Languages & Cultural Blog

Leah Simon

July 19, 2017

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 technique of any of these can cause offense to your host.

Make sure you are culturally savvy - learn the dos and don’ts from popular travel destinations to help you seem just like a native on your next trip!

Leah Simon

The one year wait finally came to an end In July 2017, and Game of Thrones fan were treated to a record breaking season 7 premiere.  With Daenerys Targaryen now in her ancestral home of Dragonstone and Jon Snow finally having been confirmed as half-Targaryen, now is a good time as any to brush up on some High Valyrian, mother tongue of the Targaryens!

Sue Brett

July 17, 2017

“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?

Leah Simon

July 16, 2017

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 done to ease the anxiety going into an interview? Read on to find out our best tips to ace your next interview!

Leah Simon

July 15, 2017

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 "I add Value"  list of 200 action verbs that can be used for specific jobs.

Leah Simon

July 12, 2017

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 conversationalist.

Sue Brett

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 our top 5 tips to constantly maintain and track your language learning.

Leah Simon

July 10, 2017


The goal of ultimate productivity is a resource that few are able to tap into efficiently and continuously. Hacking the key to personal organization and time management is not difficult however, because just like any other personal challenge, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

While this lack of a “guide to productivity” can be frightening, the other side of the coin is realizing that with a few tips and tricks, time management and productivity are habits that you can customize to fit your lifestyle exclusively.

Follow our top tips to building an awesome me-tailored productivity plan for your personal and professional lives!

Leah Simon

July 9, 2017

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 task management.

Sue Brett

July 8, 2017

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 registration, course administration, and tracking, and reporting of student work and is used extensively by colleges, universities and corporate training departments in multi-location companies.

For SMEs or bootstrapped startups, a final solution (including pre-populated courses and content), can be a really affordable and often only viable training option.

Here's our quick guide to the whats and wherefores of the LMS, and why it can be so effective.

Leah Simon

July 6, 2017

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.

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