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The Process of Creating a Cross-Cultural Work Environment

Few employers would disagree about the need for effective cross-cultural training programs in today’s fast-moving, multi-national business environment, preparing employees for foreign assignments and creating a more effective, happier workplace at home.

Learning a Second Language Can Help Your Child for Life

It has long been known, and well publicized, that learning a second language can stimulate the minds of older adults. Language learning can help keep you mentally sharp, improve cognitive skills and even reduce the chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Berlitz Student: Language Learning Opens Professional and Personal Opportunities

Mrs. Catalina Veneziano, Learning & Development Manager of Western Canada for Compass Canada, a national food service and supply company, learned French at Berlitz to help her succeed at work. She found, however, the benefits of Berlitz language learning go well beyond that.

Managing Multi-Cultural Teams

A lot has been written about preparing for a foreign assignment and the need to understand and appreciate other cultures, but there’s not as much information about the issues you may encounter managing a multi-cultural team, or how to handle them.

Canadians: Being Bilingual Is a Good Thing

More than eight in 10 Canadian adults say it’s a good thing that Canada is bilingual, according to a national government survey.

You’re Never Too Old To Learn a Language

Much has been written and said about how it’s so much easier for children to learn a new language than for older adults. But how old is too old?

Culturally, What You Do May Be More Important Than What You Say

There are more ways to convey a message than just words. Sometimes, nonverbal clues are even more important, and differ dramatically from culture to culture.

The World’s Languages, Things You May Not know

Languages are more than just collections of letters and symbols. There are surprising and interesting facts about how they developed and how they are used.

You May Not Believe How Alphabets Vary

There are about 7,000 languages in the world. And while some have common roots, others are dramatically different.

Bilinguals: Healthier, More Worldly, and In Demand

According to a wide variety of research, here are five important reasons for learning a second language, and encouraging children to do so:

Taking the Anxiety Out Of Multi-Cultural Presentations

Making presentations can make even the most seasoned executive nervous. Presenting to people of different cultures can positively make their knees shake.

Early Language Learning; Easier for Kids, May Make Them Smarter

Canadian school students start learning a second language at a much older age than in some countries, but somewhat younger than in others.

Cultural Learning: Fun, Enriching and Enjoyable

It’s well documented and well publicized that training to learn about other cultures can enhance business skills, make you a more important employee and open opportunities, particularly foreign assignments.

Thousands of World Languages; Hundreds in Canada

There are almost 7,000 distinct languages spoken in the world, and French and English aren’t even close to being the most common.

Doing Business in Latin America

Latin America is a fertile area for business growth. It is rich in natural resources (Venezuela and Colombia, for example, have vast reserves of oil, natural gas and metals), and is relatively close to Canada.

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