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Five Most Popular Destinations for Gen Z

Five Most Popular Destinations for Gen Z

Thanks to websites and apps such as Instagram, you can now get paid to travel. So many influencers have hundreds of thousands of followers. From Instagram’s Erin Rose with 14k followers to Youtube’s Karl Watson with his 75k followers, millennials (1977-1995) and Gen Z (1996-present) are actively working towards becoming better traveled and cultured.

Turn The Tables on Dad This Father’s Day

Turn The Tables On Dad This Father's Day

This Father’s Day, you could buy yet another boring tie, mundane cufflinks or calorie laden chocolates, or you could pep up papa’s summer with an online subscription to life-long learning, guaranteed not to be found hidden at the bottom of the cupboard.

Father’s Day Celebrations From Around The World

Father's Day Celebrations From Around The World

Father’s Day, which originated in America, is celebrated in the Western world on the third Sunday, in the month of June. In much of the developed world, Father’s Day is celebrated in the same fashion, where folks go out to eat, dads get a few presents (shirt or tie is popular), and children come home from school with paper-crafts to show their appreciation.

Money Struggles Every 20-Something Should Go Through and Why

Money Struggles Every 20-Something Should Go Through and Why

Being young and broke is a rite of passage that nearly everybody goes through in their early adulthood. And, although it isn’t pleasant, it is highly instructive and can shape you into a more frugal, more savvy, and even more compassionate person — which will be helpful for yourself and those around you, for the rest of your life. (Plus, often the payoff is the incomparable satisfaction of being...

7 Adventures for the Thrill Seekers in France

7 Adventures for the Thrill Seekers in France

Who says France and Paris has to be all about the romance? France has so much more to offer outside of the lovely restaurants and scenery! Here are seven ideas of things for you to enjoy, whether it’s alone, with your partner, or your best friend these are sure to thrill! 7. La Plagne Olympic Track TIME FROM PARIS: ~6 hours Although the main event at La Plagne seems to be the bobsleds in the...

Ideal June Family Vacation Spots in US and Abroad

Ideal June Family Vacation Spots

The kids are out of school, you’ve saved up all of those vacation days all year for it, the pressure is on for this vacation to be the best! It can be hard to pick – how far do you want to go? How much money do you want to spend? How are you getting there? Be sure to explore these options before you make your decision!

6 Benefits of Attending an Online Language Event

6 Benefits of Attending an Online Language Event

When you’re learning a new language, one of the best ways to do it is by attending online language events. Of course, there are more ways to do it – you can attend language conferences from your city, you can enroll in some online courses, you can learn from books and audiobooks, and you can even improve your language by listening to music and watching movies in that language.

3 Secret Tips Top Leaders Use To CRUSH The Competition!

Tip #1: What is the MAIN Function of a Leader? Strangely … Most “Leaders” don’t know! The MAIN Function Of A LEADER: A True Leader INSPIRES … And Gets Staff To Follow The MISSION. TRUE LEADER: The LEADER Has A VISION Of A Better FUTURE And A PATH To Get There! The Staff FOLLOWS Because They WANT To Be A Part Of That FUTURE Give your staff a vision of something GREAT you are going to do together …...

Top 10 Online Career Development Courses

Top 10 Online Career Development Courses

Whether you’ve been in the business world for years or have just graduated, there’s always new things to learn. It’s no longer necessary to drag yourself to the local university after work to further your business skills, you can do it right from the comfort of your own home now! Here are 10 career development courses that will benefit you, no matter where you are in your career! 10. Learn How to...

How to Catch Yourself Up for Avengers: Endgame

How to Catch Yourself Up for Avengers: Endgame

The Avengers seem to be causing a lot of buzz over the past few months, this ten-year long story is finally coming to an end. Perhaps you’re completely new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or perhaps you’re a casual fan, having missed some movies along the way. Either way, here’s how to catch yourself up before seeing the heavily anticipated Endgame. The MCU breaks down the past ten years worth...

How Easter is Celebrated Around the World

How People Celebrate Easter Around the World

Easter is a very special time of the year in many different cultures around the world. While most of us associate eggs, bunnies, and turkeys with Easter celebration, there is a lot more to it, and it’s all tied up with language and culture.

Top 3 Family-Friendly Easter Getaways

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Easter weekend is the perfect time to whisk the family away on a mini vacation. If you are looking for a family-friendly Easter break, then we have the US top 3 for you that are sure to please.

How Gapping Abroad Can Change Your Life

How a Gap Year Abroad Can Change Your Life

Ever thought about gapping abroad for a year or two, but worried about the impact it would have on your life, career and future? The irony is that those who have taken this leap of faith and taken a gap year, say that the benefits for their attitude to life had the opposite effect.

Take a Trip to Cairo and Find Out 7 Magical Facts

Take a Trip to Cairo and Find Out 7 Magical Facts

Cairo (Al-Qahira): A city that’s home to the Pyramids, the Sphinx of Giza, the Egyptian National Museum, the beautiful Nile river and shopping in the Khan al Halili Bazaar. Being the largest metropolis in the Arab World, Cairo attracts countless numbers of tourists, students and expats every year from around the world. Anyone who truly wants to understand the ancient and modern history of...

8 Tips to Help You Master Interviews

8 Tips to Help You Master Interviews

Do you freeze at the idea of doing an interview? If you are anything like me, the thought of an interview can be a source of stress since there is normally a lot at stake; a job I’ve always wanted, career advancement, or simply wanting to make the right first impression. Most of us experience this because we spend hours working on our resumes and cover letters but unfortunately do not put in the...

How to Improve My Public Speaking Skills

How to improve my public speaking skills

We all know that fear of public speaking amongst individuals is quite common, but did you know that around 74% of people are frightened at the thought of speaking in front of any type of audience? There’s even a term, glossophobia, given to the fear of public speaking. The underlying fear of embarrassment or judgement by others is what stops people from speaking with confidence in front of others.

The Keys to A Healthy & Fulfilled Life

Self-Motivation And Personal Development

For as long as mankind has been around, we have had the desire to learn how to have a fulfilled and meaningful life? In my personal experience, I have discovered that the best way in which to feel a sense of accomplishment in life is to learn something new. The reason that people do not feel accomplished is that they are doing the same old-same old day after day. There is no excitement or...

The Hidden Historical Gem of Greece – Rhodes Island

Where to Ramble in Rhodes

25th March 2019 marks the 198th Independence Day of Greece. A country that brought us democracy, philosophy, Olympics, Moussaka, and Gyros! On this joyous occasion, we take a look at one of Greece’s hidden gems discovered by one of our travel writers, Nikola K.

20 Famous People That Can Speak a Variety of Languages

20 Famous People That Can Speak a Variety of Languages

Learning languages has been an essential part of many celebrity lives across the globe. At times it is to fit into a character, communicate with a wider audience, or they may have picked it up while living abroad. Many famous celebrities have discovered the great benefits of learning another language.

Coffee Culture From Around The World

Coffee Culture From Around The World

Here is an awesome way to take in new cultures from around the world. Have a cup of coffee at the local plaza, piazza or platz and soak in the local culture like never before.

The Best Cities to Visit in March

As the weather prepares to turn into spring, it is in our nature to be ready for a change. Exploring other cultures and the world is incredibly rewarding and is the best way to grow as human beings. The choice of places to visit this time of year is very exciting and varied.  Here is our list!

Top 10 Happiest and Healthiest Countries in the World

The United Nations every year measures the quality of life for citizens around the world and releases the ‘World Happiness Report‘. 13 countries have dominated the top of the list since the reporting began in 2012. What makes these countries the happiest in the world? Let’s find out!

International Women’s Day Historical Facts (Infographic)

International Women’s Day Historical Facts (March 8)

Today International Women’s Day is a public holiday in many countries around the globe and is celebrated on March 8th. The day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world. But did you know some of the most important issues that the International Women’s Day has highlighted?

St. Patrick’s Day Around The World

St. Patrick's Day Around The World

St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Traditionally, the festival was a religious feast-day in 17th century which has now evolved into a celebration like no other.

What is TEFL Certification?

What-Is-TEFL-Certification

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. If your goal is to teach English abroad, TEFL is the most widely accepted (and highly regarded) of the four main ESL certification options.

7 Languages to Win Hearts This Valentine’s Day

7 Languages to Win Hearts This Valentine’s Day

February 14th is fast approaching and the search for a valentine is on. Or if you have one, the quest to impress them should be leaving you with sleepless nights. Don’t worry – we have you covered! Language has knitted many a romantic story and has been known to bring people closer. Just what you need to win hearts and minds. 

