Languages & Cultural Blog

Leah Simon

July 6, 2017

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

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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?

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.

Leah Simon

June 26, 2017

Two opposing goals seem to be the result of a successful sale – making the sale while also hoping to build a long-term relationship. 98% of the top sales professionals say relationships are the most important part of generating new business. A survey by LinkedIn also showed that approximately 80% of sales are made between the 5th to 12th contact. However, it is something that most salespeople have known to struggle with. So what are some techniques that can be employed to help with building better relationships without compromising the sale?

Leah Simon

June 23, 2017

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!

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