Montréal is a destination like no other: the sights, the sounds, the food, the people, everything.
With a plethora of program options out there telling us how easy it can be to learn a language, it’s no surprise that many people end up feeling frustrated when they don't reach a certain level of fluency as quickly as..
What does December look like to you? Whether it means skis and snow boots, or Santa Claus’ sand-friendly sleigh pulled by six white singing kangaroos, you need these renowned Nordic authors on your bookshelf.
For many families, a second language is simply another grade on their child’s report card. While it would be nice to know another language, it’s not that important, right? We’re going to go with wrong, and here’s why.
With an abundance of language-learning methods on the market, it can be hard to know what works — and what doesn’t. Here are the essential features to consider when choosing language-learning software — for yourself, your..
The next stop on our book club tour is France, a country with a rich literary history — and the birthplace of cinema. It seems fitting, then, that this month’s list includes titles perfect for not only poolside reading, but..
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..
Behind every innovation is a diverse team of people with different cultural backgrounds and perspectives. Although it's tempting to believe that similarity is the path to success, true innovation flourishes when fueled by..
Although vocab lists and conjugation tables can still sometimes do the trick, I’ve got some fresh ideas on how to engage multiple learning styles in world language education — with tried-and-true activities that are fun for..
This National Library Week, we’re honoring the legacy of libraries as educational trailblazers. For National Library Workers’ Day today, we’re sharing three surprising ways that librarians across the globe are leading..
They say that April showers bring May flowers — what about April trade shows? Keep reading to find out which events you can find Mango Languages at this month. We’ll be showering these shows with our signature Mango Languages..
The first day of spring often feels like the dawn of a new day, especially after the brutal winter so many of us have endured. But Nowruz, or ‘New Day’ in Persian, turns this feeling into something tangible with 13 days of..
Whether you’re preparing for a trip, wanting to read a book in the language that you’re studying, looking to explore a new culture, or searching for the next great book to read, you'll love my list of five must-read books by..
We’re counting down the hours here at Mango until we can officially ring in the New Year! In the meantime, we’re busy jotting down last-minute additions to our lists of resolutions — but our language goals are still on top.
Heading south for the winter? Or looking to spice up your Spanish conversations with local lingo? Be sure to brief yourself on common sayings from Latin America so you can avoid misunderstandings and get a better handle on..
‘Break a leg!’ is a phrase used within theatre circles to wish performers good luck. It may sound rather dire — especially right before a performance — but it is understood to mean ‘good luck.’ Mango Languages can help you..
If food is one of the first things you think about when the holiday season rolls around, we’re right there with you. Holiday traditions are synonymous with incredible family recipes, and there’s nothing sweeter than gathering..
Hey single ladies (and gents!), you know how this one goes — if you liked it then you should’ve put a ring on it. Beyonce said it best, and now the people of China are cashing in on the sweet freedom of the single life. In..
There’s no love quite like Mango love — when we care about a cause, we show it. We love libraries and we’re all about championing their cause and supporting the important work libraries do.
Did you know that Han Chinese (Mandarin) is the most widely spoken language in the world? The need to learn Chinese Mandarin has certainly increased over the last two decades as China's booming population and increasing wealth..
From September 15th to October 15th, organizations around the U.S. will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the many contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to our society.
Not everyone knows, but August 9th marks a day close to our hearts: the United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. By declaring this day over 20 years ago, the UN sought to recognize the achievements..
Experts at the U.S. Committee on Economic Development estimate that American companies lose over $2 billion every year due to language or cultural misunderstandings. Despite the statistics, being multilingual in the U.S. is..
Calling all French wine & cheese lovers! Clear your calendars, brush up on your sommelier lingo, and pack your bags. France’s 11th annual Bordeaux Wine Festival is just around the corner, here’s everything you need to know..
Calling all librarians, authors, publishers, business professionals, educators and students. Scratch that - calling anyone who is passionate about books, libraries, and eager to jump in and shape the future of the industry. ..
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..
The summer slide. That doesn’t sound so bad — we’re thinking Slip ‘N Slides, playgrounds, maybe a water slide or two. Think again. In fact, the summer slide refers to the summer learning loss that occurs when the school year..
Iranians say that Persian is 'a sweet language' and like to insist that everything — from everyday conversation to lyric poetry — sounds sweeter in this language. If you’ve already started the Persian language-learning..
Innovative instructors are always looking for what’s next for their campus classroom. For language instructors, language-learning software like Mango can be the perfect supplement to their curriculum, adding flexible learning..
Have you met an extraordinary librarian today? If not, allow us to introduce you to Hannah Buckland, the recipient of the 2017 Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant. Hannah will be using the grant to attend the ..
If anything deserves a little extra cash these days, it’s our libraries. They provide invaluable academic support, creative literacy programs, and diverse e-resources (like Mango!) that keep their whole community going strong.
Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Many of us associate this lively Mexican holiday with a whole lot of delicious food — and rightly so — but trust us, there’s more to the story than all those tempting restaurant specials floating around..
Listen up, language learners. Are you ready for this? There’s a new language unit in town and you’re going to want to check it out. We're ready to show off our second unit of our Persian (Farsi) language course.
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..
Never celebrated New Year’s at the end of March? Now’s your chance. The Nyepi festival in Bali, Indonesia welcomes the start of the Balinese New Year on March 28th, but festivities last for a total of 6 days - and we’ll bet..
Let’s state the obvious: when coworkers are able to share different stories, backgrounds, and beliefs, it creates a better, more dynamic workplace. Take it from us - the Mango Grove wouldn’t be half as productive if we all..
What makes for a positive college experience? When students reflect on their college years, they’ll likely credit their success to dedicated instructors, innovative learning opportunities, great friends, and tolerable..
Did you know March is National Reading Month? Around the country, libraries and schools are celebrating in full swing by hosting fun events, contests, and book spotlights. All this buzz around reading and literacy presents a..
Irish or not, the month of March always has us feeling extra lucky. Maybe it’s because winter is almost over, or maybe we just love drinking those shamrock shakes - but there’s something about St. Patrick’s Day that we just..
Professional athletes: they’re cooler than cool. Revered by amateurs 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..
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..
As the ever-anticipated Carnival season approaches, countries around the world gear up and get ready to go. From endless parades to intricately designed masks and musical competitions, there is always something to love about..
If you know Mango (and if you don’t, hi!), you know that we love our librarians. Even more importantly, we believe in librarians. We could go on about the reasons why, but chief among them is that librarians are in perfect..
What are you doing on the third Saturday in February? 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.
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..
During the first two weeks of February, Easter Island transforms into one of the most magical cultural celebrations on the planet. Tapati Rapa NuiFestival, meaning 'Rapa Nui week,' is the most important — and largest —..
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..
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..
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..
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...
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..
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,..
There’s something in the air, we can feel it — 2017 is going to be the year of the language learner. It’s lucky number 7: now’s the time to go all in on those language-learning aspirations you’ve been harboring away for years...
We can’t believe it, but it’s already time to wrap up 2016 and look ahead to 2017. A lot can happen in a year - joyful moments, stressful ones, a few tough decisions, and maybe new chapters beginning or ending. All around the..
In today’s tech age, the answer to nearly every question is at your fingertips. You can plan vacations, weddings, and land a job all from your laptop. But there are some perspectives you can only get from another person — like..
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...
As a public library, serving your community is a central piece of your overall mission. Unique digital resources like Mango Languages support your patrons in innovative, meaningful ways — but sometimes, those digital resources..
What do doctors, nurses, pharmacy care technicians, and physical therapists all have in common? Besides working hard around the clock to ensure we all stay healthy and happy, they are also tasked with providing the same..
Back in July, our very own Brian Rovito hosted a free webinar discussing the benefits of integrating language learning into the corporate environment. Going into 2017, it’s more important than ever to put language training at..
Here at the Mango grove, we’re proud to say that we’ve helped over 300 academic institutions add a little more language and culture love to their campuses. From dozens of prospective study abroad candidates to those squeezing..
If you’ve heard of Mango Languages, you already know that we’re committed to one core purpose: enriching lives with language and culture. That’s why we’ve worked so hard to develop a language and culture-learning program that..
When you’re a proud language and culture aficionado like us, traveling the world isn’t so much a pastime for you but a necessity of life. If you’ve ever walked the streets in a country where your target language is spoken, it..
We’re looking at you, Generation Y. In today’s globally interconnected world, Millennials play a key role in shaping everything from important technical advancements to foreign policy practices. They’re the most diverse,..
Do you enjoy learning languages? Would you like to meet others who have a similar passion? Would you like to travel to another country? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Polyglot Conference may be something..
Just when you think you’ve mastered a language, you travel to a country where the dialect varies slightly from what you learned — and suddenly it feels like you’re back at square one. Sound familiar? Spanish is a perfect..
Step aside, Clark Kent. Put away the bat-signal, Bruce Wayne. Librarians are the real superheroes, fighting for literacy, community, and knowledge each and every day. But every superhero needs a sidekick, and that’s where..
Do you find yourself at a loss for words around this time of year? There’s a chill in the air, a shudder in your spine - and words like ghost and goblin just aren’t cutting it. We’re here for you. ‘Tis the season to add a..
The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, and jack-o’-lanterns and plastic skeletons are taking over the neighborhood. That can only mean one thing: Halloween is almost here! In the United States and Canada,..
What does it mean to be an academic librarian in 2016? Today’s academic library shapes the future of learning by working with students, faculty, and staff to advance the mission of their institution. From collaborating with..
