Jillian Rodriguez

Jillian is a writer and editor out of Detroit, Michigan. She loves connecting people through new ideas, interesting stories, and good conversation. In her free time, Jillian loves to read, write, and listen to podcasts - in Spanish and in English!

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Five Characteristics You'll Develop by Learning Another Language

By Jillian Rodriguez |   July 5, 2018

What exactly makes language learners awesome? We’ve gathered up just five (we could go on!) indisputable reasons that language learners are way tougher, smarter, and cooler than they sometimes get credit for.

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Celebrate the First Day of Spring With Nowruz Festivities

By Jillian Rodriguez |   March 20, 2018

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, takes it to the next level with 13 days of festivities celebrating the start of a new year.

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Holi: The World’s Most Vibrant Festival of Colors

By Jillian Rodriguez |   March 1, 2018

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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Elevate Your Language Learning at ALA Midwinter 2018

By Jillian Rodriguez |   February 5, 2018

Mango Languages is taking language learning to new heights at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver, CO. If you’re wondering what to expect from ALA Midwinter this year, you’ve come to the right place.

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How to Celebrate the New Year in Japan

By Jillian Rodriguez |   January 12, 2018

Here in the States, New Year’s is characterized by showers of champagne, lofty new year’s resolutions, and midnight ball drops. Needless to say, the United States has a flair for ringing in the New Year. As we settle into this new year, there’s no better time to turn our lens outward to NYE traditions around the world.

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4 Amazing Spice Mixes From Around the World You Need to Try

By Jillian Rodriguez |   November 14, 2017

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 around the dinner table and sharing new and old recipes with your favorite people.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About China’s Singles’ Day (11/11).

By Jillian Rodriguez |   November 3, 2017

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 China — and now spreading worldwide — November 11 is Singles’ Day, a holiday designed to celebrate the independence enjoyed by those who are not partnered, it’s equal parts tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating, and self-indulgent. 

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EveryLibrary unites One Million Americans for Libraries: Support libraries with just one click.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   October 17, 2017

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.

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Friday the 13th & superstitions around the world.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   October 13, 2017

If you’re anything like us, you cleared your calendar today. This year’s second Friday the 13th is finally here, and we’re ready for it. We believe that knowledge is power, and the best way to equip yourself against the spooky superstitions that keep us up at night is to educate yourself on Friday the 13th and other superstitions around the world. From avoiding contact with butterflies in Korea to Italy’s unlucky Friday the 17th, there are plenty of fascinating superstitions around the globe to keep your mind occupied all day long. 

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Learn Chinese Mandarin from a native speaker.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   October 2, 2017

Have you heard the news? Mango is launching a new video series using a native speaker to help you learn to speak Chinese Mandarin. The videos are super smart, fun, and totally free — 别客气 (You’re welcome).

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