Top US Games Firm Needs Staff With Language Skills In Ireland

The top US games firm, EA Games, is looking for staff with language skills for a base in Galway, Ireland. The computer games company is creating 300 jobs for its new European Customer Experience Centre of Excellence in Ireland and requires people with a good proficiency in French, Italian, German and Spanish, as well as English.

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Are Brits Lazy Language Learners?

According to a recent article in The Independent newspaper, the writer speaks about the general laziness and misunderstanding regarding learning languages in the UK. That an ‘everyone speaks English anyway’ attitude prevails in the UK which adds to this ignorant view that there is no point in learning a foreign language. This attitude and misunderstanding has been around for a long time in the UK and seems to be getting worse. But, do you agree with this opinion?

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‘PayPal’ Forced To Import Staff With Language Skills From Overseas

PayPal, the online payment company, which has a base in Dundalk, Ireland is having to recruit staff from overseas due to a lack of Irish staff with language skills.  The multinational company is finding it difficult to find Irish staff with the necessary language skills and in particular for German, Dutch and Nordic languages. The Global Operations Vice-President at PayPal said that Ireland suffered from a ‘deficiency’ in Irish workers with second languages.

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Le Quatorze Juillet

Bastille Day, known in French as le quatorze juillet or Fête Nationale,  is a French National holiday held on the 14 July each year.  It was on this day in 1789  when hundreds of Parisians stormed the Bastille Prison in Paris starting the French Revolution and bringing about the end of the monarchy.   [Read more…]

Summer Sale Offer From Think Language Online Audio Magazines!

think french april 2012 issueThink Language Summer Sunshine Special Sale Offer!

To celebrate the Summer sunshine, we’ve been contacted by our friends at Think Language online audiomagazines with an amazing special low price offer for their Think French & Think Spanish online audiomagazines – and what’s more, it’s a great deal for you, our Language Advantage Newsletter subscribers!

This special price will only be offered between the 8th June 2012 and the 15th June 2012 inclusive. If you order a Think French or Think Spanish subscription between these dates, you will pay only $79 plus receive free back issues of the Think Spanish or Think French online audiomagazine. That’s more than a 20% discount, which sounds like a great deal to us! [Read more…]

Latest Reviews! Michel Thomas Start Language Courses

michel thomas method start greek language coursesOur intrepid panel of international reviewers has done it again! Andy Dunhill from Huddersfield, UK and Sue Gooch from London, UK both took on our request to review a Michel Thomas Start language course. Andy tried the Michel Thomas Start Spanish course and Sue tried her hand at the Michel Thomas Start Greek course. Both are interested in learning languages for different reasons. We introduced them to the Michel Thomas Start language course and both had very different things to say about their particular course>> [Read more…]

British School Children Must Learn Languages To Boost UK Economy In The Future

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) recently said that it should be compulsory for British school children to learn languages at school right up until they are 16 years old. The need for the next generation of school children to learn languages comes from their concern that the UK is not taking advantage of new markets such as India, China, Russia and Brazil. The lack of people in the UK with the necessary language skills could potentially hinder business with these fast-growing markets.

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The Psychology Behind Thinking In A Foreign Language

A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago, has found that thinking in a foreign language actually helps you to think more clearly in risky situations. It seems that decision making becomes more determined and deliberate when you think in a foreign language, than in your own native language. Psychological experiments were made on 300 people in the USA and in Korea as part of the study.

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More NEW Language Courses From Michel Thomas!

miche thomas method spanish total and perfect deluxe setWe’re constantly on the look out for new and interesting courses here at Language Advantage Limited. We’ve just finished updating our Michel Thomas language course pages with even more NEW! language courses! The new Michel Thomas Start, Michel Thomas Total, Michel Thomas Perfect and Michel Thomas Masterclass courses are now available in the USA. Look out for NEW! next to a product on the Michel Thomas language course pages for the latest new product.

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Semana Santa, Spain

semana santa spainSemana Santa is Holy Week in the Christian year in Spain and is celebrated this year from 1st – 8th April from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It is a week of religious activity to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Activities include joyful fiestas to solemn processions, with highlights on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday depending on which city or village you’re in.  [Read more…]