Learning a Language – the struggle is real… for some!

Posted by Ilona Dawson

Amo, Amas, Amat, Amamus, Amatis, Amant… The Latin conjugation for ‘I love’ was my first taste of learning a language at the tender age of 8 and I have never forgotten it. Whether this was to do with the methodology in teaching it as a…

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The bi-products of being bilingual

Posted by Ilona Dawson

An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard and a German are all standing watching an American street performer do some juggling. The juggler notices the four gentlemen have a very poor view, so he stands up and calls out, “Can you all see me…

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Pardon the Jargon and please excuse my slanguage!

Posted by Ilona Dawson

Language is crucial to your everyday life, I would argue it is life-saving, life-affirming, life-giving! We would struggle to function if we did not have the use of language, whether in its written, spoken or signed form. Language is adapted and…

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How to be successful in China – Cultural business tips

Posted by Ilona Dawson

Don’t be that bull in the china shop!   It would be somewhat arrogant and foolish to head east, clutching no more than a suitcase, a wing and a prayer, in pursuit of a new life in a culture that has no bearing to the one you are leaving…

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How many sugars? – Coffee & Culture

Posted by Sam

It’s the early hours of the morning. The alarm clock buzzes. Your eyes can barely open. You crawl out of bed and begin to claw towards the only thing that gives you hope and maybe even a little bit of sanity…coffee. We all have different ways of…

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Qualities of a good business language trainer

Posted by Sam

If you are looking for an effective and engaging language trainer one of the first questions you will probably ask yourself is: how will I know if they are any good at the language they teach? And can they teach me? Let’s take back to your school…

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The Translation Revolution or Computerised Frustration?

Posted by Sam

“No idea what it says – just throw it into Google Translate and that should do the trick” – no doubt if you work within an international business environment this is not an unfamiliar scenario. You’re more than likely probably thinking,…

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