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A dog is for life … not only for Christmas!

The 4th anniversary of our dog’s funeral is drawing close. Otto, as he was called, had certainly filled a gap in our family and also left one. Our family of 4 affectionately welcomed and integrated Otto, the puppy, about 18 years ago. I sometimes took Otto to my office in…

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Happy Advent from IDEAL Language Courses

I am writing this end of year – IDEAL blog on the 4th of Advent, having done all my Christmas shopping amidst crowds of very busy fellow-shoppers in Brighton/UK. Advent, the coming of Christ, is the very antithesis of Santa’s secular pre-Christmas merry go around, because Advent should release us…

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Lost in translation – Idioms in the English Language

The President of the European commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, addressed the awkwardness of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the EU taking place at a time when the UK is about to leave the “European family”. My IDEAL- Language and Culture client from Paris and I overheard the BBC reporter…

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Sorry … I am from Europe

After the final Brexit-vote in the Houses of Parliament, Britain wishes to continuously act and be seen as a globally driving, caring and embracing world power. Given the fact that last week’s request of the Labour MP, Ms Harriet Harman, to call for the rights of EU-citizens in the UK…

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What do IDEAL clients think of the “Hard Brexit”

Mrs. Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, gave a speech last week in which she outlined the need to choose the “hard Brexit“ option. Britain will therefore pursue a complete, clean break from all EU structures (including the single market) and aim to negotiate a free-trade agreement with the EU…

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BREXIT – How small has Great Britain become?

For several weeks and months the front runners of the Brexit-camp have lauded the greatness of the United Kingdom. In both nationalistic and racist verbal bombardments they praised the British identity and demanded the sole sovereignty over British affairs. They succeeded in the EC-referendum held one week ago – 52%…

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How can I simplify my English? Keep it short and simple.

IDEAL, Language and Culture in Brighton/England, has been coaching business executives from all over the world for the past 15 years. One of the most common questions raised by our customers has been how to communicate with both native and non-native business partners effectively. The correct application of the “KISS”-principle…

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