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English words with Dutch origins

23 januari 2023 door Paul Van Zanten
Dutch influence can be seen in many places: from a Dutch-themed amusement park in Japan, to the creation of donuts and gin as well as in vocabulary and place names. In this article we’ll explore 10 commonly used English words, which come from the Dutch language. Bluff – Often used...

Behavioural Change: How to make changes stick?

10 januari 2023 door Paul Van Zanten
As the new year starts, many of us adopt resolutions to try and improve in some way. When making any change in behaviour, it is important to think it through: why are you changing your behaviour and how are you going to do it? For our example, we’ll take a...
Intercultural Communication

Myths in Language Learning and Intercultural Communication Training

22 december 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
The boy with his finger in the dike. Sasquatch. Rapunzel. Leprechauns. You might recognize some of these myths and legends. Their stories told have been passed down through the ages, though that doesn’t make them true. In this article we’ll tackle some of the most common myths about learning a...

U or JIJ? TU or VOUS? DU or SIE? Which one do you use?

5 december 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
Ever call someone sir or ma’am only to get asked, or told, not to? In America, people are sometimes offended when addressed formally as sir or ma’am as it implies they are of a certain age. Depending on where you’re from or what language(s) you speak, your connection to formal...

Best Practices – Language

1 november 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
Learning a language is a process that takes time and determination. Motivation and drive to do so can fluctuate. With that in mind, we’ve come up with some tips to help you get the most out of your efforts. Before your course: Start engaging with your target language. Music, movies,...
Intercultural Communication

Best Practices – Intercultural Communication

25 oktober 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
Behavioural change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, effort and engagement. With that in mind, we’ve written out some tips to help you get the most out of our Intercultural Communication training.  Before your training: Before the start of your course it’s helpful to start engaging with the topic. Keep...

De subtiele impact van ‘fluency gaps’ in multiculturele organisaties

3 oktober 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
Wanneer je een taal vloeiend beheerst, houdt dat in dat je jezelf makkelijk verstaanbaar kunt maken en jezelf volledig kunt uitdrukken in die taal. Meer dan ooit komen mensen in werksituaties in contact met personen met andere achtergronden en taalniveaus. Als er binnen een organisatie regelmatig contact is tussen werknemers...

Het verschil tussen een baas en een leider

2 augustus 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
Een bekende uitspraak luidt: ‘People don’t quit a job, they quit their boss’. Hoewel de statistieken dit niet allemaal onderbouwen, heeft het een kern van waarheid. Mensen werken graag voor een organisatie die hen gelijkwaardig behandelt en hen inspireert hun best te doen. Voor bedrijven is het daarom cruciaal om managers...

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 keep 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...

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...

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