As many global mobility managers know, language learning is key to the success of any relocation assignment. Imagine how stressful a trip to the pharmacy or grocery store could become when you have no ability to communicate! Whether assignees have an advanced command of their host country’s language or are just starting out, knowing simple phrases that help them navigate day-to-day activities can make all the difference in any kind of experience they have abroad.
To make the most out of their trip overseas, assignees and their families use Mango Languages for a variety of reasons. Some of these include:
Mango involves the whole family in language learning.
When assignees plan to bring their entire family abroad, it’s imperative everyone is prepared for the big move by taking part in learning the new language as soon as possible.
Fortunately, Mango makes it easy to incorporate everyone in the process with Mango Premiere. Through watching culture-packed films that were once seen in theaters of your assignee’s new home country, families can begin learning the language through real conversations and authentic content from native speakers. For a Paris-bound family with high school age kids, a visually-stunning romantic comedy like Amélie could be exactly what’s needed to jumpstart those teens’ interest in French.
Mango develops day-to-day communication skills.
How do you help your assignee communicate with the locals? By helping them learn how to speak like one, of course! In order to gain those conversational communication skills that make living abroad on a day-to-day basis more rewarding, listening to how native speakers interact is key. Mango’s interactive words, voice comparison technology and pronunciation helpers allow users to fine-tune their accents and maximize vocabulary. We promise, perfecting that Castilian Spanish accent will be easier than your assignee thinks!
Mango helps them gain a better understanding of a new culture.
When assignees move abroad, one of the biggest challenges they will face is understanding their new culture. Even if they’re going to a country where natives speak the same language, the cultural differences can make it hard to adjust. Taking the time to learn the ins-and-outs of their host country’s culture can help assignees avoid making an embarrassing faux pas, like ordering a cappuccino in Florence after 11:00 am.
For individuals and families relocating across the globe, Mango can help ease the transition into a new city and culture. The value of language and culture learning will enhance and positively impact a move abroad.
How have your employees used Mango in your move overseas?