4 incredible competitions happening right now at Easter Island’s Tapati Festival.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 26, 2017 6:53:00 PM

During the first two weeks of February, Easter Island transforms into  one of the most magical cultural celebrations on the planet. Tapati Rapa Nui Festival, meaning “Rapa Nui week,” is the most important — and largest — cultural celebration on Easter Island. The festival took root in 1968 with the goal of celebrating the unique culture of the Rapa Nui and to teach and promote their traditions to the next generation.

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Why Dinagyang Festival should be on every world traveler’s bucket list.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 24, 2017 2:40:40 PM

Here in the United States, January has a reputation for being a pretty dreary month. We’re still recovering from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and gray skies and freezing temperatures keep much of the country hibernating indoors. We don’t know about you, but we could use a little color in our lives right now.

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5 essential tech tools for language learning.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Jan 19, 2017 7:03:00 AM

Welcome to the Digital Age, where computers, smartphones, and fitbits have already revolutionized the way we interact and exchange information. Thanks to technical advancements like these, it’s now easier than ever to learn a new skill with just a few clicks - and language learning is no exception. The fact that 90% of students now have access to a mobile device and/or computer has given traditional, paper-based learning systems a run for their money.

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Two worlds apart or one united?: About Yiddish in New York.

By Lilia Mouma |   Jan 17, 2017 5:53:00 AM

Yiddish is a very old language with a rich history. Several languages have adopted Yiddish words, and you will find quite a few Yiddish words in New York English. There are many Yiddish speakers in New York City and they fall into two groups. Why so? And how do they maintain the use of the language given the dominance of the English language? Yakov Blum explained all that in his talk at the Polyglot Conference in New York City.

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4 proven ways to boost language learning in millennials.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 14, 2017 6:33:00 AM

You’ve read about it, you’ve heard about it, you’ve probably even Googled how to spell it: millennials are taking the workplace by storm. Making up more than 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, understanding what makes the modern millennial worker tick is more important than ever before. More organizations are focusing on investing in training and learning opportunities that suit how millennials learn best.

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We’re so excited for ALA Midwinter 2017 — and here’s why you should be, too.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 12, 2017 7:07:00 AM

Anaheim, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando, and now Atlanta — the librarian takeover is in full effect. In our humble opinion, librarians make the world go round. We’ve witnessed their magic firsthand: in partnership with these fierce fighters for literacy, community, and access, we’ve connected more people than ever to language learning and cultural resources that can change lives. So for us, the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual Midwinter event is our Disney World.

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2 technologies shaping modern language learning that will blow your mind.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Jan 10, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Technology is the future, and boy do we know it here at Mango. It already plays a huge role in the ever-changing world of language learning, from long conversations via Skype to informational podcasts on a Sunday afternoon. While we’ve already adapted to many of these tech products and know how to use them well, there are still other technologies out there that you might not even be aware of. Here are a couple that are truly paving the way for the future of language learning.

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Interview with language enthusiast and vlogger, Gareth Popkins.

By Melanie Moore |   Jan 7, 2017 3:33:00 PM

If you’re familiar with the kind of content we post on the Mango Languages blog, you’ll know that we love language and culture. Whenever we get to highlight someone in the world who is also enthusiastic about languages, we are thrilled to do so. We sat down (virtually) with language enthusiast and vlogger, Gareth Popkins about how he fell in love with language.

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China’s Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is the winter festival of your dreams.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 5, 2017 6:55:00 AM

Picture this: sweeping snowscapes filled with towering ice sculptures, illuminated by brightly-colored, twinkling lights. Children slide down the side of spectacular ice skyscrapers that make up this expansive Ice City, covering 148 acres in China’s northeastern city of Harbin. Everywhere you turn, winter fun is unfolding - from families riding sleighs down the frozen Songhua River to the world-famous ice lantern art fair.

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5 ways to highlight language learning on your resume.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 3, 2017 5:40:00 AM

 

Calling all language buffs and culture aficionados, we’ve got good news for you: you’re among the most hireable candidates out there. We know that you got into the language-learning game for the love it, but all that that love could actually translate into your dream career. You’ve already put in the hard work, now it’s your time to shine. Did you know that language skills are listed as one of the top experiences that recruiters look for on a resume?

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