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Clients often tell us that, even in countries considered to be well-known expat destinations, their assignees are surprised to find that the lack of language training is more of a hindrance than they expected. In many cases, this is because even if English is the common business language in large…
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When it comes to relocating employees from the U.S. to the UK or vice versa, the last thing their Cartus consultant needs to think about is the necessity for language training. They speak the same language, don’t they?
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It’s often said that Mandarin (Chinese) is one of the world’s most difficult languages to learn. It isn’t like English, whose alphabet is just used to spell out words. When speaking Mandarin, even students from our close neighbors, Japan and Korea, face big challenges, such as using the correct tone…
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With the advent of smartphones and mobile apps, it seems that it ought to be easier than ever to learn a new language. A quick search on iTunes or Google Play reveals numerous self-paced language apps that claim any learner can “... speak Spanish in 24 hours” or “... read Japanese in a week.” But is…