What You Didn’t Know about Valentine’s Day

What You Didn’t Know about Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world on February 14th and is popularly acknowledged as the day that celebrates love and romance. However, most people do not know the historical significance of this festive day and its origin: Where? When? and How it began?

Where is Chinese (Mandarin) Spoken?

Where is Chinese (Mandarin) Spoken?

China has the largest population in the world with approximately 1.28 billion people, so learning to speak Chinese means you will be able to communicate with a gazillion people in the world! That’s just simple math that makes sense, whether you are the next Fermat or not.

Groundhog Day – Exclusive Celebrity Interview

Groundhog Day - Exclusive Celebrity Interview

Cudoo has a gift for all its readers. A Groundhog Day special, Cudoo has managed to secure an interview with the remarkable Punxsutawney Phil Sowerby. In an exclusive one-off interview, the weather prognosis extraordinaire has shared with us everything you ever wanted to know about Groundhog Day, before embarking on his winter slumber.

10 Skills That Companies Need in 2019

10 Soft Skills That Will Make You Richer

Having the technical skills and knowledge to successfully execute your responsibilities is only part of being the best you can be within your organization. In addition, you also need to have skills that will allow you to effectively work with others and help you stand out the rest of the year!

What Languages Should Children Be Learning in 2019

What Languages Should Children Be Learning to Get Ahead?

Increased globalization and access to almost every part of the world has created commercial and travel opportunities that seemed unimaginable just 50 years ago. This phenomenon has sharply drawn to focus the sheer number of languages and cultures practiced around the world, and the need to be, at the very least, bilingual is a common trend shaping up in the year 2019.

Top Countries to Visit in 2019

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The year 2018 is soon going to end and as we set ourselves to welcome the new year (2019), with fireworks, parties and celebrations, here I have picked the top 10 countries you should add to your travel diary in the new year!

The Top 10 Jobs For The New Year

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As the economy continues to fluctuate in an increasingly volatile geo-political landscape, re-inventing ourselves through skills development and broadening our personal scope to look beyond the horizon is important to stay relevant and increase our chances of gaining employment.

Do You Know Where These 10 Christmas Dishes Are From?

Do You Know Where These 10 Christmas Dishes Are From?

The festive season is galloping towards us with the nimble speed of a cheeky reindeer, a time when we all start to look forward to our own traditions and favorite Christmas dishes. Our cuisine is meshed and embedded in the language and culture of our home country, and is as much a feast of tradition as of tasty treats!

Why Language Learning Shouldn’t Be A New Year’s Resolution

Why Language Learning Shouldn’t Be a New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of the year again. Be it social media, your local newspaper or even your closest buddy. They’re all on about their New Year’s resolution. From exercising more to spending less, the resolutions are as diverse as the people that make them. Learning a language shouldn’t be one of them.

Why Social-Emotional Learning is Crucial for Success?

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INTRODUCTION Child development experts and educators have changed their perception about the skills that make students successful in life and academics. Employers are nowadays looking for employees who can interact well with others in the organization. Business practices are ever changing, and skills that were once thought as unnecessary have become the core values that any employer wants in an...

Top 10 New Year Resolutions That You Can Actually Keep

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions That You Can Actually Keep

According to statistics, 41% of Americans keep New Year resolutions every year, and only 9% actually manage to achieve with some success. So if you’re like most Americans and thinking about making a New Year’s resolution, from learning a new language to spending less and traveling more — congratulations, you have about 9% success rate!

Top Foreign Languages to Learn in 2019

Top Foreign Languages to Learn in 2018

Learning a language has been a popular new year resolution for many years, and has consistently featured as one of the top 10 resolutions of all time.
So, if you are considering learning a language this new year, then you are in luck as we have selected the top foreign languages to learn in 2019.

5 Destinations You Must Visit in 2019

5 Destinations You Must Visit in 2019

Winter is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing: It’s time to start planning your adventures for next year! If you need some inspiration, look no further than our jam-packed guide that features classical favorites and up-and-coming destinations.

How to Build Long-Term Relationships with Clients

How To Build Long-Term Relationships With Clients

Two opposing goals seem to be the result of a successful sale – making the sale while also hoping to build a long-term relationship with the client. 98% of the top sales professionals say that building relationships is the most important part of generating new business.

How Soft Skills Can Help You Land a Job

Soft Skills Can Help You Land a Job

Have you heard about “soft skills”? They matter much more than you think when it comes to landing a job. Here’s the what, why, and how of soft skills. How Soft Skills Can Help You Land a Job Everyone knows that their resume is an important aspect of landing their next job. Far fewer people acknowledge the role that soft skills play in the interviewing or promotion process. In the modern...

The Job Interview- How to ace it.

Important Phrases To Learn In Time for Rio 2016

We’ve all been there. An impending job interview, but little to no idea on what to expect. Frequently asking yourself, “how do I behave, what do I say or better yet, not say”.

Top 10 excuses for being over budget

Budgets and Managing Money

Why Budget?! A business shouldn’t open its doors without having some idea of what to expect, and it shouldn’t close its doors without knowing what happened. A business should also plan and prepare for its future. One way to do this is to budget. But why should we bother with budgets in this age of change? Sometimes, you go through all that work and then senior managers make changes that knock...

Five Reasons Why You Should Learn Portuguese

Five Reasons Why You Should Learn Portuguese

Learn Portuguese and discover hidden treasures on four continents. Portuguese is gaining prominence in the world of business, as one of the official languages of the European Union and the language of key sporting events such as the World Cup and Rio2016 Summer Olympics. Be it Portugal’s musical festivals or Brazil’s dance carnivals and passion for football – discover vibrant and popular cultures...

Different Varieties of The English Language

English, the world over

English is the most widely-spoken language in the world, having the distinct status of being the official language of multiple countries. While the English language is uniform with major variations in spelling present between American English and British English, the dialect or accent is usually the factor that enables one to distinguish the various types of English out there.

Educating the Evil Away

Educating the Evil Away

Evil, we’ve experienced every sort throughout our brief time here as a species- and for the longest time; these evils were defined to be external entities. We’re now at a rather strange era in our evolution, one in which we as a whole have made the evil an internal aspect of our livelihoods. A study conducted by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation was dedicated to these very evils and termed them as...

Building Communities – One Language At A Time

Building Communities - One Language At A Time

Dr. Alexander Waibel (2012) believes that it isn’t the lack of connectivity or the tools used to link one another but rather the absence of other forms, such as language and culture, which negatively affects the growing phenomenon of globalization and hinders the interdependence that is supposed to bring people across the world together.

10 Reasons Why A Trip to Lebanon is A Must

10 Reasons Why A Trip to Lebanon is A Must

Lebanon, a 5000 plus-year-old country, with a population of over 5 million people, is located in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean sea on one side, and Israel and Syria at the other. This small Mediterranean nation forms a fascinating connection between the West and the Middle East; of tradition and modernity; of Christianity and Islam. It’s where family, religion, and culture...

Top Tips for A Trip to London

Top Tips for A Trip to London

Take a trip to London, home to the recently married Royal Couple and the Royal Family, the Beckhams, Madonna, Richard Branson and tons of other cool celebrities, and get on famously with your English skills.

Marvel Superhero Names in Different Languages

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The ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ film is all set to make a devastating impact on our lives this weekend and as we prepare to welcome the 19th installment coming from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and celebrate the global reach of Marvel comics and movies, we list our favorite Marvel superhero names in different world languages!

St. George – The Dragon Slayer

St. George - The Dragon Slayer

St George’s Day takes place on April 23rd every year, celebrating the patron saint of England, made famous for slaying a dragon and saving a maiden in distress.

12 Reasons to study Foreign Languages

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Multiply your Chances of Being Hired: A foreign language is your passport for a good job. It is the best way to differentiate yourself. All companies now need people who can communicate with foreign clients. Get a Promotion: The advantages of being multilingual do not stop once hired. The language barrier is the number one reason to forbid companies to get business abroad. Managers who can close...

5 Tips on French Business Etiquette

French Business Etiquette

Whether it’s a simple handshake or an important business lunch, these 5 tips on French business etiquette can be the difference between landing an important job or a crucial client, or offending your host.

Top 25 English Words & Phrases

Top 25 English Words & Phrases

Here is a list of 25 common English words and phrases which are used daily by English speakers across the world! You are likely to hear these words in everyday conversations and dialogues happening around you in the English language.

