Friday the 16th February 2018 sees the start of the Chinese New Year. This year it is the year of the Dog which symbolises luck. It is traditional for Chinese families to clean their houses (sweeping away the bad luck to make way for the good luck) and wear new clothes. Families decorate their houses with red lanterns and usually gather with relatives for a big meal.
From experience, being able to speak a second language is like nothing else. The sense of pride and enjoyment you get from being able to converse with “foreigners” is huge. You can also show-off to your family, friends and business colleagues!
Personal development is a “process of self-education aimed at enhancing professional skills, employability, quality of life, self-discipline, talent and potential”. For anyone hoping to climb the career ladder or improve their sense of purpose, personal development is invaluable.
Brexit is having a major impact on the UK’s financial sector. The Boston Consulting Group has predicted up to 80,000 finance jobs will be relocated from London to other European cities, because of Brexit.
We were chatting in the office today and wondered whether animals have regional accents like Liverpudlians, Brummies, the Scots and the Welsh?
Whether you are going abroad for a business meeting with colleagues or suppliers or to finalise a £1 billion deal with a new customer, it is very important to familiarise yourself with the local social customs and business etiquette to avoid offending anyone and potentially losing clients. However, it is not straightforward – a social norm for one country could be a total no-no in another.
CLT has just become an ABLS accredited language provider which means we can now welcome clients from non-European countries to join our “Intensive Business English Immersion Courses”
When Britain finally leaves the European Union in 2019 we will be the only European country where English is the official language. It means we will be much more isolated in terms of language as we have, for a very long time, relied on the theory that English is a “global language”.
Well actually it is more about the fact that a little bit of booze lowers our inhibitions enough to give us the confidence to speak to native speakers and to embrace the accent of the country whose language we have been learning.
With Halloween season upon us, here are 10 facts that you didn’t know about Halloween: