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The Latest Language Insights from SIMON & SIMON

27 July 2018

Growing your business in new countries can be exciting and scary, whether you are making inroads into new overseas networks or setting up your own base of operations. A quick assessment of the lay of the land should tell you what you need to know about the local language.

29 November 2017

Opportunities in new business markets may not always turn up on your doorstep, or even in the same continent – instead, you may find that you are building business relationships in far-flung territories. A language barrier is one potential obstacle […]

29 January 2013

Why do different cultures clash from time to time? It’s all a matter of PERCEPTION. It’s not about what you are like. It’s what I think you are like. The problem is that this perception is probably historical and not up to date. It is only a collection of perpetuated stereotypes which might, to some extent be accurate en-masse, but they almost always fail to capture the truth when it comes down to the individual. Our cross-cultural training was designed to take into account cultural idiosyncrasies without perpetuating cultural stereotypes.

11 January 2013

In the third of this series on international communication, Barry Tomalin, Author of ‘The World’s Business Cultures and How to Unlock Them’ (Thorogood 2010) and our lead consultant on all things ‘cross-cultural’, offers us an insight into a little tool he has used to record many of the memories of more than 30 years working and travelling in more than 60 countries.

11 January 2013

In recent years, I’ve been asked many times by people to explain to them exactly what we mean by “cross-cultural training”.  In all that time my standard reply hasn’t changed, and the knowing smiles and nods of recognition confirm this is something most people have experienced at first hand in their business careers!   Put very simply – “it’s one thing to be able to speak Mandarin – it’s another thing altogether to know how your Chinese counterpart is thinking.”

Whether you’re learning a language for the first time or are looking to develop your existing language skills, call SIMON & SIMON today on 020 7821 0999 to discuss the best language training course for you.

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