Idioms Are Just a Piece of Cake!

Idioms Are Just a Piece of Cake!

You must be wondering what exactly I am talking about here. Many questions arise in your mind such as, ‘Are idioms a type of cake? Or what does idiom even mean?’ Here I will explain to you what are idioms and after reading this article you would definitely agree with me saying “Idioms are actually a piece of cake.”

10 Tips for Advanced Business Writing

10 Tips for Advanced Business Writing

We have all learned in school how to write general essays, argumentative writing and of course a little bit of creative writing as well. By knowing these general forms of writing, we often consider ourselves experts until the day when we are asked to write an important business letter, especially within the first week of starting a new job! Like everyone else, you turn to Google for ways to write...

Words in English That Contradict Themselves

Words in English That Contradict Themselves

The English Language can be very ambiguous, especially when it comes to its complex vocabulary and grammar. Among all the concepts of English grammar such as the tenses, modal, imperatives and conditions, there are a certain set of words that have the same spelling but have completely different meaning.

The Perfect Handshake

The Perfect Handshake

On an average, it is estimated that an individual will shakehands 15000 in their lifetime and yet, 70% of the surveyed population said they lacked confidence when it came to performing the gesture, according to a survey at the car making firm, Chevrolet.

Translating the Handshake Across Cultures

Translating the Handshake Across Cultures

Shaking hands may seem like a universally accepted form of greeting your counterparts, however, what would you do if the other person doesn’t offer their hand? Such as if you are greeting a woman in a conservative Muslim culture in the Middle East, or when your Japanese business contact greets you with a bow!

5 Easiest Languages to Learn

5 Easiest Languages to Learn

Learning a new language can be liberating as well as frustrating. Once you have learned a new language, your horizons widen, including the number of vacation spots, while a feeling of accomplishment settles in.

Common American Gestures to Avoid when Abroad

Common American Gestures to Avoid when Abroad

You might be going on a holiday, with no care in the world, just wanting to enjoy some fresh local food and doing the usual touristy things. Well, while planning your trip you may or may not be aware of how easy it is to offend people that belong to a different culture. So, rather than unknowlingly offending people or getting a lot of dirty looks on your blissful vacation, it would be better to...

What Languages are the Hardest to Learn for English Speakers?

What Languages are the Hardest to Learn for English Speakers?

Having the ability to communicate in more than one language is known to be beneficial and an attractive quality for a long time. Not only does it increase your marketability as an individual for job opportunities, as a student, etc., but being multilingual is known to help improve soft-skills such as multitasking.

5 Mistakes to Avoid After a Vacation

5 Mistakes to Avoid After a Vacation

Vacations usually start before you even leave for them. You start imagining how the hotel will be; all the delicious food you will get to eat and how much you will get to relax and sleep in. There’s so much to look forward to.

10 Emojis That You Are Using Incorrectly

10 Emojis That You Are Using Incorrectly

 Emojis are a great way to express emotions between friends, family and colleagues! We use emojis almost on an hourly basis and are universally accepted as standalone replies in our WhatsApp or Skype conversations. However, are you sure you atr using them properly?

10 Awesome Tips for Back to School Season

10 Awesome Tips for Back to School Season

As the ‘Back to School’ season kicks-in and schools are getting ready to re-open and welcome students for a new academic year, we take a look at how parents can prepare their children and themselves to the daily routine to follow the summer break.

Flags of the World and the Stories behind Them

Flags of the World and the Stories behind Them

A flag indicates more than a piece of cloth with colors and designs – it is a symbol of an entire nation. Every flag in the world varies distinctly from one country to another and is a direct reflection of the state’s history, culture and background. However, who designs the national flag of a country and what motivates the particular designs of each flag? What are they commonly referred to as...

10 Game of Thrones Dialogues You Can Use Everyday!

10 Game of Thrones Dialogues You Can Use Everyday!

A bestseller and now ranked one of the most popular TV series of all time, Game of Thrones has left its very prominent mark in the literary and cultural world. With the series comprising some stunning one-liners, the dialogues are equally famous and quoted often.

10 Characteristics that Make the Perfect Language Teacher

10 Characteristics that Make the Perfect Language Teacher

Learning a language can feel like a daunting task and a seemingly impossible achievement. Teaching a language, however, can seem even more intimidating. Most teachers will know that fluency in a language, while definitely important, is not enough to be an effective teacher. So what stands out most about our most memorable teachers who helped us learn a language without resigning to hopelessness...

Dining Etiquette Around the World

Dining Etiquette Around the World

Learning how to eat the right way in the country you plan to visit is an important part of the prep before a trip. Just like looking up common phrases in the foreign destination’s language, or the climate your future trip location enjoys – researching the local dining etiquette can save you from seeming rude. Tipping, cutlery usage, and even seasoning should be kept in mind, and improper...

The Science Behind Efficient Learning

The Science Behind Efficient Learning

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” This quote by Eartha Kitt is profound in that as human beings, we never truly stop learning. We learn how to walk, how to talk, to read, write, and develop as many skills as we need to become active and functioning contributors to our society. But in the meantime, have we spent enough time learning how to learn?

Job Interviews – What to Expect and How to Ace Them!

Job Interviews – What to Expect and How to Ace Them!

Sitting in a waiting room pretending to look calm and composed, wearing your best suit and clutching a set of CVs while trying to hide your sweaty palms is a mental picture to which almost anyone can relate. Job interviews can be frightening and stressful, but it is an integral part of your job search and is the best opportunity to promote yourself with a face-to-face conversation. So what can be...

200 Action Verbs to Use in Your New and Improved Resume

200 Action Verbs to Use in Your New and Improved Resume

Resume building is essential – it is the first piece of document reviewed by any recruiter and is used by any company to form a first impression to decide whether you are worth hiring. Action verbs are vital in resumes, to show what you have contributed and where you have added value, rather than just providing a job description. Show how you can be an asset. Spice up your resume with our...

Smart Icebreakers That Will Make You Better at Networking

Smart Icebreakers That Will Make You Better at Networking

Small talk is a huge, yet unavoidable aspect of networking. The pressure of trying to connect quickly and effectively with complete strangers can be stressful, sometimes even causing to stray away from the situation entirely. However, small talk need not reduce you into a panic stricken state of silence! Follow our 8 simple yet smart icebreakers to practice and turn you into a pro...

Tips for Language Learners Stuck on the Plateau Phase

Tips for Language Learners Stuck on the Plateau Phase

Learning a language can be and should be a lengthy process, where keeping motivation up is sometimes more important than any other strategy. Once the honeymoon phase of language learning is completed, the intermediate stages can feel like you are standing in the same place for a while. So what can be done to keep up motivation and not remain in the continuous spiral of the “plateau phase”? Follow...

What is Bullet Journaling and Why is It So Effective?

What is Bullet Journaling and Why is It So Effective?

Created by Ryder Carroll, a designer from Brooklyn New York, the Bullet Journal has been a massively popular trend in organization and task management over the last few years. With social media, especially Instagram, Pintrest and Tumblr, now swamped with content regarding Bullet Journaling, it is evident how widespread the phenomenon is, and how many people are now swearing by this method for...

Enable the Extended Enterprise with One LMS

Enable the Extended Enterprise with One LMS

A learning management system (LMS), is a learning software application designed to deliver, track and certify online courses and training. E-learning differs from traditional learning methods by using online training with real-time tracking of results, allowing for maximum time optimization and reduced costs. An LMS delivers and manages instructional content, and typically handles student...

Handsfree Ways to Learn a Language

Handsfree Ways to Learn a Language

The traditional imagery of learning a language is usually associated with books, a tutor, pen pals, and a whole lot of other seemingly endless (and heavy) material that frankly doesn’t seem practical in today’s world.

Etymologies of Major Cities

Etymologies of Major Cities

The roots of a city’s name is often associated with the place’s culture, and understanding why and how a place was given its name can result in a fascinating outlook into its traditions, background and historical relevance.
Read on to find out super interesting historical facts about the etymologies of some of the world’s most important cities.

English Writing Mistakes To Avoid

English Writing Mistakes To Avoid

Fluency in a language does not guarantee perfect grammar. Especially for a language as quirky as English, the correct use of words and spellings can be confusing. Even native speakers are subject to mistakes when using homonyms, commas and apostrophes. Learn English grammar using these 20 tips, and you never have to suffer the wrath of that one grammar control friend!

