An introductory programme recommended if you have no pressure to speak the language fluently. However you want to learn the language as a courtesy factor to foreign colleagues, partners and clients.
If want to understand key phrases clients and colleagues will use in important meetings and negotiations. Recommended when you want to be understood and converse in a basic way with clients and partners.
Recommended when becoming functionally fluent is your priority. You will be able to get yourself understood comfortably and confidently in business situations, and to understand most of what’s being said to you and around you.
When you spend a lot of time in the target country, participate in high level negotiations, a lot is at stake and therefore you need a higher degree of comfortable fluency and proficiency. If you do day-to-day business abroad and want to have results urgently.
Confidence & mistakes in language learning Have you ever come across someone you wanted to talk to in their language, and they kept interrupting you every single time you made a mistake? Or perhaps they just reverted back to English whenever you took a little more time to gather your thoughts, not letting you express yourself and practice a little? If so, […]
How cultural differences impact financial risk taking Our willingness to take risks influences how we decide and behave in many situations. Culture certainly influences individual risk-taking. Lessons from an interesting conversation about global financial risk at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos. In the below video, Axel A. Weber, chairman of UBS is in conversation with Jin Keyu, professor of Economics at the […]
Top 10 economies by GDP ranking – a look at the past, present and future Anything that concerns the economies of countries around the world tells also a lot about their culture, their history, their challenges, strengths and weaknesses, where they come from and where they’re going. These fascinating graphs show the top 10 countries with the most GDP from 1960 to today, and predictions up to 2100. Nominal GDP […]
“Take cover” – Insurance terms and where they come from The word ‘insurance’ – originally from Latin, stemming from ‘sure’, meaning secure, has been part of the English language since the 1550s. It began its journey as a variant of ‘ensurance’, which is an alteration of assurance – all very similar terms but they all went their own ways and established different meanings in different […]
Jeremy Hunt’s Chinese/Japanese gaffe and what we can learn from it Jeremy Hunt’s slip of the tongue made headlines the other day: “My wife is Japanese – my wife is Chinese. Sorry, that’s a terrible mistake to make.” Here is our take on the story, from a linguistic point of view. Before we’d jump to conclusions about Jeremy Hunt’s slip of the tongue, it’s worth to take a look […]