Michael Buckenmeyer

Michael is Mango Languages' Social Marketing Specialist. Between writing, designing, and video editing for Mango Languages' social channels, you'll find him practicing his listening skills with Arabic hip hop.

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PLA 2018: The Key Takeaway for Public Libraries

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Mar 27, 2018 9:47:00 AM

In 2018, remaining relevant requires more than ebooks and genealogy databases. Libraries are now asking how they can engage every member of the community. 

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Summer reading in a foreign language: A tale of two passions.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Jun 15, 2017 7:06:00 AM

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 through summer break. We agree, so we’re pulling our weight in the push for summer page-turning.

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How to celebrate National Library Week at your library.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Apr 10, 2017 10:35:51 AM

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 ways for everyone to show their thanks no matter where they are. Read on to find out how you and your library can get involved in one of our favorite weeks of the year.

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New fruit is growing at Mango.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Mar 15, 2017 6:47:24 PM

Like your favorite pop star, we’re reinventing ourselves again.

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Keep your resolution with Mango’s #31DaysofLanguage.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Dec 27, 2016 11:56:52 AM

So you’ve decided on your New Year’s resolution – in 2017, you’re going to learn a new language. That’s awesome and we couldn’t be happier for you! But, we know how easily life can get in the way of the goals we set for ourselves. In lieu of wishing you luck, we’re instead declaring #31DaysofLanguage – simple, daily challenges that will keep you engaged and having fun as you move along in your new dialect.

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It's all Greek to Me: Etymology from absquatulate to zalambdodont.

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Dec 13, 2016 10:21:00 AM

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. (Spoiler: They often are.)

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It's All Greek to Me: False Friends

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Nov 15, 2016 7:28:00 AM

In a recent blog post accompanying the first entry in our It’s All Greek to Me video series, we took a look at the idioms used in different languages to convey misunderstanding. This time, we turn to a common source of confusion among both novice and experienced language learners: false friends.

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Is it all Greek to you?

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Sep 27, 2016 3:21:03 PM

Much of the fun in learning a new language is being able to communicate and connect with others on an entirely new level. But while reaching a new level of understanding is awesome, the journey usually involves a lot of misunderstandings as well. Naturally, languages develop notable ways to express these inevitable misunderstandings. These expressions often reference other languages and become common within the culture. In English, one such phrase happens to be, “It’s all Greek to me.” With our curiosity piqued, we decided to take a deeper dive into the origin of this idiom and others like it.

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Become a pirate for our #LibraryLubber video contest and win an iPad Pro!

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Aug 29, 2016 1:08:36 PM

*Please note: Although this contest has concluded, Mango's Pirate course lives on. Learn everything you need to know to parely in perfect Pirate with Mango's free Pirate language lessons. Log in or create a profile to explore arrr Pirate course today! 

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We love the world’s cultures too much to say we have a favorite holiday. But if we had to pick, International Talk Like a Pirate Day would be the one. Every year we anxiously await Sep. 19, when we get to break out our eyepatches, exchange our cash for gold doubloons, and conduct all office communication with plenty of s’arrrcasm. We want to spread the fun, so this year we’re calling on all aspiring buccaneers to learn the language, record their own pirate escapades, and post their creation to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LibraryLubber. The prize? The ultimate treasure for any library lubbin’ pirate — an iPad Pro.

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A Visual Review of Mango in 2015 [Infographic]

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Mar 1, 2016 11:26:35 AM

Back in January we reviewed some of the achievements made at Mango Languages in 2015. Since then, we've dug through the data to find out more about how language learners used Mango during the year. To give you an idea of how others are immersing themselves in language and culture, we created the infographic below.

Here's how libraries, schools, companies, and individuals used Mango in 2015:

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