Learn the Art of Smart Networking

Learn the Art of Smart Networking

Learn to love networking. A vital aspect of any career, networking is not only necessary but is also incredibly helpful on so many levels short-term and long-term. It is a source of support for everyday job concerns and helps avoid feelings of isolation, while also being an opportunity to connect with peers in your field. A recent survey by LinkedIn even showed that upto 85% of jobs are currently...

How to Earn Extra Income Using Your Foreign Language Skills

How to Earn Extra Income Using Your Foreign Language Skills

In a world that is constantly “shrinking”, the need for effective language communication both personally and professionally is ever increasing. With more people living, working and traveling internationally, fluency in multiples languages is an attractive skill to possess, with multinational companies like Apple and Amazon actively recruiting bilingual and multilingual employees. In fact, the...

English Phrases You Need to Know This Summer

English Phrases You Need to Know This Summer

Ever hear expressions said in contexts that make no sense? The English language, with its kinks, twists and quirks, can seem complex, when in reality it is a truly a fun language with beach bags of character. With the heat of summer and the hope of vacation upon us, here are 20 unique phrases and their meanings relating to the holidays that’ll definitely help you seem like a native speaker!

Phubbing – Does Your Phone Matter More Than A Friend?

Phubbing – Does Your Phone Matter More Than A Friend?

A portmanteau of “phone” and “snubbing”, phubbing describes the habit of ignoring someone in favor of a mobile phone.  Initially coined by a campaign conducted by Macquarie Dictionary, the word gained the majority of its traction and popularity due to the “Stop Phubbing” campaign created by Alex Haigh of McCann advertising agency.

The Coolest Travel Idioms in the World

The Coolest Travel Idioms in the World

Apart from being just downright fun, idioms are also a window into a language’s cultural origins and an amazing way of blending into a new place as a local. What is an idiom? This is an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements. In other, a bunch of words put together in an unusual way to mean something completely different! In the spirit of...

How Colorful is Your English?

How Colorful is Your English?

  Add color to your language and sound like a native speaker! A primary means of describing any object is to talk about its color. It immediately paints an image of the object in the mind’s eye and allows for more creative expression during a dialogue. However, the real challenge is to go beyond the monotony of the reds, blues and yellows to really describe an object using a specific...

Thai Cultural Etiquette

Thai Cultural Etiquette

How’s your Thai etiquette? With the arrival of summer come the vacation plans and getaways, and what better place for a holiday than one of South East Asia’s most popular travel destinations, Thailand? With its beaches, national parks, benign climate and incredible culture, Thailand continues to dominate at the forefront of South Asian tourism, and with good reason. The year of 2016 saw 32...

Top Tips for UAE Cultural Etiquette

Top Tips for UAE Cultural Etiquette

Over the past 2 decades, the UAE has become a significant business and leisure destination. From its stunning architecture to its irresistible beaches, the UAE has redefined the art of hospitality in its central geographical location where “east meets west”. Make sure you know the ins and outs of UAE cultural etiquette to make the most of your trip or relocation to this...

Top Tips for Job Search from a Recent Graduate

Top Tips for Job Search from a Recent Graduate

As steady progress is being made through commencement season, the relief of finally having completed a degree is slowly and surely being replaced with the panic of the endless abyss that is job hunting. As numbers of students graduating continue to rise exponentially, the need to set oneself apart from the crowd is more vital now than it was a generation ago. So what can be done to give one an...

The 4 Steps to Impactful Business Communication

The 4 Steps to Impactful Business Communication

We recognize that communication is a key skill for success and the driver for getting what we want and need, yet we often fail to recognize the most effective method of communication, the method of communication that supports shared understanding and purpose.

6 Top Tips to Get Along With Millennials at Work

6 Top Tips to Get Along With Millennials at Work

Companies are putting in serious efforts to make the millennials feel welcome without undermining those that came ahead of them. While it might be tricky, it is not impossible. After all, age is just a number!
Here are our top tips on how you can get along with millennials in the workplace.

Life After Graduation – What to Expect and How to Deal with it!

Life After Graduation - What to Expect and How to Deal with it!

Life after graduation is the tangible, petrifying “afterlife” of the average twenty-odd year old. While college may have initially been an overwhelming idea, four years and some incredible memories later, the last thing a college senior desires is to leave the comfort of university and enter into the “real” world.

What Are the World’s Most Powerful Languages?

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“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” This famous quote by Charlemagne is especially significant in an increasingly globalized world, where functionality in multiple languages may be considered as the passport of a true global citizen. Therefore in a world with over 6000 spoken dialects, what languages would be the most useful to maximize communication? The following is a list...

Top Tips For Graduating Successfully

Top Tips For Graduating Successfully

Although the four years spent at college is a stark contrast to the first 18 years, hundreds of thousands of students graduate every year from universities across the world, and go on to lead successful lives and careers.  Alternatively, there also remain those that do not make it through the rigors of college life. So what makes a good student and how does one go about successfully...

7 Essential Skills Every Call Center Agent Needs to Be Successful

7 Essential Skills Every Call Center Agent Needs to Be Successful

Even with state-of-the-art virtual contact center software with every feature available, the precise equipment, and numerous reporting dashboards, an effective call center is only ultimately as good as it agents. Statistics from the 2016 Customer Engagement Index survey conducted by [24]7 showed that 47% of customers were likely to take their business to a competitor within one day of...

Arabic Phrases Useful to Learn During Ramadan

Arabic Phrases Useful to Learn During Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month in the religion of Islam and is marked by a time of required fasting. Observance of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.  Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is lunar-based., and therefore falls on a different date in the Gregorian calendar every year.  Here’s our quick guide to useful phrases you should know...

10 Steps to Get Ready for a Leadership Role

10 Steps to Get Ready for a Leadership Role

A leadership role is the most pivotal positon in a business. A leader has the power to sink their company or make them soar. Contrary to the popular belief, no one is born a leader. Leaders are made. It takes years of hard work, determination and sacrifice to be a great leader.

Which Nationalities are the Best at Learning Languages?

Which Nationalities are the Best at Learning Languages?

Language learning is often associated with cramming vocabulary and remembering grammar rules. While these are necessary to master a language, there are additional factors that play a role in how fast and how well you can be fluent in a particular language.

Top 10 Skills Every New Graduate Needs

Top 10 Skills Every New Graduate Needs

Every year, fresh graduates enter the workforce aiming to put their hard-earned degrees to good use. Very often, the graduates tend to rely on the academic excellence to score top positions in top companies. While this might have worked in the past, the global job industry is changing and with that, more companies are demanding a lot more than knowledge gained from a students’ time spent in...

Which Social Media Platform is Best for Which Industry?

Which Social Media Platform is Best for Which Industry?

If we look back over the last decade and think of one thing that has affected how we live as a whole from a tech perspective, the rapid development in smartphone technology would certainly be up there. However, the impact of social media, hand in hand with the smartphone (literally), knocks this out of the park.

My Tips from 18 Years of Teaching English

My Tips from 18 Years of Teaching English

Teaching English can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do, and if you are looking for purpose in your life, then this is a way to really give back and make a difference.
Read on for an amazing insight into the world of English teaching, as Mr. Kai shares the challenges and joys of his 18-year journey as a teacher.

Top 8 Tips for Business Writing

Top 8 Tips for Business Writing

“Clarity is the most important characteristic of good business writing,” says Mignon Fogarty, creator of the ‘Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing’ podcast. “Often business people will use big $10 words because they want to sound intelligent. Instead, they end up sounding like they’re trying too hard.”

Commonly Confused Words in the English Language

Commonly Confused Words in the English Language

In this day and age of autocorrect and spell checks, there is a tendency for even the sharpest amongst us to assume our work is flawless. What we don’t realize is that auto correct and spell checks only check the spelling and there is no intelligent bot embedded in any software or devices (so far) to identify the logical accuracy of sentences we construct. In the English language, there are a...

Prom Celebrations From Around The World

Prom Celebrations From Around The World

In the United States, and increasingly in the United Kingdom and Canada, a promenade dance, most commonly called a prom, is a semi-formal (black tie) dance or gathering of high school students.

Business Etiquette – How to Gain that Extra Edge

Business Etiquette - How to Gain that Extra Edge

Often behavior that is interpreted as rude or offensive is unintentional. What is perfectly reasonable to one culture can be highly inappropriate to another. So where does this leave us when working and living in multi-cultural companies or cities? Nowhere is the lack of culture awareness more evident or more problematic than in the world of business. Building trust and effective relationships is...

