 years and I have learned so much from marketing to branding and now, product design.

Mango’s new user portal is awesome, and you designed it. Talk about that process.

At first, I was only assigned to create the language icons on the Mango Connect user portal, but looking at the project as a whole, it inspired me to work on everything from the menu all the way down to the course cards. I wanted the language icons to give you this feeling that you’re looking out of an airplane window towards your destination, and you can see a landmark in the distance. I feel that if we try to evoke this feeling of adventure and exploration out of the interface, it adds to the motivation of our users to really engage in learning a new language.

It's also now more user-friendly because we've reduced the steps it takes to get in and get started. Before, as a user, it would take seven clicks just to get to a course. Now, it only takes three. It's also easier to log in or create an account from within Mango Connect. It was exciting for me to take on the challenge of weaving our marketing into the product so that we as a company can better communicate with our users.

Now let’s talk about you. Tell us about your interests, background, and – of course – your language and culture.

I was born in the town of Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines which has now grown into a bustling city. I moved to the U.S. when I was 12 years old. I speak Tagalog (national language of the Philippines), Ilocano (another language of the Philippines), and English.

Growing up, I used to go to an internet cafe with friends to play video games. One day, the owner of the cafe was working on something on the computer and out of curiosity, I asked what it was. This is when I was introduced to Photoshop. It was intriguing for me to see how you can create art on the computer. As a kid, I grew up drawing and sketching. So much so that I would get teased and people would say I came out of my mom's womb holding a pencil. Just the idea of creating something from nothing is almost freeing in a way, it’s therapeutic.

Outside of Mango, I enjoy doing art, drinking good whiskey, eating good food, and traveling. I have this belief that food is what really brings people together from all over the world. I think food is a great reflection of the different cultures that the world has to offer. In my down time, when I'm not stuffing my face and getting culturally intimate with food, I cut hair, which is something I find peace in when nothing else works. I'm also into sneakers, cars, and the art of rhyming. Anything that involves some kind of creativity, I find fascinating.

Final question: why Mango?

I love working at Mango because of the company culture and the people that work here. I wake up every day eager to learn something new. I get excited knowing that I have room for growth personally and professionally within the company. It's a great feeling when parts of my ideas end up inside the product. I love when we have Cultural Potlucks and everyone brings in food from their own culture. Without fail, I always get seconds and I end up loving and hating myself at the same time for over eating.

Sometimes, it’s a bit surreal for me that I design for a living. It's like a mixture of delight, disbelief, and amazement. It's like having a pile of puzzle pieces and the one you happen to grab fits perfectly with what you've put together so far.

That’s how we feel about you, Eon – you were Mango's missing puzzle piece (awww!). Stay tuned for more Meet Your Mangos, coming soon!

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Five scientifically proven ways to keep you motivated when learning a new language.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jul 9, 2014 9:47:48 AM

Science makes the world go round, and language learning is no exception. We’re always looking to pull back the curtain and explore the magic behind successful, effective language-learning. A recent article published by The Guardian explains why motivation is key when learning a new language, and why wanting to learn is so important. If you’re in a summer slump or simply looking to up the ante on your language-learning ambitions, we've gathered up five scientifically proven methods to increase motivation and enjoy more language-learning success. On your mark, get set, go: here’s your formula for achieving language-learning success.

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Happy Independence Day, From Us to You.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jul 4, 2014 11:11:40 AM

Three cheers for the red, white, and blue. Today is July 4th, 2014, and on this day in history, the United States of America declared independence from Britain and put our country on the path to freedom. But you already knew that, judging from that star-spangled t-shirt and American flag temporary tattoo plastered across your face. We’re right there with you.

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We Can't Wait for ALA 2014!

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jun 20, 2014 9:59:43 AM

Chicago, Anaheim, New Orleans, D.C: we've been all across the country with ALA. The American Library Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition has left its mark on some of America’s top destination cities, and next up is Vegas. The casinos, the entertainment, the spectacle of lights, the over 1.2K librarian attendees confirmed on Facebook alone – it’s going to be an awesome six days.

