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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...
Learning

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...
Engels

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...
Cultuurverschillen

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...
Learning

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,...
Learning

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 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...
Learning

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...
DEI

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...
Dutch

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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