15 Star Wars Quotes That You Can Use in Everyday Life

15 Star Wars Quotes That You Can Use in Everyday Life

The ‘Star Wars’ saga has inspired many people around the world to use the movies for learning English and practicing their listening and speaking skills. Here are a few prominent dialogues and one-liners that any Star Wars fans would remember for sure and can be applied to everyday, meaningful conversations while speaking English.

Can You Pronounce These ‘Longest Words’ From Languages Around the World?

Can You Pronounce These 'Longest Words' From Languages Around the World?

Did you know that the longest English word ever (a chemical name for titin) is 189,819 letters long and takes approximately three and a half hours to pronounce!
Thankfully not all words are as long or complicated. Some are significantly lower with as little as 24 letters.
Here is a list of the longest words in 13 languages from all around the globe.

10 Strange Words That Actually Exist in the Oxford English Dictionary

10 Strange Words That Actually Exist in the Oxford English Dictionary

English is a funny language! We know that already. After all, ‘a fat chance’ and ‘a slim chance’ in English have the same meaning. We also have ‘noses that run’ and ‘feet that smell’, which is just bizarre to anyone who has just started to learn English. Today, however, we will take a look at English words that are strange, but make absolute sense...

Why Language Exchange Platforms Are Perfect for Language Practice

Why Language Exchange Platforms Are Perfect for Language Practice

With the advancement of technology, the line between formal learning and social learning is become blurred. An up and coming trend is the emergence of social language exchange platforms. Requiring only an internet connection and the need for thrill that accompanies language learning, many language learners are turning towards these platforms to practice their classroom knowledge of a particular...

10 German Phrases to Make You Sound Like a Local

10 German Phrases to Make You Sound Like a Local

When traveling to a new country, we often find ourselves holding a dictionary or a language guide that contains phrases that might not necessarily reflect the local lingo. This gives us away when we try to blend in with the local community and culture as we are regarded as tourists. In order to blend in, picking up a few phrases that are frequently used by the locals can be very handy. Stand out...

Spanish- Who Speaks it and Where

Useful Spanish Verbs

So you may be wondering what the difference is between castellano, español and Latin American Spanish. So in one sentence: castellano and español are the same. Peninsular Spanish is the name of the Castilian spoken in Spain.  The other forms of Castilian (Spanish) spoken elsewhere is all classified as Latin American Spanish.
Phew, now that we have got that clear…

How To Find Time (The Guide to Awesome Time Management)

How To Find Time (The Guide to Awesome Time Management)

The challenge of time management. I had a clear out at home this weekend, and got to Sunday evening feeling a) virtuous, b) lighter, and c) covered in dust. Now if I had kept up with all the de-cluttering as I went along, I might have been able to spend the weekend a) outside, b) with friends, and c) not covered in dust. Just like Hermione in Harry Potter, Tim Lake and his dad in About Time, and...

Which Countries Have the Most English Speakers?

Which Countries Have the Most English Speakers?

An estimated 840 million people speak English around the world. Known as the global business language, there are 335 million people on the planet who speak it as a first language and 505 million who speak it as a second language.

Arabic – Who Speaks It and Where?

Arabic - Who Speaks It and Where?

Arabic offers a blend of critical language skills and is useful in over 20 countries with around 300 million native speakers. There’s no doubt that those who learn Arabic can live, work, and interact with a more diverse set of countries. As the Arabic saying goes, ‘awwal alshshajarat bidharr (“A tree begins with a seed.”)  A trend can be seen in the private and non-profit sectors...

90 Easy Ways to Market Yourself

90 Easy Ways to Market Yourself

A small marketing budget doesn’t mean you can’t meet your goals and business objectives. You just have to be more creative in your marketing tactics. Read on for top tips for low-cost, and non-cost strategies to improve sales, develop your company’s image, and build your bottom line.

Training To Whet Your Learner’s Appetite

Training To Whet Your Learner's Appetite

As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Same with learners. So how to whet their whistle, and make sure that your learners can’t wait to dive in? It’s important for learning and development professionals to keep learners and their desired experiences at a premium while tailoring their training. Read on to find out how to make sure you are...

5 Habits of Seriously Successful Language Learners

5 Habits of Seriously Successful Language Learners

Just as learning is for everyone, everyone can learn a language. Check out our famous polyglots as you read the blog! (A polyglot is a person who speaks multiple languages fluently.) While a multitude of factors might hinder you from learning a sport or a musical instrument, language learning is a path where obstacles are seldom present.

What Are the Top 6 Most Multi-Cultural Cities in the World?

What Are the Top 6 Most Multi-Cultural Cities in the World?

With the increasing number of multicultural people living and interacting in one city, cultural diversity is the norm. Gen Z are about to enter the workplace and have grown up with and expect cultural diversity. However, there are certain cities around the world that are considered to be prime examples of cultural hubs. Now that’s a great way to get more for your buck when it comes to...

How To Create Winning Proposals

How To Create Winning Proposals

The thought of writing a proposal overwhelms many people, but the task does not have to be daunting. There is a simple and proven method to making sure your proposal rocks. Your proposal has to be well-nigh perfect to even have a chance of being discussed, let alone funded. Yes, proposal writing is the hardest part of the job, simply because there’s so much at stake for all parties concerned...

What is Nowruz and Who Celebrates It?

What is Nowruz and Who Celebrates It?

When is it? March 21 or the previous/following day, depending on where it is observed. Nowruz is the traditional Iranian festival of spring, which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, commencing the start of the spring. It is considered as the start of the New Year among Iranians along with some other ethno-linguistic groups. The name comes from Avestan meaning “new...

Gen Z is Entering the Workplace – How Good Is Your Emoji?

Gen Z is Entering the Workplace - How Good Is Your Emoji?

Sitting next to a Gen Xer on their phone versus a Gen Zer on their phone is not just chat that is streets apart; it’s another planet. We are talking grammatically correct sentences with the odd “u” or “K” versus strings of emojis…Gen Y sit in between with abbreviations and emoji combo. Get ready for a different type of language learning. Gen Z leads when...

Learn the ASL (American Sign Language) Alphabet

Learn the ASL (American Sign Language) Alphabet

INTRODUCTION: American Sign Language (ASL) is a fascinating language that many people start to see its value and purpose. It is a visual language formed by organized hand gestures, body movements, and facial expressions. Learning ASL won’t just create meaningful relationships, but will provide more job opportunities, as it’s becoming increasingly essential in many workplaces. Its...

How to Be an Extraordinary Negotiator

How to Be an Extraordinary Negotiator

Negotiation is part of our daily lives. From the vegetable vendor at the local market to the CEO of a fortune 500 company, everyone needs to negotiate to get what they want, or what they deserve. Negotiation is an art and a skill. While it might come naturally to some, it is often an acquired trait that often requires years of practice. Read on to find out how you can be an extraordinary...

Tea Culture From Around World Teaser

Tea Culture From Around World Teaser

The simple cup of tea is so much more than a refreshing beverage. It is steeped in decades of history and brewed in culture and language. Find out why with our journey around the world teaser. 

What You Need to Know to Do Business Successfully in Russia

What You Need to Know to Do Business Successfully in Russia

The Russian Federation has over 150 million people, and covers an area of greater than 6,592,800 square miles. No wonder that Russia is a country of cultural contradictions. Now add to this a very noticeable generational gap, which is reflected in the business world.
Learn Russian Business Etiquette; here’s what you need to know to do business successfully in Russia.

Top Of The To-Do List For St. Petersburg, Russia

Top Of The To-Do List For St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and is located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland. The city was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great and was once even the capital of the Russian Empire.
Nikola shares his memorable trip to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Female Educators Who Changed the World

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As the world celebrates Women’s History Month (1st March – 31st March), we take a look at how women have helped shape the society we live in today, using the most powerful tool available: Education.

Deaf Etiquette – Dos and Don’ts You Need to Know

Deaf Etiquette - Dos and Don'ts You Need to Know

Getting close to a Deaf person requires a little vulnerability on both sides. Many Deaf people are just as insecure about not being understood as you are, but most are patient and incredibly skilled at getting their point across to you. Think about how would you feel if you were living in a foreign land where the language, customs and culture weren’t native to you? Deaf people often feel this way...

What You Need to Know About Concierge Learning

What You Need to Know About Concierge Learning

What is concierge learning? When I talk to our clients about ‘concierge content’ across platforms, I’m not talking about courses for concierge staff in hotels, but for sure the overall concept is the same. Recommendations based on a personalized, conversational experience. Hotels deliver this through knowledgeable staff that also double as tour guides, whereas for edTech, it’s...

