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Valentine’s Day around the World

I love you in many languages

In the UK, Valentine’s Day (14th February) is a traditional romantic celebration where many of us give chocolates, cards and flowers to our partners, lovers and friends but how is it celebrated around the world?

Learn Basic Mandarin

Mandarin can be a complex language to learn but you can try out some basic phrases with our tutor Lenny

6 tips for doing business in China in 2019

2 brightly lit chinese dragons

There are many traditions and cultural nuances present in China that differ widely from what we are used to in Britain. If you are doing business in China it is important to understand some of these differences before going so that you do not offend or become offended!

Brexit – how can UK employers retain their EU staff

Retain EU workers after Brexit

We find ourselves facing an uncertain future in the lead up to the UK finally leaving the EU. According to the Office for National Statistics there are 2.28 million EU citizens living and working in the UK and many are understandably anxious and feeling insecure about their future.

Improving English Communication Skills in UK Football

Manchester City Football team line up

With two transfer windows taking place in the year, many football clubs are buying new players whose English communication skills need some improvement. When players sign for a club outside their native country, they are immediately faced with a language barrier as they try to deal with media coverage, communications on (and off) the pitch and a new culture. In the short term, clubs provide translation services for players to deal with the media but this often doesn’t extend to communication with teammates and managers.

Is Google Translate the perfect tool for all your translating needs?


Here we are in a world where we find ourselves needing to communicate more and more with people across the globe and it can be tricky if we don’t speak their language. Whether you are exporting your product to different countries and need a locally translated website, you need to send important work emails to your colleagues in China or you are giving a presentation to your foreign colleagues, it can be a costly and confusing minefield.

English Language Training a great success at The White Company

Interior of a White Company store

Over 23 years ago, Chrissie Rucker had a vision: to create a company that specialised in stylish, white homewares, combining the highest quality with affordable prices. What started as a 12-page mail-order brochure has grown into a multi-channel, international business. The White Company has over 50 stores in the UK with its Distribution Centre based in Swan Valley in Northampton.

5 reasons why face-to-face language training is better than an app

face-to-face language training

We recently made a list of our favourite language learning apps. These apps can give you an essential understanding of how a language works on a conversational level and they can complement your face-to-face language training by helping you to brush up on your grammar and vocabulary. However, we said it then and we’ll say it now: As good as these apps are, they’re no substitute at all for a structured series of lessons.