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

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

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)

Group class vs One-to-One – is there an ideal format for language studies?

To sum it all up in one sentence: It all depends on your learning style, personality, your availability, desired learning pace and location. In this article, I’ll explore the pros and cons of both so you can decide what fits you best. Learning in a group class Pros: There is usually a real supporting atmosphere … Continue reading Group class vs One-to-One – is there an ideal format for language studies?