10 Free Resources to Help You Excel At Language Learning

10 Free Resources to Help You Excel At Language Learning

Learning a language can be exciting, stimulating, challenging, frustrating, or it can be all of these at the same time. Everyone knows there are oodles of benefits to learning a second language, from improving your relationships to getting that new job or working those gray cells to make sure they last. Most of all, it’s just downright fun, and here are 10 resources that prove just that!

How to Be Successful at Classroom Management

How to Be Successful at Classroom Management

People are different. Therefore, they will behave differently in your classroom. Managing those differences and keeping all students focused at the exact time that you need them to focus is one of the challenges teachers face daily. For language teachers, now throw in the extra interest that comes from teaching to a multi-lingual group, where each native language brings a different set of...

6 Reasons Why Learning Online is Ideal for Working Adults

6 Reasons Why Learning Online is Ideal for Working Adults

As a working adult, it is not easy to find time to spare. Yet there will be instances when one would have the urge to pick up a new language or learn a musical instrument or simply build up the skills section in the resume. Learning at a physical institution can be difficult for those who have a full-time job and additional responsibilities at home. Despite being tailored for working adults...

How To Create a Successful Global Corporate Culture

How To Create a Successful Global Corporate Culture

People communicate with people and not companies, and these days business is an international affair. Clients and suppliers are often spread out throughout around the globe. The linguistic complexities involved are magnified when the company has branch offices and subsidiaries in different countries, with employees speaking a range of languages. Smooth and effective communication can quickly...

Top Reasons To Love Mexico

Top Reasons To Love Mexico

 A melting pot of cosmopolitan cultures, Mexico is a gem to world travellers. Home to strolling mariachis and several world-famous artists, Mexico welcomes visitors looking to immerse themselves in the country’s vibrant culture so get ready to embrace its unique ambience. Vanessa, our guest blogger, describes her adventure as she gets to know Mexico better before deciding whether to...

10 Languages You Never Knew Existed

10 Languages You Never Knew Existed

The latest figures approximate the number of languages present and practiced around the globe to be 6500. Out of these, about 2000 languages have fewer than 1000 speakers. While most of us must have come across a good part of those languages at some point in our lives, there is still a sizeable chunk that you probably didn’t know about. 

French: Who Speaks It and Where?

French: Who Speaks It and Where?

French is spoken in thirty-nine countries spread out across five continents. These nations are known as francophone or French speaking nations. They have French either as an official language or use it for daily communication. This is Part 2 of a four-part blog identifying the nations in each of the five continents where this beautiful language is spoken. Click here to see Part One

Why Cultural Intelligence in the Retail Industry is Essential

Why Cultural Intelligence in the Retail Industry is Essential

We have all, at some point, come across terms such as IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient). While IQ is used to assess the cognitive ability of a person, the EQ tests are used to identify a person’s ability to recognize and relate to emotions exhibited by others and themselves. A new metric for measuring human capability has now been introduced, known as Cultural Intelligence or...

How to Be Successful at Business Writing

How to Be Successful at Business Writing

Whether we want to or not, most of us have to write, and in most cases we write e-mails, reports, reviews or memos that have to be written in a professional capacity. Good writing is the report that gets action and the letter that says what a phone call can’t. Find out where better writing can take you… In business writing, the language is solid, the point of view is clear and the ideas are...

How To Order Breakfast in French

How To Order Breakfast in French

The French are famous for their cuisine, and indeed they invented the word! For breakfast, they prefer to keep it short and sweet. After all, they don’t call it “le petit déjeuner” for nothing (the little breakfast). A typical breakfast in France is a croissant (buttery rolls of flaky pastry) and/or a tartine (French bread sliced lengthwise, with butter...

French Language – Who Speaks it and Where?

French Language - Who Speaks it and Where?

French is spoken in thirty-nine countries spread out across five continents. These nations are known as francophone or French speaking nations. They have French either as an official language or use it for daily communication.

Languages You Need to Know to Do Business in India

Languages You Need to Know to Do Business in India

India is the 7th largest economy in the world in terms of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). India has also overtaken China to be the fastest growing large economy. India is facing exciting times in economic growth and has a hospitable business environment. Being a country with 22 official languages spread across its various states, overseas businesses eager to enter the Indian market are usually...

7 Languages That Will Make You Richer

7 Languages That Will Make You Richer

Some learn a new language just before they travel to a new country. Others learn it to expand their intellect and explore new cultures. Most turn to languages to help them in their careers and help them earn more than what they do at present.

5 Reasons to Visit Cornwall Right Away!

5 Reasons to Visit Cornwall Right Away!

Cornwall, also known as Cornish Riviera, is a county on England’s rugged sothwestern tip, culminating at the promontory Land’s End. The county is famous for its picturesque harbor villages and sandy beaches.
Here are 5 reasons why Cornwall in England should be your next holiday destination.

Revival Languages Making a Comeback

Revival Languages Making a Comeback

Introduction: Reviving elements of history to enjoy it in the present is a practice we have adopted for long. Language, as with everything else, disappears as soon as the followers or people who practice them decide to move onto something better. At times its’ impractical grammar but more often than not, it’s usually a change in the social dynamics that lead to a language disappearing from the...

Clash of the Clans – French or German?

Clash of the Clans - French or German?

Deciding to learn a language is always the hardest step. Or so you would think. The hardest part about learning a new language is deciding which language to learn. There are over 160 languages in the world from which you have to choose the language that you think will satisfy your need for adventure and excitement and of course, practicality. After all, language learning is not all about grammar...

How To Make The Most of Your Mauritius Getaway

How To Make The Most of Your Mauritius Getaway

“You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” (Mark Twain). Vulture Culture Patrizia shares her memories of one of the most romantic locations in the world!

Why Learn Latin? It’s A Dead Language After All

Why Learn Latin? It's A Dead Language After All

While most might think of learning a supposedly “dead” language as a waste of time, there are a few people who feel otherwise. I’m one amongst them and I’m here to tell you how Latin is more alive than ever and why it might be one of the most useful languages you can learn.

Do You Know the Best Places to Visit in São Paulo, Brazil?

Do You Know the Best Places to Visit in São Paulo

Named after Saint Paul of Tarsus, São Paulo is Brazil’s vibrant financial center. As well as being Brazil’s richest state, it’s also the largest city in South America. Located in the southeast region of Brazil, it’s well worth a visit, especially if you are into cool architecture. We’re thinking here of its iconic buildings, from its neo-Gothic cathedral and the 1929...

5 Steps to Building a Successful Language Strategy

5 Steps to Building a Successful Language Strategy

In a globalized economy, language training is no longer a “great if there is spare budget” but an essential component of corporate success. 72.4% of global consumers are more likely to buy a product with information in their own language  56.2% of global consumers say the ability to obtain information in their own language is more important than price. Tying in language training to your...

Is Multilingualism a Necessity in Your Industry?

Is Multilingualism a Necessity in Your Industry?

More and more businesses are developing into multinational firms, and acquiring the skill of a foreign language could result in better career opportunities for the employee as well as higher productivity for the organization.  While it is widely accepted and encouraged to have a multilingual workplace today, some industries must be more proactive than others.

Are You Talking Out of Your Bot? The Oh So Easy Guide to Bots

Are You Talking Out of Your Bot? The Oh So Easy Guide to Bots

Technology has never been so powerful. With the advancement of technology, humans are spending more money and resources into developing intelligent systems that can replace humans without losing the human touch. From language learning to smart homes, bots are a part of our life and their presence is only going to increase in the coming years.
Here’s a rundown on everything bot related.

Is Learning the Languages of Malaysia A Waste of Time?

Is Learning the Languages of Malaysia A Waste of Time?

Govind’s graduate view on 4 years in Malaysia… By the end of September 2017, I will have completed my fourth year on the Island of Sarawak in Malaysia. My four years in the capital city of the state and travelling in and around Malaysia has made me realize why learning the various spoken languages in Malaysia has been way too much fun for ‘serious’ language lovers. Here...

Top Tips on Malaysian Business Etiquette and Culture

Top Tips on Malaysian Business Etiquette and Culture

Malaysia has a healthy foreign population who coexist peacefully with the locals. People from various countries come to Malaysia for tourism, business activities, education etc. Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures. The major ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and the Indians. When conducting business in Malaysia, it is very common to run into people from all or some of these...

