In the UK we’re used to speaking one language and expect for most professions and circumstances that interactions on a daily basis will be in English (unless we work in a profession where only a foreign language is used). However, in many European countries the language used within a state is often far more variable and nuanced depending on the geographical, political, social or professional context.
At the heart of this myriad of intersecting linguistic codes, unwritten understandings and politics lies Belgium, a small nation of 11,2 million people literally at the crossroads of Europe, not only in political terms as the de-facto capital of the European Union but also as a meeting place of European languages and cultures.
Having lived in Belgium for the last 6 months and being a passionate historian and linguist in my academic days I found the experience of living in a country where 3 languages both contrast and co-exist a fascinating opportunity and one which anyone who has spent a little time in Belgium will fully appreciate !
Below I have selected a choice few examples that help illustrate the complexity of language and how it effects the identity of a country and how other Europeans perceive it. Continue reading
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In an age that is completely obsessed with social media, the influence of online social forums such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn on a jobseeker’s potential career path has never been more apparent. But what exactly is meant by “online reputation” and what is the impact of said reputation on a candidate’s advancement within their professional career? Continue reading
It’s sad to think that languages are becoming less and less learnt and enjoyed by pupils in schools. Increasingly they are becoming unpopular, and I’ve lost count how many times I’ve heard the attitude ‘but everyone speaks English anyway?’
It’s true – English is one of the most popular business languages in the world, so maybe it’s right we stop focusing on languages and look elsewhere for our skill set…or is it?
Struggling to fit in with the Italian culture as you’re always viewed as a foreigner? Here are 10 expressions which will enable you to really fit in and will instantly make you more fun to talk to and understanding them will give you a huge boost in comprehension.
Thinking of living abroad? Excited about working overseas after graduation? You would like to change your career path and moving abroad is the next step?
Be aware that looking for a job overseas is a chance for a career progression, but also a challenge that puts you under an emotional strain. Remember that having a positive attitude will make your job search easier and more successful.
It cannot be denied that finding one’s dream job is no easy task. Job seekers can search for weeks, months and even years to find the position that is perfect for them. This is the reason why all ambitious and motivated job seekers should register with a recruitment agency.
After just over five months of working at Euro London Appointments, I have identified the four reasons for which registering with a recruitment agency is highly advantageous to anybody in search of a new job…
Euro London Appointments has just celebrated its 25th anniversary and everyone is buzzing! It’s been a great year so far and we’ve definitely celebrated in style too…
A CV is in most cases your first point of contact with your dream job and as a result you need to be able to stand out and bring your best attribute onto a piece of paper. There are many tips online, but as the leading multilingual recruitment consultancy in Europe this is what we found to be the top 25 CV tips for anyone looking for a new role.