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Friday morning. My door bell is ringing. I’m like: It’s lockdown. And I’m not expecting any deliveries today. Who could this be? A lady with a beautiful bunch of flowers is on my doorstep. – Are you Gabi?- Yeeaas.- This is for you.- Ahm. Oakeeeey. Thank you. I close the door. Open the envelop like…… Continue reading 300

Why I’d never refer to my clients as ‘students’​

I have a mixed relationship with the word ‘student’ in the context of my work. I’m a language teacher: a German and Hungarian language trainer and coach. I run a boutique language training company called ProLingua Global. My typical clients are executives in the financial services industry.  They turn to me not necessarily because they NEED…… Continue reading Why I’d never refer to my clients as ‘students’​

Ear for language – my thoughts on an exciting survey

A few weeks ago, I was asked to comment on the results of an interesting research that was conducted by Vervesearch, an international marketing agency in collaboration with GoCompare. They took 10 of the world’s languages that you can regularly hear spoken in the UK and tasked 1000 Britons with recognising them. The objective was to…… Continue reading Ear for language – my thoughts on an exciting survey

Learning and the road to knowledge …

“You’re always learning. The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct; the world is always changing. You never reach the point you can stop making an effort – but the road to knowledge is full of joy.” Words of wisdom, by the brilliant Paulo Coelho. It caught my attention…… Continue reading Learning and the road to knowledge …

Cultures, languages and why ancient wisdom matters in the modern world

“A language […] is not merely a set of grammatical rules or a vocabulary. It is a flash of the human spirit, the vehicle by which the soul of each particular culture comes into the material world. Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind, a watershed of thought, an ecosystem of spiritual possibilities.”…… Continue reading Cultures, languages and why ancient wisdom matters in the modern world

How much should I pay for language lessons?

Hand sketching Value Price puzzle concept with black marker on transparent wipe board.

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