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A Journey for Your Mind: How a Second Language Can Enhance the Experience of Learning Future Languages

29 June 2021

The more you practise reading, listening, speaking and writing in a language you are learning, the more your fluency and comprehension will improve. But what about when you want to learn a third – or fourth, or fifth – language? How can your existing skills benefit your future language-learning efforts?

In this article, we explore how learning a new language can speed up the process of acquiring more languages further down the line, and the tangible benefits to your brain – and to your business.

10 Must Know Colloquials When Learning English

15 June 2021

Each language has its own idioms, known as colloquials, that feature as integral parts of everyday conversation. But whilst native speakers might turn a blind eye to their appearance in everyday chatter, non-native speakers may be rubbed the wrong way if they struggle to understand the context of the conversation.

In this article, we summarise the top 10 colloquial English phrases non-native speakers need to know when learning the English language.

White Paper: Investing in Gen Z

12 May 2021

Gen Z is the smartphone generation, and technology is integral to how Gen Zers live. As they enter the workforce, they may well have different expectations with regard to their training, professional development and career opportunities than the Millennials that came before them.
We have put together a white paper to explore the different ways employers can appeal to this technologically proficient generation – including how they can provide a learning and development experience that helps their company stand out in the recruitment market and retain the talented Gen Zers they hire.

Focus on… Learning English for Business

02 March 2021

Every month this year, we will be turning our focus towards one of the core languages we love to teach – looking at the language’s potential for business, considering a few facts and figures to put its global prospects in context, plus sharing some tips to help you get started. This month we take a look at the primary language of the UK, English, and consider how significant a strong understanding of business English can be for growing a business’s prospects around the world.

5 Key HR Insights to Help Your Business Thrive in 2021

12 January 2021

At the beginning of 2020, we were focused on a world where Brexit was likely to have a significant impact, the paperless office seemed closer than ever, and virtual reality (VR) technology and artificial intelligence (AI) were set to revolutionise business. All these insights remain relevant today, but last January we would never have thought that 2020 would take the turn it has thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, we are looking ahead to a very different world for business. In this article, we outline five key employee-centric insights for your HR team to keep in mind in 2021.

Do Language-learning Apps Work – or Do You Need a Tutor?

03 November 2020

We have seen time and time again how quickly and effectively people can learn a language when working one-to-one with a language tutor or in small and sociable conversational groups. Both scenarios can be achieved in person or virtually, using technology to facilitate teaching rather than do the teaching.

However, app-based language learning saw a surge in interest during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, so might apps offer an effective alternative way to learn a language? In this article, we consider the limitations of language-learning apps.

Whether you’re learning a language for the first time or are looking to develop your existing language skills, call SIMON & SIMON today on +44 (0)20 7821 0999 to discuss the best language training course for you.

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