A note on fluency

The Dalai Lama's English may be 'broken' and simplistic in the traditional sense of the word, yet he is able to talk about things like neuroscience, quantum physics and psychology, and capture the attention of his audience. Is he fluent in English?

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

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