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Learning a language from and with each other
Does your company have more and more international customers or do you work with colleagues from abroad? Then there’s a good chance that your language skills will be called upon along with those of your colleagues! And that’s actually fairly handy, because you can work on your language skills together!
Overcoming organisational culture differences with language
You often need a common language to be able to collaborate with people from other countries. After all, it’s hard to have in-depth conversations, make appointments or chat about the weekend using rudimentary gestures alone. More often than not, that common language is English, although that may not always be not the handiest choice.
Creating that team feeling through language training
What do you do if you want to take the language level of the entire company to a higher level because your customer base is internationalising more and more? Jürgen Schuijren of VEGA measurement and control technology knew what to do: reach out to the Nuns of Vught. All his employees came to the language institute in Vught for English language training. Their programmes consisted of a blend of private lessons and lessons with a team of colleagues, a combination that’s increasingly in demand at Regina Coeli.
Write to improve your language skills
Have you ever taken the time to sit down and produce piece of writing in a language other than your native one? It’s one of the best ways to get a better grasp on a foreign language! Writing improves your speaking skills, so even if you never need to write anything, grab a pen and paper anyway and start composing!
Meetings in the Netherlands
Nowhere else will you have as many meetings as in Dutch companies. The Dutch adore consulting, brainstorming and meeting up. Even though you often hear them sighing about their diaries being packed with back-to-back meetings, the alternative—no meetings—would be even less appealing. Then the Dutch would feel left out and that their opinion does not count. Do you find Dutch meetings something of an enigma? Then read on for some pearls of wisdom and helpful tips.
Do you have a training budget? Put it to good use!
As a professional, you know that continuing professional development is a must. Many Dutch collective labour agreements contain agreements on personal training budgets for employees. This means that you can request that your employer fund training or education. Research has shown that at least 40% of the time, individual training budgets go unused and simply expire at the end of the year. If you work for a Dutch company, make sure you reap the benefits of your training budget.