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After nineteen years of hearing the sounds of Chinese, Leo van Wuijckhuijse wanted to learn Chinese himself—at Regina Coeli, naturally, because he had already learned to speak Spanish fluently there. And although Chinese is vastly different to Spanish, it is going admirably well for him.
Have you wanted to learn Mandarin for your work or spice up your CV for some time, but been holding back because everyone has told you that it is such a difficult language to learn? Then you really need to read on. Numerous professionals have learned how to speak Mandarin in five days through our extremely practical approach. You can, too!
Hoenderdaal Fasteners from Veenendaal won the SME Export Award in 2017 with their Scandinavian export plan. And now the company, which is one of the leading players in the field of fasteners, has new plans: to conquer the German-speaking market. Director Bart Veldhuizen: "As a non-German producer, we’re already behind 1-0 in the German market. If my German isn’t up to par, we’ll soon be behind 2-0.”
Receiving compliments—or, as we prefer to call it, positive feedback—helps tremendously when it comes to learning languages. Because an emphasis is placed on what you do well, your self-confidence grows, you speak more easily and you are more open to taking new material on board.
Despite Dutch directness, you’ll need to—if you wish to truly integrate into Dutch culture—be prepared to make a bit of small talk in Dutch. By being able to chat about any number of general subjects, you’ll connect with your colleagues, neighbours and business partners. It’s a valuable skill which you can quickly feel at ease using, because you don’t actually need a great deal of vocabulary for it.
The foundation that’s laid in your native language is crucial for your personal development as well as for learning other languages later. Multilingualism starts with having a good command of your own language. Conversely, knowledge of other languages also helps to develop your mother tongue.