The surprising origins of Holi, the world’s most vibrant festival of colors.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Mar 14, 2017 8:01:00 AM

Dancing in the street, water balloons whizzing past your head, people covered head to toe in a rainbow cloud of colors – if that’s what comes to mind when you think of the Festival of Colors, you’re not wrong. But there’s so much more to Holi than meets the eye.

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4 amazing women from around the world to celebrate on International Women’s Day.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Mar 8, 2017 3:37:17 PM

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” Diane Mariechild  Did you hear? International Women’s Day is March 8th and it’s time to celebrate, honor, and unite behind the women of the world.

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6 American athletes you didn’t know are actually multilingual.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Mar 7, 2017 8:34:10 PM

Professional athletes: they’re cooler than cool. Revered by children around the world and hailed as celebrities by sports super fans, America can’t get enough of professional athletes. And why not? These are individuals who have spent their entire lives training to become the very best at the sport they love.

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Moving abroad? Here’s why you should drop everything and learn the language first.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Mar 6, 2017 5:18:18 PM

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from being polyglots (and meeting countless others), it’s that language learning and wanderlust go hand in hand. There are a variety of reasons to study a second language - even without the incentive of travel. It can open up new job opportunities in your home country, you’ll gain valuable phonetic skills, and it’s a nice boost for your cultural IQ - just to name a few.

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5 global Carnival celebrations that might give Rio a run for its money.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Feb 25, 2017 5:03:00 AM

The ever-anticipated Carnival season is finally here, and you can bet that countries around the world are already geared up and ready to go. From endless parades to intricately designed masks and musical competitions, there is always something to love about Carnival no matter where you choose to celebrate it.

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Japan’s Saidaiji Eyō (Naked Festival): Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 18, 2017 3:53:00 AM

What are you doing on Saturday, February 18th? If your answer doesn’t involve 9,000 Japanese men in loincloths battling over a pair of lucky sticks, then you might want to make a change of plans. Let us explain.

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Are the Romance languages really more romantic? And other important questions.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 14, 2017 8:22:00 AM

Valentine’s Day is here, and we’re feeling romantic. But when you bring up romance in an office full of linguists and polyglots, you’re bound to get schooled on what it really means to be Romantic. Honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Behind the design: Somali and Hmong Manguitos.

By Mango Languages |   Feb 2, 2017 2:43:06 PM

We’re excited to provide a behind-the-scenes look into what exactly goes into the illustrations and designs that you see in our course imagery. Read on to hear directly from one of our designers about how he chose the style and colors for our two newest Manguitos: Somali and Hmong.

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You know about IQ and EQ — what about CQ (cultural competency)?

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 31, 2017 5:38:00 AM

Now more than ever, we live in a diverse, multicultural world. As our world changes, so does our definition of intelligence and what it takes to be successful. Many of us grew up with the idea that your IQ, a test score designed to measure your intelligence, is a key indicator of your future success. More recently, the idea of emotional intelligence, your ability to identify and manage your feelings and those of others, is factored into your ability to succeed. Now, the trifecta is complete with the rise of cultural competency (CQ): your capacity to successfully work and build relationships in multicultural scenarios.

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5 things you need to know about the Year of the Rooster.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 28, 2017 6:20:00 AM

Here in the United States, many of our most widely celebrated holidays are winding down. With the new year already underway, we’re looking for something new to celebrate which brings us to Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and usually falls between late January and end of February.

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