Michael Buckenmeyer

Michael is Mango Languages' Social Marketing Specialist. Between writing, designing, and video editing for Mango Languages' social channels, you'll find him practicing his listening skills with Arabic hip hop.

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ALA Annual 2018: The DIY Library and the Share-Culture of Librarianship

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   June 27, 2018

There aren’t enough pedometers in New Orleans to count the steps taken at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference — as librarians from all walks of life gathered to learn and discuss what it means to be a librarian in 2018.

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PLA 2018: The Key Takeaway for Public Libraries

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   March 27, 2018

In 2018, remaining relevant requires more than ebooks and genealogy databases. Libraries are now asking how they can engage every member of the community. 

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Summer reading in a foreign language: A tale of two passions.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   June 15, 2017

You don’t need to hear it from us; summer is here. And while just about everyone (including us!) couldn’t be happier, parents, teachers, and librarians know how important it is for kids to keep their minds active and engaged through summer break. We agree, so we’re pulling our weight in the push for summer page-turning.

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How to celebrate National Library Week at your library.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   April 10, 2017

Every year, our friends at the American Library Association (ALA) sponsor a week honoring the contributions libraries make to their communities, schools, universities, and nations. This year’s celebrations run April 9-15, with ways for everyone to show their thanks no matter where they are. Read on to find out how you and your library can get involved in one of our favorite weeks of the year.

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New fruit is growing at Mango.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   March 15, 2017

Like your favorite pop star, we’re reinventing ourselves again.

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Keep your resolution with Mango’s #31DaysofLanguage.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   December 27, 2016

So you’ve decided on your New Year’s resolution – in 2017, you’re going to learn a new language. That’s awesome and we couldn’t be happier for you! But, we know how easily life can get in the way of the goals we set for ourselves. In lieu of wishing you luck, we’re instead declaring #31DaysofLanguage – simple, daily challenges that will keep you engaged and having fun as you move along in your new dialect.

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It's all Greek to Me: Etymology from absquatulate to zalambdodont.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   December 13, 2016

So far we’ve looked at how people express misunderstanding and the tricky ways false friends can throw us off. This time, we reach back to English’s roots and look at some words that might as well be from other languages. (Spoiler: They often are.)

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It's All Greek to Me: False Friends

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   November 15, 2016

In a recent blog post accompanying the first entry in our It’s All Greek to Me video series, we took a look at the idioms used in different languages to convey misunderstanding. This time, we turn to a common source of confusion among both novice and experienced language learners: false friends.

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Is it all Greek to you?

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   September 27, 2016

Much of the fun in learning a new language is being able to communicate and connect with others on an entirely new level. But while reaching a new level of understanding is awesome, the journey usually involves a lot of misunderstandings as well. Naturally, languages develop notable ways to express these inevitable misunderstandings. These expressions often reference other languages and become common within the culture. In English, one such phrase happens to be, “It’s all Greek to me.” With our curiosity piqued, we decided to take a deeper dive into the origin of this idiom and others like it.

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Become a pirate for our #LibraryLubber video contest and win an iPad Pro!

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   August 29, 2016

*Please note: Although this contest has concluded, Mango's Pirate course lives on. Learn everything you need to know to parely in perfect Pirate with Mango's free Pirate language lessons. Log in or create a profile to explore arrr Pirate course today! 

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We love the world’s cultures too much to say we have a favorite holiday. But if we had to pick, International Talk Like a Pirate Day would be the one. Every year we anxiously await Sep. 19, when we get to break out our eyepatches, exchange our cash for gold doubloons, and conduct all office communication with plenty of s’arrrcasm. We want to spread the fun, so this year we’re calling on all aspiring buccaneers to learn the language, record their own pirate escapades, and post their creation to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LibraryLubber. The prize? The ultimate treasure for any library lubbin’ pirate — an iPad Pro.

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