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How do you maintain your mother tongue level when home is somewhere else?

  •  Posted on Jul 23, 2018  by  | No Comments
It can be difficult to maintain fluency in the language that you have been brought up with. Particularly when you are not living in the country that you were born in and are surrounded by people that do not speak your language. For instance, I was born and raised in Germany until I was 12 but have been living in the UK for over 13 years now. In a way I would consider the UK to be my new home, however, I do still have a strong bond to Germany and try to use my language skills as much as I can. However, I have noticed that my German has definitely become rusty over the years. Living in the UK and being surrounded by mostly non- German speakers has not helped either. So, I asked myself, what could I have done and what can I do to maintain fluency in the language that I love so much? The first thing we need to understand is that being bilingual is a blessing and huge advantage that is worth putting time and effort into. The benefits of bilingualism must not be underestimated, it not only allows us to communicate and share cultural awareness with wider group of people, but it also critical to our own sense of self-identity. In this regard it has been huge aspect of my life, and I now working for Euro London I can apply my language skills on a daily basis which I absolutely love. Maintaining fluency in your native language is particularly acute in this sense as it may be the one thing that will later on in life lead you to an opportunity that will shape your career. The question that a majority of people ask themselves is how one can maintain fluency in their language? I personally think to maintain fluency and appreciation for your language, you need to demonstrate consistency. But how? It will not come as a surprise, but consistent practice is key, using the language so it is always fresh in your mind. We always seem to find excuses,and I certainly did. I used to think it was impossible to use German because there was no one around me that spoke the language. But the truth is that you can always find ways to use your skills. Find native level speakers to meet in person via social networks, use specific platforms to find people to talk to by Skype, be friendlier and make more effort with tourists, join clubs and actively monitor your social circle and environment for opportunities to use the language. All of these are ways you can speak your language regularly. Other actions that can be beneficial - listen to podcasts in the target language, read blogs or online news or an entire book in that language. Something that has really helped me personally was keeping in touch with friends by chatting to them on Facebook or writing emails. This was something that I really enjoyed, as it allowed me to keep building on personal relationships whilst improving my writing skills. I guess you can call it a ‘win win’ situation. What it basically comes down to is as much exposure as possible and active usage of the language. If this does not happen, the language will deteriorate in your mind. Just because you knew it “once” does not mean you now own it forever; use it or lose it! Written by  Alvin Sarfo – Temporaries Consultant  
 

GDPR is here! Here’s some information about how we process your data.

  •  Posted on May 25, 2018  by  | No Comments
If you are unsure how GDPR will impact you and your data hopefully our video will give you some greater insight!  
 

We’ve passed our Compliance Test with Flying Colours (again)!

  •  Posted on May 23, 2018  by  | No Comments
As a member of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation we need to pass a Compliance Test every two years to remain in membership. There is a clear Code of Professional Conduct that all REC members must adhere to by following these 10 Principles: Principle 1 - Respect for Law Principle 2 - Respect for honesty and transparency Principle 4 - Respect for diversity Principle 4 - Respect for work relationships Principle 5 - Respect for safety Principle 6 - Respect for professional knowledge Principle 7 - Respect for certainty of engagement Principle 8 - Respect for prompt and accurate payment Principle 9 - Respect for ethical international recruitment Principle 10 - Respect for confidentiality and privacy Euro London Appointments is proud to be recognised as recruitment businesses that is compliant and committed to best practice, which in turn enables us to provide the best possible service to clients and candidates alike.
 

Time to brush off those glad rags!*

  •  Posted on May 04, 2018  by  | No Comments
We’re delighted to have been nominated for Best Employer Brand at this years Global Recruiter Awards. We have worked very hard on building the Euro London brand over the years, and with our upgraded website, social media activity and fantastic reviews on Google, Facebook and Glassdoor we think we are getting the message across that not only is Euro London a leading recruiter within the language market but also a great place to work! The award recognises excellence from a recruitment business in creating an employer brand that doesn’t just attract great recruiters, but goes beyond to enhance the reputation of the sector. Here’s hoping for some additional silverware to sit alongside Caryn Grosvenors commendation as Best Temporaries Consultant in 2014 – fingers crossed! Want to join us? We’re on the look out for recruitment consultants with previous experience within a sales/recruitment environment. Find out more here. *Any 21st century translations gratefully received!
 

Extra Miler Winner – Q1 2018

  •  Posted on Apr 10, 2018  by  | No Comments
Congratulations to our Q1 Extra Miler winner Sophie Thompson! Sophie was nominated by her colleagues for providing fantastic support to the Euro London Team. Well done Sophie!
 

Celebrating International Women’s Day

  •  Posted on Mar 08, 2018  by  | No Comments
International Women’s Day. A reminder of how far we’ve come on equality and inclusion but how far there is to go. At the current rate of progress, gender parity is still more than a century away according to the World Economic Forum. We have to quicken the pace and #PressforProgress daily. At Euro London, we’re happy to have been co-founded by a woman, that women make up 75% of our senior management team and that women lead our company from the front by topping our performance charts year after year. Nearly 25% of our international workforce is made up of working mothers not only within Consultancy roles but also back office, IT and support roles as well as Senior Management. There’s no pay gap here, no need to "step up". The nature of our business as multilingual recruiters is naturally inclusive, our team and talent pool naturally diverse. It isn’t the same everywhere. We still need more women in tech for example. We know that and will continue our drive to #PressforProgress on gaps in pay, opportunity and pace of career progression for women, including working mothers. We’ll be celebrating our genuinely international group of people today, just as we do every day, and would love to hear how you are too.
 

How do you say Happy Valentine’s Day?

  •  Posted on Feb 14, 2018  by  | No Comments
 
 

Why Machine Translators Won’t Put Human Translators Out of Work

  •  Posted on Feb 13, 2018  by  | No Comments
Three reasons why machine translators won’t be putting human translators out of work just yet As we all know, technology is developing faster and faster and there is fear that it will ultimately put us all out of work. With the improvement of technology comes the improvement of machine translation - but will this mean no future for human translators? (more…)
 

“No entiendo, hablas Ingles?” – How I learnt Spanish.

  •  Posted on Jan 23, 2018  by  | No Comments
Finding out that you are moving to a foreign country at the age of 10 was quite daunting, especially when the only words you know are “No entiendo, hablas Ingles?”. (more…)
 

What’s in a Chinese name?

  •  Posted on Jan 15, 2018  by  | No Comments
If you don’t know how to start a conversation with a Chinese person, you can start by asking about the meaning behind their name. When you speak both Chinese and English, you will understand the difference behind the logic of giving names. (more…)
 

Lost in Translation – Why I say ‘I Love You’ in Spanish

  •  Posted on Jan 11, 2018  by  | No Comments
When I was born, the first language I heard was Spanish. This had no particular meaning to me as it was my first language and I thought that everyone spoke it. At the age of 9 I moved to the U.S.A from El Salvador and soon I realised that not everyone spoke the language.  (more…)
 

“ELA is the most engaging consultancy in London”

  •  Posted on Dec 05, 2017  by  | No Comments
My name is Marco and I am a native Italian speaker. I was placed in a Customer Service role in a Multinational Company, working within the Marketing Research area. (more…)