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Do you want to be kept up to date with developments in international business and our business language training? We publish articles every month about current developments in language training. If you follow us on LinkedIn or Facebook you will be automatically updated when new articles are posted.

Understand The Challenge

It often seems like a good idea to go for language lessons: professional advancement, personal development, the fulfilment of dreams. However, as adults, we face some different challenges from the language classes you might remember as a child. When we are young, we are all told, it’s much easier to acquire new language. Whether that […]

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Cultural Misunderstandings

Separating culture from language is a bit like trying separate ice from water … they blend into each other in so many unpredictable ways that it is next to impossible. For adult learners where mostly language trainers are focussed on fluency, this is doubly true. You could conceivably teach grammar as just a set of […]

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TalenInstituut in Rotterdam

The Taleninstituut also has training locations and an office in Rotterdam. The city is an important location for us because it has the highest percentage of foreigners in the Netherlands from non-industrialised nations. This large group of people form an important part of Rotterdam’s multi ethnic and multicultural diversity. For us this also means that […]

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Antonio Olivera Interview

Antonio is one of the Spanish trainers at the Taleninstituut Nederland. He comes from a back ground in Psychology, international relations and team management. He has taught with this school for over 11 years. Antonio explains that many of his clients are there because Spanish is such an important global language, “My clients often just […]

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Learn Language In Chunks

Language learners, especially adults, can often become frustrated when no sensible explanation can be given by a language teacher for WHY some things are constructed or expressed the way they are. A great example of this are Collocations. These are chunks of language. Groups of two or more words that always go together to express […]

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Verena Bach Interview

Verena Bach has taught business German at the Taleninstituut for six years and hails from Frankfurt originally. Her background is in visual communications and she worked for many years in advertising as a stylist and make-up artist. It was then that she started her training career when she began to not just provide these services, […]

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3 Language Tips for Public speaking

There is an English adage which states that what you put in is what you get out. It is the same with public speaking. As a speaker, you can have all of the skills, charisma and technique in the world but if what your content is poor, you cannot give a good speech or presentation. […]

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How much is too much?

It is almost impossible to separate a language from the culture that created it. This means that sometimes, in order to use a language effectively, you have to also learn something about the culture. For adult learners, transferring what we already know about grammar and syntax from our native tongue to our new, target language […]

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Ian Hoffman Interview

Taleninstituut business English trainer Ian Hoffman comes heavily qualified on the pure business training side of the fence as well as language teaching. He has a background in Acting, Education, and Professional Communication. He was a Marketing Communications manager and small business owner. This diversity of experience have all helped Ian to become a rounded […]

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Presentation Skills Training

A good example of how Business Language training differs from just learning a new language is presentation skills. At the TalenInstituut, we aim to equip our clients with more than just language skills. We aim to also add to and/or reinforce the skills they need with language to perform particular tasks. This is why if […]

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