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

Why speaking English is simply not enough when doing business internationally

Fact: Good business relationships are more likely when both parties make the effort and try to understand each others’ points of view, including language and culture.  I recently came across a brilliant new book called Linguanomics. It's about the market potential of multilingualism, written by Gabrielle Hogan-Brun. Gabrielle takes us back in time to the … Continue reading Why speaking English is simply not enough when doing business internationally

The secret to staying committed – especially when you’re not seeing the results

Have you ever struggled with staying motivated and remaining dedicated when it comes to learning a foreign language or in fact, learning anything? Have you ever been in a situation where you set yourself a specific goal that you wanted to achieve, but it felt like you didn't make much progress? If so, then this … Continue reading The secret to staying committed – especially when you’re not seeing the results

Language studies & making mistakes: How to deal with being corrected all the time …

Have you ever come across someone, a native speaker who you wanted to talk to in their language, and they kept interrupting you every single time you made a mistake, or they just reverted back to English whenever you took a little more time to gather your thoughts, not letting you express yourself and practice … Continue reading Language studies & making mistakes: How to deal with being corrected all the time …

What to expect from a 20-hour language training programme

Thinking about signing up for a language training programme? Most language schools offer 20-hour courses. 20 seems to be a magic number when it comes to language studies indeed. Why? In 20 hours, you can indeed achieve certain short-term goals, it's a relatively low-cost initial investment and it will also help you get a feel … Continue reading What to expect from a 20-hour language training programme

How to find time to practise between lessons (or learn something new)

This is the most common problem my students face ... how to find time to practise between their German or Hungarian lessons. And I bet that's a common dilemma for all of us, no matter what we're learning.  Honestly, I totally get it! We all work an extreme lot, running multiple projects at times, our … Continue reading How to find time to practise between lessons (or learn something new)