There’s learning a new language, and then there’s learning argot. For language learners who want to experience another culture like a local, argot is your passport to the language that is really spoken on the streets, in the shops, and in the nightlife of your destination.Read More
Before you read, wrote, or even spoke your first word, you mastered a set of subtle, yet vital ways of communicating with friends, family, neighbors, and peers through body language. A wave to say hello, a bow to show respect or reverence, or a welcoming smile. Language is more than words, grammar, and phrases; it is an embodied experience that is passed on from generation to generation, from person to person, and even from culture to culture as a signature code of communication.
Language learning doesn’t stop at the close of a textbook or the end of a Mango lesson, so we’ve gathered a few body language tips to keep in mind through cross-cultural exchanges.
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 about one of the world’s greatest wine gatherings.Read More
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.Read More
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 ends, for students young and old. All that hard work you put in during the school year faces its archenemy when the lazy days of summer kick in and your studying slumps. But fear not, we’ve got your back.Read More
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 adventure, you might agree! But learning a new language also means understanding non-verbal communication (even if it’s not quite as sweet).
Here at Mango, we never pass on the opportunity to embrace special days that remind us that we all love the same things: family, friends, and food! It only made sense that we would celebrate our love for hummus on International Hummus Day! (Let’s be honest, we all know this is only an excuse. Every day is a good day to make hummus.)Read More
Feliz Cinco de Mayo! While Fiesta Fridays are a weekly occurrence in our office, today’s celebration comes with an extra helping of language and culture love (and guacamole, and sour cream). 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 social media. So, grab your margarita, and join us for the real scoop on all things Cinco de Mayo.Read More
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 it’s like nothing you’ve experienced before. Hint: the Indonesian word nyepi means “day of silence,” and the Balinese take it pretty seriously.Read More
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 can’t get enough of. In honor of this great green holiday, we’re celebrating in true Mango fashion by highlighting our St. Patrick’s Day specialty course designed to bring you a taste of the Irish without hurting your wallet.Read More