This is my final “Lango Lingo post.” I’m winding up my time as Lango’s Managing Director this week.
While I’ve known this for over a month, and while I shared this news a month ago with my coworkers and our “Lango Leaders” – community-based business owners – I still read my own words with a sense of surprise; my intention, after all, was to remain with Lango for years to come.
My timing is also surprising because Lango is today in a great position. Candidly, the five years since we started Lango have not always been easy: while the trend of more and more parents believing that their kids should learn new languages has seemed evident, it’s often seemed gradual. American parents, we’ve learned, want a very broad upbringing for their kids, and while they are learning that early bilingualism bears fruit for years to come, many are not yet willing to give up other activities so afford their children’s language-learning experience the steady and long-term attention it deserves.
But it’s taking hold: little by little, we’re seeing schools and entire communities come over to the cause of early language instruction. Kids in a diverse range of regions around the U.S. are learning languages with Lango, and in large enough proportions that we’re beginning to glimpse our vision becoming reality, as language-learning becomes a standard aspect of a typical American childhood.
Meanwhile, Lango today operates in 75 communities around the country, and will open five more in the next two months. That makes 80 more territories than we were in five years ago! Like I said: my timing is terrible.
Most of all, Lango is in solid shape because it has great people behind it. The Lango team is no less committed and dynamic for my departure, and our pool of Lango Leaders is rich in skill and experience, but single-minded in its determination to bring new languages to children.
So while I’m saddened to leave Lango, I’m heartened by what I see: passionate people working tirelessly to realize an important goal, and families steadily coming around to the conviction that by learning languages, we can not only effect a richer future for our children, but also take an important step towards lowering the walls that divide us from other people in this rapidly shrinking world.