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6 January 2021

Petite conversation, très important!

With a little knowledge of the French language, you might be able to sort out what a French text is all about. And perhaps you could write an email with the help of Google Translate. But what if you’re paying a visit to your French supplier? Of course, you take the time to prepare your story in French well. L’affaire est dans le sac*, you might say. But then the moment of truth arrives. Your contact person receives you enthusiastically and fires a few questions your way with a big grin. In French! Quoi? You weren’t prepared for that!

14 October 2020

Ten tips for doing business in Italy

Italy has one of the largest economies in Europe, but not one of the most accessible. Sometimes, it can be challenging to get your foot in the door there, not only because of the numerous regulations but also because of culture. So, what works when doing business with Italians? Regina Coeli’s Italian language trainers have put together these ten cultural tips to help you succeed in Italy.

27 August 2020

Learning Russian: How hard is it?

Read or listen to Russian without any previous knowledge, and chances are you won’t be able to make heads or tails of it. But does that also mean that Russian is a difficult language to learn? There are two essential keys to understanding the Russian language.

27 August 2020

Dutch expressions about money

Hard work and thriftiness have long been important values in Dutch culture. That’s why you’ll come across lots of sayings that have to do with money in the daily language of the Dutch. If you’d like to enrich your use of Dutch, then expressions are a godsend. With them, you can say a lot with just a few words. The Dutch themselves use them all the time. There are several common expressions about money in this article. Can you use them in a conversation or writing?

2 July 2020

Language is crucial during video calls

Meetings, job interviews, sales interviews: they’ve been taking place en masse via video calls in these corona times. In many instances, it’s been a godsend, and online contact via Skype, Zoom, Teams and other platforms have numerous advantages, including less commute time. But there are disadvantages too, such as the loss of all kinds of non-verbal signals during such calls. These matter more to your communication than you might think. You largely have to lean on your verbal skills during online face-to-face conversations. Have you developed them enough? Also in a foreign language?

30 June 2020

Writing emails in Dutch

Emails are generally fairly quick and easy things to write and send off. But it’s more difficult if you haven’t yet mastered the details of the language in which you’re writing. In this article, you’ll read how to write a typical Dutch email and find some helpful standard sentences.


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