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False Friends – English & Swedish

15 augustus 2023 door Andrea Kneppers
Words matter. Culture matters. Culture influences our vocabulary. For example, Swedes have many words for forestry. The Sami culture (located in Finland, Sweden, Norway) has 800 words for reindeer herding. Each culture has its frame of reference when we interpret words. Some words are difficult to translate because of a...
Language

Bilingualism: Double the Words, Double the Fun

28 juli 2023 door Paul Van Zanten
As our interconnected world continues to expand, cultural differences can create clashes, which hinder intercultural connectivity and collaboration. It also creates a wealth of opportunities, allowing us to leverage our differences for improved innovation, productivity and connection. Now, more than ever the value of learning a second, third or even...
Intercultural Communication

Lost in Translation: Exploring Cultural Bloopers of International Organisations

19 juli 2023 door Paul Van Zanten
As more and more companies do business in international markets, they often encounter unforeseen challenges that can lead to hilarious and, at times, cringe-worthy blunders. It is imperative to triple check your work, making sure you’re taking the necessary cultural perspectives into account. From mistranslations to cultural insensitivities, these unintentional...
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Verleg je grenzen deze zomer: Ontdek onze zomercursussen van 2023!

27 juni 2023 door Language Partners
Het is eindelijk zomer! Terwijl je geniet van het warme weer, ontwikkel je nieuwe vaardigheden met onze speciaal ontworpen exclusieve zomercursussen Juridisch Engels. Ben je benieuwd naar ons verdere zomeraanbod? Wij hebben ook speciale cursussen en aanbiedingen voor onze taalcursussen en interculturele competentie workshops Neem hier contact met ons op...
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After the merger – an interview with our CEOs

26 juni 2023 door Language Partners
Today, Harald Kruithof is BBi Communications’s Group CEO. Coming from the Netherlands, he has been in the language education business for many years. Hans Dahlin, our Group Manager for Mergers and Acquisitions, has also been involved in the language industry for some time. As both have always strived to stay...
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How language shapes the way we see the world

21 juni 2023 door Paul Van Zanten
Have you ever considered how the languages we speak shape our world, offering colour and narrative to the complexity of the human experience? The Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, also known as the hypothesis of linguistic relativity, discusses just this. To make a long story short, it was first proposed in 1929 and...
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Vacature: Sales Development manager (relatiebeheerder)

20 juni 2023 door Language Partners
Bij Language Partners hebben wij meer dan 50 jaar ervaring met trainingen op het gebied van taal, cultuur en diversiteit en inclusie. Eind 2022 zijn wij gefuseerd met het Zweedse bedrijf BBi Communication, en deze fusie is het startpunt van een groot avontuur op het gebied van taal- en interculturele competentietrainingen...
DEI

The Future of International Business

25 mei 2023 door Language Partners
Are you prepared for the future of international business? As automation and changing demographics impact labor pools and access to markets, organisations worldwide should be up-to-date on European labor market trends. To combat smaller labor pools, both legislative incentives and educational support are explored to encourage immigration and integration into...
Intercultural Communication

Cultural norms and their influence on the business world

23 mei 2023 door Language Partners
Do you shake someone’s hand when you meet them? Hand-shaking is a common practice in the United States when meeting someone for the first time. Are you comfortable blowing your nose in public? Japanese culture does not appreciate public displays of mucus, thus blowing your nose is best saved for...
DEI

Celebrate EU Diversity Month 2023 with us!

10 mei 2023 door Andrea Kneppers
Companies and organisations across Europe are invited to shine a spotlight on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in society by organising events and activities throughout the European Diversity Month of May. We can help you and your organisation celebrate this year’s EU Diversity Month with...

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