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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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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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