When Mango sends marketing goodies to libraries, we fill the boxes with love and orange and green crinkle paper.
The staff at the Bedford Public Library saved the Mango packaging, added some love of their own and turned it into beautiful pumpkins.
Thank you, Bedford Public Library, for making us smile.
And now for a serious question: if mangoes stay out too late, do they turn into pumpkins?
We started our Language Resolution campaign with one goal in mind: to help you learn a language by 2013. We hear excuses all too often: “I wanted to learn a language this year, but couldn’t find the time to practice” or “I ran out of steam and lacked motivation.” This year, we’re not going to let that happen. Mango’s got your back – not to mention daily tips, challenges, and motivation to keep you on track. All you have to do is stay tuned to our pages on Facebook and Twitter.
Last week things got off to a strong start on Monday when we challenged our followers to write their grocery or shopping list in the language they were studying. On Tuesday, we followed this up with a vocab challenge focused on greetings and terms of gratitude. Translations of “thank you” and “goodbye” were shared in a handful of languages, including French, Arabic, Japanese and German. Plus, Philip E. shared his personal translation of those phrases into “Southern U.S. English,” as ‘obliged’ and ‘later’. Thanks for giving a mini-lesson to our Detroiter Mango crew, Philip!
Wednesday is all about motivation, so we shared a touching story from one of our patrons based at the Kent District Library in Michigan. Having been in a long-distance relationship for 6 years, she tried everything to learn Swedish without success – including Rosetta Stone. But after starting Mango, she experienced more improvement in a few days than she had done in years! Read her full story here.
We dedicate Thursday to a roundtable discussion of issues and challenges faced when learning a foreign language. Last week we focused on how to successfully learn vocabulary. Our followers had fantastic tips for tackling this challenge, including: using flashcards, playing video games, reading foreign signs or packaging, and creating associations with English words that have a similar sound. The one thing that everyone seemed to agree on is that repetition is key, no matter what method you use. We also agree with this point – which is why repetition of phrases and vocabulary is an important theme in Mango’s courses.
On Friday, we closed out the week with one final challenge for our followers: to “like” or “follow” a foreign company’s page on Facebook or Twitter. This is a great way to infuse foreign content into your feed! Haven’t had a chance to complete the challenge yet? Commit to doing it today! It only takes 5 minutes.
Ready to get things geared up again this week? We’ve got a week chock-full of fun challenges, motivating inspiration, and helpful tips/tricks ahead! Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages daily to keep updated. Remember, 2012 is the year. #LanguageResolution. Let’s do this together.
“I can’t afford to buy study materials”
“Between work and responsibilities at home, I just don’t have the time to study.”
“I can’t find a partner for speaking practice.”
Excuses. Trust us, we’ve heard them all. And they just don’t work with us. The truth is, if you really want to learn a language, you’ll find a way to do it. There’s actually many easy, simple and fun ways to infuse language-learning into your everyday routine – most of which cost little or nothing at all. To prove it, we put together a list of 20 suggestions to get you started.
1. Read a news article in a foreign language.
2. Write a status update or tweet in a foreign language.
3. Listen to the live feed of an international radio station online.
4. Sign up for an international pen pal and exchange emails on a regular basis.
5. Cook from a recipe that is written entirely in a foreign language.
6. Rent a foreign movie and watch it without the subtitles. If that’s too difficult, try turning on the closed captions so that you can see the lines written in the original language, rather than the translated version.
7. Download a trivia app for your smartphone that’s in the language you’d like to learn. Still a beginner? Try looking for a children’s version for simpler phrasing.
8. Next time you go to the store, practice writing your shopping list entirely in the language you are studying.
9. Visit a foreign restaurant and try ordering in the language.
10. Have a partner to study with? Try playing “I Spy,” “20 Questions,” or Scrabble in the language you’re studying.
11. In a relationship? Come up with some fun pet names for your significant other that are in a foreign language (like “Schatz” in German or “Chéri” in French). Up for a challenge? Practice writing an entire love letter.
12. Check out the foreign music charts, pick a couple songs, and see if you can understand the lyrics. Too difficult? Look up the lyrics online and you’ve got a great translation challenge!
13. Next time you need directions, look them up in a foreign language by going to an international version of the Google Maps site (for example: the German, French, or Spanish site). It’s a great way to learn vocabulary!
14. Join a foreign language Meetup in your area.
15. Finding foreign or international clubs or associations in your area is probably easier than you think. Think outside the box when you’re searching: schools, college campuses, and even churches or other religious organizations can be a great place to look for clubs.
16. What’s your favorite TV show? Chances are it either has a counterpart (like American Idol or Survivor) or a dubbed version in a foreign language. Try downloading episodes or look for clips online to watch. Alternatively, you could purchase a DVD set online – just be aware that you may need an international DVD player in order to watch it.
17. “Like” or “follow” a foreign company on Facebook or Twitter. This will infuse your newsfeed with foreign language content.
18. Looking for a fun way to practice vocabulary? Each day, pick a different topic to focus on (e.g. animals, food & drink, or family members) and see how many words you can list for that topic. Each time you make a list, try to list more words than the day before. If you want to take this challenge to the next level, see if you can come up with a word beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
19. Did you know that official Wikipedias have been created in 285 languages? So if you’re looking for seemingly endless content and articles to browse (on almost any topic), then look no further.
20. Turn your down-time into language-learning time. Practice vocab while getting ready in the morning, have a conversation with yourself in the shower (nobody will know – we promise!), or doodle conjugation charts on your lunch break. Sitting in traffic? Listen to foreign music and practice singing along. See? Almost any situation can be turned into a language-learning opportunity. There’s simply no excuse not to try.
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Journey Two goes beyond the travel-focused content learned in Journey One. In no time at all, you’ll learn how to describe surroundings, make small talk, plan leisure activities and more:
In Journey Three, build upon the knowledge gained in Journeys One and Two. Topics covered include discussing culture, addressing medical conditions, expressing thoughts and feelings and making plans:
Check out our blog posts all this week to hear about the journeys of users just like you and for the chance to win a free bundle of Mango Passport Journeys One, Two and Three in one of eight available languages!
Your Journeys await. Start learning today.