Special guest post from Michael Pasquale, Ph.D professor of linguistics at Cornerstone University. Read in his words: why learning a new language can seem like a daunting task, but you can be successful if you follow a few..
In an earlier blog post, we examined several benefits of introducing young children to a second language while they’re still in grades K-8. Parents, if there are still any lingering doubts, we’re here to squash them — it’s..
Want to roam the Spanish countryside with Quixote? Break out of a prison tower in Poland? Search for true love with Fermina Daza? If you’re anything like us, your love for language and culture doesn’t stop at simply learning a..
Whether you simply can't contain your excitement about the Olympics or have always dreamed of learning to dance samba while sipping caipirinhas on Copacabana beach, here are some Rio basics to help you soak up this Brazilian..
As language learners, I think we can all agree that sometimes it’s nice to trade in the usual grammar and reading exercises for something a little more entertaining. Lucky for us, it’s a known fact that watching movies,..
Last weekend, we attended the first annual North American Polyglot Symposium (NAPS) in the beautiful, bilingual city of Montreal, Quebec. Montreal is a combination of Europe and the Americas with a unique culture all its own...
“Anytime you get a group of like-minded individuals behind a cause, there’s an excitement to it. That’s what I love.” Those are the wise words of the recipient of the 2016 Mango Languages / NMRT Professional Development Grant..
The countdown is on! In just a few days, some of the greatest minds in the industry will be packing their bags and heading to ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference from June 23 - 28. Hailing from around the globe, ALAAC is a unique..
Your library is a safe space in your local community. With a multitude of regular guests each day and the occasional out of-towner coming through your doors, you’re required to keep people of all backgrounds equipped with..
There’s nothing quite like watching a community of informed patrons proudly express their patriotism by fulfilling their civic duty and voting. Election season is upon us and if the early polling has been any indication, it’s..
It’s the home stretch, librarians, and that means it’s the busiest time of the year for you. Everywhere on campus, students are cramming for their final tests, cranking out their last term papers, and trying to figure out..
Purchasing souvenirs abroad is one of the most exciting parts about first moving to a new country. Unfortunately, many items that seem innocent at the time of purchase - come on, everyone loves Hungarian szablas (swords) -..
Have you ever dreamed about doing what you love as a career? It’s a dream of many in our generation. If you’ve read a couple of blogs on the subject, you’ll already know that there are steps you can take to reach this goal in..
During the 2015-2016 school year, we saw multiple high-profile accounts of issues regarding diversity and freedom of expression on campuses across America. Conversations around how to make colleges more inclusive and welcoming..
Similar to your assignee’s favorite brunch order at their local restaurant, vacationing abroad is best served sunny-side up. And regardless of how the weather is behaving in your neck of the woods (we’re still bundled up here..
While we love language learners in all shapes and sizes, there’s nothing quite like seeing a child switch effortlessly between multiple languages. Early language learning has become increasingly relevant in recent years, with..
Graduation season is upon us: everywhere on campus, seniors are wrapping up final papers, saying their goodbyes to beloved professors and getting measured for graduation caps and gowns. The class of 2016 is an especially lucky..
If you’re a librarian already using Mango, you’re probably familiar with our administrative dashboard. It’s where you can go to find information about how students are using Mango, how much time they’re spending and what..
Just like every Batman needs his Robin, your small library needs a strong partner in the community. That’s why when your small library is looking to broaden its patron base (or fight the Joker), it’s only natural to look for..
Learning the basics of a new language is a challenge all assignees must master at some point during their assignment. However, no matter how much we love languages in all shapes and sizes, there are some foreign words that can..
Here at Mango, we’re constantly waxing poetic about how much we love academic libraries and the value they bring to their communities. But sometimes, don’t you just want a little extra recognition for your achievements?
If the academic library was an iteration of James Bond, it would be the Daniel Craig version: serious, modern and efficient at delivering information (whether it’s the perfect article to supplement a sophomore’s research paper..
There are special days celebrated across the world, but not often is one day recognized internationally. International Women’s Day, held annually on March 8th, is a day celebrating the achievements of women and calling for the..
It’s tough being an international student. Sure, it’s fun, but studying in a new language is difficult, and making friends—even with friendly Americans—can be hard. As more and more students from foreign countries are choosing..
Start spreading the news - our college scholarship program is here! This year, Mango Languages will be offering three scholarships of $1,000 each to undergraduate and graduate students to support their educational and learning..
College students, gather ‘round. We’re collecting language and culture stories around the proverbial Higher Ed campfire, and we want to hear yours.
If you know Mango (and if you don’t, we can’t wait to meet you!), you know..
Relocating to a new country for the first time is an exciting time for assignees, but many find themselves lost (both figuratively and literally!) upon relocation—especially if they’re not well-versed on the language spoken in..
Do you sometimes feel separated from the classroom? You may be a pro at helping students find a resource for their research paper, but you’re not sure how their professor has guided them to complete the assignment—heck, you..