What I Learned by Studying Abroad

What I Learned by Studying Abroad

INTRODUCTION: Taking the step to work or study abroad is like leaping into the Brave New World. It takes courage, vision and a sense of adventure. Take Govind. From India, lived in Dubai with his family and then opted to go to university in Malaysia. Here’s his personal take on studying abroad, and  ‘what I have learnt in the last four years I spent in Kuching...

Learn Spanish Business Etiquette

Learn Spanish Business Etiquette

The Spanish are a very open and communicative people; they value highly their families, personal relationships and cultural traditions. As Spain’s economy begins its recovery, understanding this flamboyant culture is key to effectively conducting business in this Europe’s fourth largest country. Learn Spanish and Spanish Business Etiquette before you go. As Europe’s fourth...

The Rise and Rise of Klingon: A Guide to the Klingon Language

The Rise and Rise of Klingon: A Guide to the Klingon Language

The Klingon language has been popular around Trekkies (Star Trek fans) since it was introduced on the big screen almost three decades ago. Now, non-Trekkies are having a go at learning the Klingon language. Learn Klingon and join a group of very interesting people in a very exclusive language club, where you can be safe in the knowledge that not many people are going to be able to eavesdrop! Here...

Rise of the Droids – Why ‘Bots” are Taking Over the World

Rise of the Droids - Why 'Bots" are Taking Over the World

Bots are taking over the world. That sounds like the theme of a sci-fi flick but that’s the reality of the world today. Companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft are pouring their energies into developing chat bots that can interact intelligently with people because people spend much more time on messaging apps than on websites or social networks.
Find out why…

12 Spanish Words To Practice Sounding Like a Native Speaker

12 Spanish Words To Practice Sounding Like a Native Speaker

It’s usually said that in Spanish, we write as we pronounce. However, it’s not easy to catch our speed as when we speak, we tend to go really fast! There are sounds that don’t exist in other languages, such as our beloved “ñ” or our double r “rr” and, with the latter, one better be ready to roll their tongue. Here are 12 words with tricky pronunciation we are sure you can master with just bit of...

Tricky Tongue Twisters: Tough to Pronounce Arabic Words

Tricky Tongue Twisters: Tough to Pronounce Arabic Words

Arabic, a language spoken by more than 300 million people around the globe, has some heavy sounds that are hard for non-native speakers to pronounce accurately. However, once you master those sounds, it becomes pretty straightforward to articulate all the Arabic words perfectly.  Learn Arabic the easy way with our quick guide.

What Does TESOL / ESL Stand For and How Can It Make a Difference?

What Does TESOL / ESL Stand For and How Can It Make a Difference?

TESOL is the acronym for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and ESL is English as a Second Language. However, it’s not just about cool acronyms. Teaching English can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do, and if you are looking for purpose in your life, then this is a way to really give back and make a difference. Having spent some years in and out of the classroom...

11 Predictions for 2017 You Need to Know

11 Predictions for 2017 You Need to Know

A massive shout out to Bersin by Deloitte Deloitte Consulting LLP for a report that truly sums up the challenges and opportunities that we face in the coming year, with their top 11 predictions.
Here is our comment on each predication, along with our take out on how this impacts the people and learning space.

Something Borrowed – English Words with Foreign Origins

Something Borrowed - English Words with Foreign Origins

Studies suggest that the English language is one of the happiest languages in the world and is spoken by more than 1/4th of the global population. But, did you know that the second most spoken language in the world (inclusive of native and foreign speakers) is majorly dominated by words derived from the French and Latin language? Well, it is!

12 German Words Non-Germans Can’t Pronounce!

12 German Words Non-Germans Can't Pronounce!

German can be a challenge for language learners. With four cases, the grammar is tricky – but the pronunciation can also be difficult for those who haven’t been listening to the language since birth. German is world-famous for its unbelievably long compound words. While the length of a word isn’t necessarily proportional to its tongue-twisting capacity, the sheer mass of letters...

10 Essential Words You Need to Learn Italian Cuisine

10 Essential Words You Need to Learn Italian Cuisine

If you want to learn Italian, you have to learn about Italian food at the same time. Italian cuisine has influenced food culture around the world and is viewed as a form of art by many. Think of Pasta in all its shapes and sizes, widths and lengths: penne, spaghetti, linguine, fusilli and lasagna. So you already know five Italian words without realising it! Check out our 10...

How to Get Your Brain to The Gym – Gray Cells Matter

How to Get Your Brain to The Gym - Gray Cells Matter

If you ask most people about their goals or action list, it usually includes more exercise. Be different – work on your mental fitness as well as your abs this time round, and learn a language for the ultimate brain workout.
See our top tips for flexing your neurons and toning your synapses. No pain and all gain!

10 Words You Won’t Believe Have Made It Into The Oxford Dictionary

10 Words You Won't Believe Have Made It Into The Oxford Dictionary

Back in 1884, when the very first edition started publication, it took around 50 years for them to finish the first run of the Oxford English Dictionary. Nowadays, 1,200 words are added every quarter to the online version, and it is now bursting at the seams with over 600,000 words.
Here are 10 words that made us ‘Squee’ (‘an exclamation expressing delight or excitement’)!

Are You Actually Pronouncing These Words Wrong?

Are You Actually Pronouncing These Words Wrong?

Words in English can at times be tricky to pronounce, what with the different accents between the British and the Americans and other English speakers from around the world. We can never be quite sure if we are pronouncing it the right way. See how you compare to other English speakers from around the world with these 12 simple everyday words in English.

Planning to relocate in 2017? Top 5 Tips for a Smooth Cultural Move.

Planning to relocate in 2017? Top 5 Tips for a Smooth Cultural Move.

Whether you’re moving abroad as part of a business assignment or you’re selling your possessions and moving overseas in pursuit of adventure, there are some key steps that you can take to ensure that the move is smooth, and your relocation rocks. 
 Here are our Top Five hacks for truly moving abroad rather than just ‘physically relocating’: 

How to Order Coffee in 8 Top Travel Languages

How to Order Coffee in 8 Top Travel Languages

On average, we spend $164 a year on buying coffee when out and about, and drink 3 cups/mugs of coffee on an average day. It’s so popular that it’s the second most exported commodity in the world after crude oil.  In the U.S., people drink three times as much coffee as tea; in Russian the ratio is almost exactly reversed. While coffee drinking trends vary by country and continent, there is no...

10 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Arabic Language

10 Facts We Bet You Didn't Know About the Arabic Language

Thinking you might learn Arabic? There are over 100 words in Arabic for camel and more than ten words for love. Not surprising from the language of poetry, with a rich tapestry of history dating back to the first century. From ghouls and mummies to love and language, read on for 10 surprising facts that we bet you didn’t know about the Arabic language.

How to Build a Millennial Workforce that “Likes” You

How to Build a Millennial Workforce that "Likes" You

By 2025, Millennials will comprise 75% of the global workforce. Millennials are tech-savvy, greatly ambitious, in love with change, multi-taskers and globally connected – mainly due to being immersed in the digital world from a young age. How to Build a Millennial Workforce that “Likes” You – the top 3 game changers coming up… Born between 1980 and 2000, this...

Be Surprising – Give the ‘Gift of Languages” this Holiday Season

Be Surprising - Give the 'Gift of Languages" this Holiday Season

A new language – the gift that is surprising, useful, fun and a present that is pretty much guaranteed not to “stay in the box”! Holiday gifting can be hard sometimes, especially if the person you are buying for has very particular tastes, or is super fussy when it comes to model, version, color etc. On the other hand, the gifting and getting it spot on can also be great fun and...

The Sweet and Hidden Flavors of Symi

The Sweet and Hidden Flavors of Symi

Nikola K. brings to life the sweet and hidden flavors of Symi, Greece. Approach it’s horseshoe shaped port, feel the welcome of the indigo, ochre and terracotta colored traditional stone houses, and start your journey…

Where to Go In China, From The Dragon’s Mouth

Where to Go In China

China boasts one of the longest single unified civilizations in world. From ancient walls, temples and cities to mystical mountains and mist covered rice terraces; its history is characterized by dramatic shifts in power and periods of peace, prosperity and trade. Planes, trains, bicycles and taxis; Sue Brett, C.E.O of Cudoo, shares a journey from the imperial splendour of Beijing to magical...

