Jillian Rodriguez

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Celebrating the Japanese New Year in 2015.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 20, 2015 4:44:46 PM

Here in the States, we’re still sweeping up the confetti and streamers from 2015’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. An event characterized by showers of champagne, lofty New Year’s resolutions, and community-wide ball drops, the United States has a flair for ringing in the New Year. As we settle into 2015, there’s no better time to turn our lens outward to NYE traditions around the world.

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Three Quick Tips to Increase Language Learning Enthusiasm in the Classroom

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 14, 2015 11:42:01 AM

Language learning and the classroom are truly the perfect pair. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, and Monday mornings and Silent Ball. It just makes sense. Young learners are the reigning champs of language learning, with brains fully-equipped to absorb and retain new concepts. It can be tough to find space to encourage language learning in the demanding schedules of the daily classroom, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. In the name of increasing the presence of language learning in the classroom, superstar teachers around the globe are implementing these genius guiding philosophies. Known to instill a lifelong love of language learning and sudden onset bilingualism in unsuspecting students, these ideas should be handled with extreme caution.

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Meet the Candidates: ALA Presidential Election 2016-2017

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 6, 2015 4:00:06 PM

The library world is already buzzing about the 2016-2017 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Elections, and we couldn't be more excited. As the oldest and largest library association in the world, the president's leadership impacts librarianship everywhere, and that’s a cause we care about. We’re shining a spotlight on the four awesome candidates to highlight who they are and what they stand for. Ballot voting for ALA members begins March 24, 2015 and closes on May 1, 2015. Now’s the time to study up on the ALA’s four presidential candidates and start deciding who will win your vote this election. Without further ado, let’s meet the candidates.

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Campus-­wide collaboration: Students, faculty, and librarians unite for global marketability.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 4, 2014 1:40:51 PM

Step onto any campus in North America, and you’ll find college students with a marked vigor for culture and language learning with a breadth of experience, diverse backgrounds, and a thirst to learn. So, where do these future leaders turn for high-quality language and culture learning resources? The answer to this important question is slightly troubling. Understanding other cultures and languages has been a low priority in America for decades. There are over 7,000 languages in the world, yet we consistently face limited resources and language instruction in higher education around the country. Research has shown that upon graduation, less than 5% of American undergraduates are truly prepared for cross-cultural interactions with non-­European cultures. How can we properly educate future leaders, support global cooperation, and improve cultural sensitivities under these circumstances?

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Celebrate in German with Mango's Oktoberfest course.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Sep 22, 2014 12:38:01 PM

Autumn is upon us, and our favorite things are popping up all over. The leaves are changing, sweater season is in full swing, and pumpkin spice is the active ingredient in every meal. Plus the color orange is basically everywhere, so we’re feeling very at home lately. But for language lovers (and beer enthusiasts), the true reason for the season is the 16-day historic cultural festival that we all know and love: Oktoberfest.

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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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