European languages and their expressions – how many do you know?

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EN_journée_européenne_des_languesSince 2001, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated on 26th September.

This day promotes the linguistic diversity in Europe and encourages language learning.

36 official languages are spoken in Europe and 24 in the European Union alone!

Idiomatic expressions add to the richness of each language; “It’s raining cats & dogs”, “Meter la pata” or even “Een appeltje voor de dorst hebben” …

Can you guess the meaning of the following expressions?

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How to write a great motivation letter

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September is the month of opportunities and career changes. Even if you’re not thinking of leaving your current employer straight away, it’s always handy to have an updated résumé and cover letter ready.

If you’re planning to update your résumé, check our top 5 résumé tips for 2017 here. However, if you need to improve your motivation letter, we’ve got you covered!

OLD-SCHOOL COVER LETTER VS. COVER LETTER 2.0

Do you remember the old, one-page long, no-one-reads introduction, “To whom it may concern, I’m applying for the position I saw on Career.com ….”? Nowadays recruiters read this sort of thing less and less. In a list of factors that helps them take a decision, job experience stands out. Good news, a well-structured e-note can help you save a recruiter’s time, and show you are an organized and ‘straight to the point’ candidate.

What is an e-note? It’s an abbreviation for e-mail and cover letter. It provides essential information about your motivation for a specific position, presented as a 150 words maximum pitch, in the email body, and not as an email attachment. Why 150 words and not a long Word document in attachment you might ask? Very simple, as we live in a digital world, more and more recruiters read on mobile devices, and 150 words allows them to read the entire text without scrolling. Bingo!

WHAT SHOULD YOU PUT IN IT

Start with a question. Depending on the industry and the position you’re applying for, your question should position you as the person who is ready to provide the solution.

Keep their attention with 3 metric-driven bullet points that demonstrate your experience.

Close your e-note by letting the recruiter know how they can reach you, indicating where they can find more information about you (add your LinkedIn URL and/or personal portfolio website) and when you will be following up with them.

Because you will follow up with them, one week after sending your e-note, to make sure it was received and reviewed. Give a call a week later to express interest and ask for additional information about the position and the company’s expectations.

We hope that these tips helped you to prepare for a career change.

Don’t forget to check our article full of tips on how to create a cutting-edge résumé or bring your languages skills up to speed with our language courses.

 

5 simple and efficient résumé tips to help you have a competitive résumé

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Professional activity peaks in September. So, if you decide it’s time for a change, now is the time to take a good look at your résumé.

Let’s raise the bar with these 5 simple and efficient résumé tips to help you have a competitive résumé.

Résumé Tip #1

INCLUDE LINKEDIN

87% of recruiters report using LinkedIn FIRST when it comes to searching for qualified candidates. So if you haven’t done so already, add your LinkedIn profile to your résumé. Put the URL at the top of the résumé, next to your other contact details, and hyperlink it so recruiters are only a click away from your LinkedIn profile.

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How to Build a Better Brain

Bilinguisme_V1_ENMost people speak more than one language. Some live in countries where several languages are spoken and use one to communicate with one another. Some countries promote multilingualism by teaching more than one language at school. Business and travel also encourage us to learn languages to make ourselves understood. People move. They may learn one language then move to another country and learn another.

Languages shape the way we think. Recent research suggests the brain is more pliable than previously thought. The language centres of the brain are flexible, so learning a language can physically alter your mind. It develops new zones and strengthens the brain’s ability to focus, process information and evaluate options. Continue reading

Adorn yourself with a new language this summer!

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Benefit from our summer discounts on all of our online language courses.

The holidays are a time for relaxing, but also the perfect time to practise a foreign language! Being able to speak many languages is a real asset, whether it’s at a restaurant, on public transport or whilst having a drink in the sun. Any occasion is good for putting your knowledge into practice!

The opportunity to learn a new language or simply deepen your knowledge in English, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian, German or Portuguese.

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This offer is only available from July 1st to July 31st, 2017 (inclusive).

62nd Edition of Eurovision: ‘Celebrate Diversity’

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Established in the aftermath of the War in order to bring together and strengthen the links between European countries, the Eurovision Song Contest divides people today more than ever! Some are passionate about this event, others… far less so.

Strengthen links, you said?!

Interesting Facts

  •  Number of participating countries in 1956: 7
  •  Number of participating countries in 2017: 43
  •  Watched by millions of viewers across 5 continents (Asia, America, Africa, Europe and Oceania)
  •  One of the oldest televised programmes in the world
  •  One of the most important musical competitions ever organised

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International Francophonie Day

International Francophonie Day

On 20th March, International Francophonie Day is celebrated across the four corners of the globe.

This is an excellent occasion for the millions of French-speakers, living in all five continents, to celebrate their language and the diversity that is Francophonie. Word-play competitions, shows, cinema festivals, literature readings, gastronomic get-togethers, exhibitions… So many moments to share all the different facets of the language. Continue reading

International Mother Language Day

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Why learn a new language?

International Mother Language Day: and what if you learnt a foreign language?

Mother tongue, mother language, first language or native language – whatever you like to call it, it has been celebrated on 21st February since 2000 in order to promote linguistic and cultural diversity.

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