Languages & Cultural Blog

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.

Leah Simon

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.

Leah Simon


American Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.

In the spirit of this much anticipated holiday filled with barbecues, fireworks, and unending hot dogs, read on to find some lesser known facts about the day!

Leah Simon

July 3, 2017

Defining “fluency” itself is a task that seems tricky, and yet it is the ultimate goal every language learner yearns to achieve. Linguists generally agree that foreign-language fluency is achieved when linguistic processing switches from controlled to automatic. This means that fluency of a language is attained when speaking and understanding that language is automatic and effortless. But how can you assess this?

Test your foreign language fluency with these tell-tale signs that you have truly mastered a language!

Leah Simon

July 1, 2017

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 being filled by networking.

However, the manner in which you network is just as important as networking itself. Although there is no one magic way to connect to an individual, there are some very quick wins to make sure you are out there and connecting the right way. 

Here are our top tips for successful networking:

Sue Brett

June 29, 2017

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 among individuals today.

With over 7000 known tongues existing today, what are the languages that our children must learn to stay ahead of the curve?

Sue Brett

June 28, 2017

Spice up your "nice"! He's nice. What a nice dress. Boring! Learn how to impress your friends, family, teacher or boss with 50 ways to replace "nice", and add delicious flavour to your words.

One of the biggest challenges in language learning is how to avoid repetition. We know we need to learn the grammar, but what we all really want to do is have fun communicating.

So here's our cheat sheet to adding spice to your "nice" adjectives! 

Leah Simon

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 Bureau of Labor Statistics listed interpreters and translators as one of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations in 2014.

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