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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
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 look at behavioural change behind learning a new language This takes a varied approach. Repetitive practice and...
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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...

How To Work With The Dutch? Webinar 8 December 2022

9 november 2022 door Andrea Kneppers
Samenwerken met Nederlanders Werken met Nederlanders kan verwarrend zijn. Zijn ze onbeleefd, of gewoon direct? Hoe zit het met de Nederlandse ‘platte hiërarchie’, die soms helemaal niet zo plat blijkt te zijn? En hoe werkt het Nederlandse besluitvormingsproces (het poldermodel), waarbij iedereen in vergaderingen om zijn inbreng en mening wordt...

Tips when learning a 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 or Intracultural, Multicultural or Cross-culture? What’s the difference?

2 augustus 2022 door Paul Van Zanten
As more and more is being written about different cultures and working amongst them, there are certain words that keep popping up. Terms such as multicultural, cross-cultural, and intercultural communication are used almost interchangeably. Is there a difference between them? If so, what is it? In fact, each of these...

How to Study

1 augustus 2022 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
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 offer a quick introduction to...

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...

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