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The Latest Language Insights from SIMON & SIMON

22 June 2021

A ‘lingua franca’, usually translated as a ‘common’ or ‘bridging’ language, provides a communication channel for people who speak different languages. But what does ‘lingua franca’ really mean, and how relevant is the concept when it comes to doing business or learning a language?
In this article, we explore why having a bridging language can be extremely valuable in the business world – notably English, the global language of business.

09 February 2021

Over 10 million people in Portugal speak Portuguese, but the vast majority of the world’s Portuguese speakers can be found in Brazil, making Portuguese one of the top 10 most spoken languages in the world. Portuguese is also widely spoken in several countries in Africa and Asia.

In this article, we look at some of the differences between how Portuguese varies between Portugal, Brazil and the rest of the world.

01 February 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 Spanish, a European language that is the official language for numerous countries across Latin America.

26 January 2021

Learning another language is more than just piling a series of new sounds together. It is about expanding your horizons and seeing the world through the eyes of a different culture.

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.

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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