If you’re attending ALA 2014, you’ll spend your days expanding your social network, building your knowledge, and improving your profession. Surrounded by the country’s most motivated, influential, and attractive (hey, it’s true) librarians and related professionals, you’ll network all day and party all night. This year’s conference theme is Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves – and what better place for some transformation than Sin City? Vegas’ reputation precedes it, and we’re excited to see how the strip’s contagious adrenaline and bottomless opportunity inspires you throughout the conference. We've already harnessed our inner Vegas and this year, Team Mango is celebrating ALA 2014 in World Cup fashion – and we want you to join us.

Since the World Cup began, you've likely encountered the top-volume cheers, jeers, and downright screams of die-hard World Cup fans at your local bars, around your neighborhood, or even at work (especially if you’re a Mango!) We take full responsibility for our actions, and we’ve loved every minute of the craziness. During ALA 2014, stop by booth #1163 and catch World Cup fever, Mango style. We’ll deck you out in beads, raise a mango smoothie, and say “saúde” to all the latest offerings from Mango™.

Long-term Mango customers and prospective recruits alike are invited to come hang out at our booth and explore the new happenings from Mango, including extended content in 30 languages, a new specialty course collection (Soccer Celebration in Brazilian Portuguese, anyone?), and language-learning through movies (demo Mango Premiere here!). We’re also excited to introduce our course placement tests, apps for Kindle® and Nook®, and exclusive soccer-themed swag, reserved for our ALA comrades only. Mango’s offerings are all designed to provide effective, lovable language-learning resources to libraries and their patrons, and we’re constantly evolving to better serve your institutions. It’s what we do, and we love it.

You know what else we like to do? Party.

All day long and into the night, Mango will be fueling your fun with fab freebies, fruity smoothies, and free month trials of Mango – and come Saturday night, we’re partnering with EveryLibrary and Treehouse to throw a Vegas-style VIP party for all ALA attendees. Join us Saturday, June 28th from 9pm – 2am (that’s right, we stay up late) at the Arts Factory for a night of dancing, drinking (open bar!), and oh yeah – magic tricks. It’s Vegas, so we hired a magician. Bring your conference badge, bring your dancing shoes, and bring your camera – after all, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you Instagram it (#ALAAC14).

We’ll learn all day and dance all night, raising a glass (or a few!) to another fabulous year in the wonderful world of libraries. ALA 2014 is almost here – we’ll see you soon!

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Let the Fun Begin: The Annual 2014 ALA Conference After-Hours Party

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jun 4, 2014 10:09:00 AM

We know one thing to be true: Mangos just wanna have fun. Mango wasn’t around in 1983, so we have to forgive Cyndi Lauper for overlooking us – but that won’t stop us from having some fun when the working day is done. This year, the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition is headed to Vegas, and we’re ready to party. All day long and into the night, Mango will be fueling your fun with fab freebies, fruity smoothies (stop by and see us at booth #1163!), and most importantly – our annual ALA After Hours party.

We’re thrilled to take on Vegas with the country’s finest library leaders – after all, this year Mango’s become bigger and brighter than ever before, and we have so much to celebrate. With a conference theme of “Transforming Our Libraries, Transforming Ourselves,” we can’t wait to hear what you’ve done this year, and what you have in store. But we have one spoiler alert: there's a giant party waiting for you at this year’s ALA, and you won’t want to miss it.

This year, we’re partnering with EveryLibrary and Treehouse to throw a Vegas-style party for all ALA VIPs (Very Important Participants), and you’re on the guest list. Join us Saturday, June 28th from 9pm – 2am (that’s right, we stay up late) at the Arts Factory for a night of dancing, drinking (open bar!), and oh yeah – magic tricks. It’s Vegas, so we hired a magician. Bring your conference badge, bring your dancing shoes, and bring your camera – after all, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you Instagram it.

This year, our partners-in-crime are the good folks at Treehouse, a leading organization dedicated to bringing affordable technology education to people around the world. Just like us, they’re big-time library lovers, and we’re excited to party together in the name of the EveryLibrary, a nonprofit that works exclusively to help public, school, and college libraries stay funded and politically-supported on the local level. We like that, and we bet you do, too.

For your hosts, affordability is a pillar: so this year’s party is, as always, free for you – just bring your spare change, your crumpled dollar bills, and your good vibes to support EveryLibrary. We’ll dance the night away and raise a glass (or a few!) to another fabulous year in the wonderful world of libraries.

Ready to party with us After-Hours? RSVP to our Facebook event here – we can’t wait to see you in just a few weeks!

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