How to Greet your Russian-Speaking Hotel Guests

How to Greet your Russian-Speaking Hotel Guests

As a foreigner’s first gateway to the local culture, if you work in a hotel, then you are truly an ambassador of national heritage. Russians are Europe’s fastest growing outbound travel group, so make sure that you know how to greet your guests with a few well-chosen phrases.
 36 ways to make them smile coming up…

How to Leverage Cultural Intelligence in the Hospitality Industry

How to Leverage Cultural Intelligence in the Hospitality Industry

According to CNN Travel, a record breaking 1.2 billion tourists travelled abroad in 2015. Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific all recorded nearly 5% increase in international arrivals. This number is predicted to double by 2035. As a foreigner’s first gateway to the local culture, hotelier staff serve as ambassadors of national heritage. If around 8m people are employed in the hospitality...

Learn Kirghiz and Let Loose the Nomad in You

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Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country weaving along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean, a land of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions. The Tian Shan mountains, which surround the ancient caravan route and tower over the country, are home to snow leopards, lynx and sheep. Its ancient trading history and semi-nomadic, yurt-dwelling shepherd...

Halloween is here – Get your Language Treats with our 7 Simple Tricks

Halloween is here - Get your Language Treats with our 7 Simple Tricks

So, it’s been a while since you started learning a foreign language and the time has come to practice your skills in the ‘real’ world with other speakers of the language. “What if I get the grammar wrong? What if the pronunciation is completely off? Or I use the wrong word and get mocked?” Have you started thinking along the lines above? Has the fear or anxiety kicked in yet? Well, let’s stop you...

What is Diwali? Spotlight on the Festival of Light

What is Diwali? Spotlight on the Festival of Light

Imagine rows of candles adorning the path from the entrance of your home all the way up to the bedroom, the warm glow, the serenity, and the soothing yet powerful feelings they evoke. It’s a beautiful scene you’ve likely seen replicated by many in an effort to create a similar atmosphere but Diwali takes that image and magnifies it several thousand times over. It’s absolutely breath taking. Our...

12 Reasons to Start Freelancing Today

12 Reasons to Start Freelancing Today

Currently, 55 million Americans are freelancing, a number that has increased by 2 million since 2014, according to the study ‘Freelancing in America’ (2016). The study also estimated that 63% of them chose to switch to freelancing by choice and not out of necessity. Randy Duermyer, author of the article ‘What is a Freelancer and what is Freelancing?’ (The Balance, 2016), defines the term...

The Quick Guide to U.A.E. Business Etiquette

The Quick Guide to U.A.E. Business Etiquette

The United Arab Emirates is one of the fastest growing destinations for business and leisure visitors, with its fascinating mix of the ancient and modern. Huge investment in the economic and tourism infrastructure has reinvented it as a unique strategic hub between East and West. Make sure you know how to navigate the fascinating cultural waterways of this desert country, as Expo 2020 looms. From...

Quirky Slang and Phrases from Around the World

Quirky Slang and Phrases from Around the World

When the Sherman Brothers wrote, “It’s a small world after all” for Disney, they probably never dreamed that it would (arguably) become one of the most widely used phrase in the world. It is a small world indeed, and it very likely it won’t be long before you pack your bags for your next holiday or trip abroad.

Foreign Film Top Picks to Learn a Language

Foreign Film Top Picks to Learn a Language

So you’re learning a new language. Sitting in front of your course book, practicing your phrases, and it’s just not doing it for you? There you are, wishing you could just curl up and watch a movie instead; you can almost taste the salty explosion of homemade popcorn…Well, doing both at the same time could just be the ideal way to light up your lingo skills. One of the reasons...

10 Reasons to Learn Languages Socially

10 Reasons to Learn Languages Socially

With the internet and technology affecting all human activities today, it’s no surprise that social media has become a vital part of our daily lives and how! Learning languages socially isn’t unheard of yet many still aren’t aware of the many advantages it offers. From vlogs and blogs to a time convenient group ‘chat’ session, social language learning can make you a fluent foreign language...

5 Trucos Para Aprender a Hablar Inglés de Negocios y No Morir en el Intento

5 Trucos Para Aprender a Hablar Inglés de Negocios y No Morir en el Intento

El inglés es la lengua franca más hablada en el mundo. Hoy en día millones de personas lo utilizan como segundo idioma, y es por esto que el inglés es el lenguaje de negocios más importante en la actualidad. Ya sea que seas miembro de una empresa con sucursales alrededor del mundo, o que tu trabajo involucre mantenerte en contacto con hombres de negocios extranjeros, aprender inglés es una...

Come with us on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Northern Spain

Come with us on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

All Camino roads lead to Santiago de Compostela in the province of Galicia Join us for a very special insight into the cultural journey of the famous Camino de Santiago, with all Camino roads leading to Santiago de Compostela in the province of Galicia, known to be the final resting place of St. James the Apostle.  Our travel writer, Vanessa Lynn Uzcategui, gets up front and...

Fascinating Facts to Float Your European Boat

Fascinating Facts to Float Your European Boat

If you love travelling, it’s almost certain that somewhere in Europe is on your romantic list, your bucket list, pretty much your everything list! Europe is the perfect getaway to satisfy wanderlust – from alfresco dinners next to the quaint canals of Amsterdam, visiting centuries of history and art in Rome, taking selfies against the azure blue horizon of Greek beaches, clubbing in...

Taking A Closer Look At Microlearning

Taking A Closer Look At Microlearning

There is no universal teaching method because not all students learn in the same way. This is the reason why people talk about approaches and refrain from making clear categorizations. The choice of the teaching approach depends largely on what fits. However, it seems that there is a new way of schooling and delivering information. This method is called microlearning. Microlearning is incredibly...

The Dos and Don’ts When Learning English

The Dos and Don’ts When Learning English

Learning foreign languages is known to help your brain develop even more, not to mention other great benefits that come with speaking different languages, such as increased chances of finding the perfect job or the possibility to adapt faster in case of relocating to another country for instance. In the past years, English has become one of the most popular languages in the world, which is why...

8 Secrets to Learning a Language

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Hello, Marhaba, Hola, Bonjour, Buongiorno, Hallo! As you can perhaps tell, I’m truly a culture vulture and I love languages, with all of the multitudes of sounds and beautiful diverse scripts that reflect cultures from over thousands of years. So if you are the same, here are my all-time top-secret tips that I’ve picked up on my learning journey.

Six Times You Wish You Could Speak Another Language

Six Times You Wish You Could Speak Another Language

Have you ever had those times when you come across what you know is a hilarious video because of all the cry-laughing emojis in the comments section but can’t understand a lick of what’s going on in it? Yeah, me too. It’s one of the most frustrating things that’ll ever happen to you on social media. You can ask a fellow twitterer (or is it tweeter?) what it means, but there’s something about...

Employee Mobility and Language Learning: An Entwined Spectacle

Employee Mobility and Language Learning: An Entwined Spectacle

According to an article by Forbes.com, Global Mobility: A Win-Win For You And Your Employer, Global Mobility is an increasing phenomenon with employees eager to travel across the world in order to boost their personal and professional progress, thus enlarging the distance of Employee Mobility.

Important Phrases To Learn In Time for Rio 2016

Important Phrases To Learn In Time for Rio 2016

With the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (Hiu gee Zhaneiru) coming up, many of you will be flying out there to experience the tingling warmth of the sun against your skin as you walk along the beautiful beach of Ipanema, white sand crunching softly beneath your feet between days of marveling at athletes as they dazzle you with feast of physical excellence. If you happen to be among the many tourists...

Why is Ambivert the new Extrovert?

Why is Ambivert the new Extrovert?

Research by Adam Grant (2013), a professor at the Pennsylvania Wharton School, concluded that there was no co-relation between an extrovert personality and his or her income.

5 Reasons Why You Should Learn Russian

5 Reasons Why You Should Learn Russian

Russian is the fifth most spoken language in the world, boasting 277 million speakers around the world, including 154 million native speakers. Below are the top 5 reasons why you should learn Russian.

5 Reasons Why You Should Learn Italian

5 Reasons Why You Should Learn Italian

Italian language and culture is famous for its passion for music, architecture, delicious cuisine and the arts. However you may not have thought of these amazing 5 reasons why you should learn Italian.

What is Dayparting and Why You Need To Know

What is Dayparting and Why You Need To Know

This broadcasting term has been completely high jacked by the mobile marketing gurus. Dayparting: dividing the day into several parts and providing unique programming during each. Since the world went mobile, suddenly Dayparting has expanded over 24 hours, for both viewing and e-commerce, and reduced down to Microparting messages.