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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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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