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Case Study Ministerie van Defensie

15 augustus 2022 door Andrea Kneppers
Wat was de uitdaging? De inkopers en juristen van het Ministerie van Defensie communiceren veel over verschillende contracten. Dit gebeurt wereldwijd, en gaat vaak in het Engels. Omdat dit serieuze gesprekken zijn, met name onderhandelingen, willen ze graag hun juridische Engels verbeteren. Daarom is het Ministerie van Defensie naar Language...

Difference between a boss and a leader

2 augustus 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
There is a common cliché that says: people don’t quit a job, they quit their boss. While the statistics on this fluctuate, the idea remains true. People want to work for an organisation which treats them equally and inspires them to be their best. Empowering managers who have high employee...

Intercultural or Intracultural, Multicultural or Cross-culture? What’s the difference?

door Paul Van Zanten
As more and more is being written about various cultures and working amongst them, there are certain words and phrases that popping up quite often. Terms such as multicultural communication and cross cultural communication and intercultural communication are used almost interchangeably. Is there a difference? If so, what is it? ...

Dutchisms, Dunglish & Denglish

1 augustus 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
“During 32 years I was employed by Heineken, for many years responsible for the Asia Pacific. During most of those years I either travelled fifty percent of my time or lived and worked in the outside country.” What you’ve just read is the ‘Before Word’ from the book I Always...

How to Study

door Paul Van Zanten
When learning a new language, or anything new really, there are certain thought patterns that can reduce brain drain while making your efforts more efficient. Knowing how to learn and study is just as important as knowing how not to learn or study. Here are some tips and tricks to...

FAQ – Intercultural Communication (IC)

21 juli 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
FAQ about Intercultural Communication (IC) In our second article highlighting FAQs we’ll explore the most commonly searched for questions relating to intercultural communication, or IC. We were able to group the IC related FAQs into two themes, the first being leading an intercultural team.  Before we get into it, we’ll...

FAQ – Language

door Paul Van Zanten
In our first article covering FAQs , we will share some of the most commonly searched for questions by students who want to learn a language. Some are specific to a particular language while others relate to general language learning. Our experience has also shown us that the following questions...

Leadership Guide: Intercultural Teams, Diversity, Equity & Inclusive Cultures – Whitepaper

door Andrea Kneppers
As the world continues to become more connected and interdependent, the need for awareness, collaboration, and understanding only increases. An organisation whose executives are in the top quartile of gender diversity, is 28% more likely to financially outperform their competitors. That number only goes up when you add ethnic diversity...

Vacature: Sales Development manager (relatiebeheerder)

18 juli 2022 door Andrea Kneppers
Bij Language Partners & Mazi-Inc. helpen we organisaties om culturele verschillen om te zetten in zakelijk voordeel. We doen dit door inclusieve culturen te creëren waarin diversiteit gedijt en prestaties toenemen. Met onze producten en diensten (assessments, training & consultancy) kunnen organisaties de taal- (fluency), culturele en/of diversiteitskloof overbruggen. Met...

Abbreviations, Acronyms, Initialisms and Contractions: What are they?

12 juli 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
An abbreviation is a shortened word or phrase, for example, est. is a common abbreviation in English and is used to shorten the word established. Acronyms and Initialisms are different types of abbreviations.  An acronym is made up of the first letter from each word in a phrase, such as...

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