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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...

Webinar 16-2: Getting your point across in English

19 januari 2023 door Language Partners
Ideeën en informatie presenteren in het Engels Wie in een internationale omgeving werkt, ontkomt er niet aan: standpunten, ideeën of informatie overbrengen in het Engels. Dit kan zijn in de vorm van een presentatie of bijvoorbeeld als inbreng tijdens een vergadering. Presenteren is niet voor iedereen een tweede natuur, en...

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...

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...

FAQ – Language

21 juli 2022 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...

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...

Webinar Engelse woordenschat: 13 september 2022

4 juli 2022 door Andrea Kneppers
Vergroot je Engelse woordenschat Heb je soms moeite om de juiste woorden te vinden wanneer je een gesprek voert in het Engels? Schrijf je in voor onze volgende gratis webinar over tips en strategieën om je Engelse woordenschat uit te breiden! Je woordenschat is belangrijk omdat het de basis is...

Dear Reader: The right start to your business emails

13 juni 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
Anyone who writes a (business) letter or email has to make many choices. Not only about the content and structure, but also about the layout and tone of the text. This certainly includes the opening and closing of the letter or email. An incorrect or inappropriate salutation can be poorly...

When you know what idioms to use, Bob’s your uncle. Wait, what?

2 mei 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
I first started paying more attention to idioms after my girlfriend translated a French expression when I was being particularly annoying one evening, “Faut pas pousser mémé dans les orties”, or ‘don’t push granny in the [stinging] nettles’. After a pause, I asked for an explanation and learned I had...

Before you send a message, what do you ask yourself?

4 april 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
Whether you use e-mail, an internal messaging service, a professionally focused social media platform or any other communication service, there are some consistent considerations to keep in mind when you craft a message: Is this the right medium? E-mail is not always the best fit. For example, If you’re sending...

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