The effect of Brexit on people’s relationships – a research

I'm working on preparing a talk on the role of languages in business after Brexit. For that, I'm conducting a little research and I'd love to hear your thoughts. The questions are aimed at Brits, but if you've had any interesting experiences relating to this topic as a non-Brit, I'd still be interested in hearing … Continue reading The effect of Brexit on people’s relationships – a research

New chapter

This website/blog started back in March 2016 with the goal to start writing out some of the ideas that keep crossing my mind that I thought would benefit anyone interested in language studies, personal and business development. Now, it's time to start a new chapter. Over the past 10 years in London, I've worked with … Continue reading New chapter

How much should I pay for language lessons?

How much is it per hour? One of the first questions client ask when considering signing up for a language training programme. While price is indeed an important factor, here are a few key points I think should be considered when it comes to evaluating different offers from different teachers. 1. Learning a language is … Continue reading How much should I pay for language lessons?

The 3 key ingredients you need to make your language learning journey a success

Are you wasting time learning words that you're likely never use? Learning animal names can be fun but let's be honest, unless you are a zoologist, it's highly unlikely that you'll ever use those words, so why would you bother learning them in the first place? Makes sense, right? Yet, so many times, we spend … Continue reading The 3 key ingredients you need to make your language learning journey a success

Why traditional language courses organised for busy corporates need a fresh approach

What can we do to make the language training process more effective in international companies and organisations? Here's what I've seen over the past 10 years of working with corporate clients in the finance industry. Big international corporations who recognise the importance of providing foreign language training for their employees, usually engage independent training companies to … Continue reading Why traditional language courses organised for busy corporates need a fresh approach

Don’t kill yourself trying to find the difference between der, die, das because it will simply NEVER HAPPEN … – An interview

In a new series, I'm interviewing clients and friends who moved to either Germany or Hungary and had to immerse themselves into language and culture all of a sudden. I ask them about their experiences, how long it took them to feel at home and learn the language, what challenges they faced and how they … Continue reading Don’t kill yourself trying to find the difference between der, die, das because it will simply NEVER HAPPEN … – An interview

Meet Iain Lindsay, the British Ambassador adored by everyone in Hungary

His Hungarian is impressive to say the least, his accent and humour is admirable. He is relatable, funny and intelligent, and very active on social media. Iain Lindsay, the British Ambassador in Hungary, has won over people's hearts and become a bit like a celebrity in Hungary. Why? Nelson Mandela once said: "If you talk … Continue reading Meet Iain Lindsay, the British Ambassador adored by everyone in Hungary

The language learning journey

The language learning journey is far more predictable than we might think. No matter for what reason you want to speak a language, there are 4 individual stages you need to get through in order to become a 'comfortable language user'. Each of these phases come with their own set of challenges and struggles. If you … Continue reading The language learning journey

The true cost of not learning a language

Trouble getting from A to B, not knowing how to  politely apologise for an inconvenience, not understanding what other people are saying around you, afraid of being misunderstood … Just a few of the practical problems my clients articulate when signing up for a language coaching programme. But the underlying problem is much more complex: … Continue reading The true cost of not learning a language