OPAL 5 – Beliefs, Modelling and Motivation

Beliefs, Modelling and Motivation… Do you know yours? Great to be here again – I hope you all having better weather than we are here – rain, freezing cold and grey! Beliefs, modelling and motivation, if correctly aligned, can be the ultimate breakthrough to success…. Let’s start with a short exercise! Get pen and paper…

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As I See It: Plus ça change…

Plus ça change….. I do feel sorry for anyone trying to understand what makes the British tick. After all, we are supposed to be one nationality – there is no other option on our passports – so how can this embrace such a vast range of cultural differences? (And that’s without taking into account the…

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OPAL 4 – Actions Speak Louder than Words

“Actions Speak Louder Than Words” – do they? Try OPAL! OPAL – what is it besides being a miracle working magic to achieve genuine fluency, become a “different person”, acquire a second language and even a second FIRST language? Yves, the genius that created and developed OPAL (read more here) is French by birth and…

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Laughter for the Soul!

Laughter for the Soul! “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing” Michael Pritchard “When you laugh you change, When you change, the whole world changes”  Dr Madan Kataria, Founder of Laughter Yoga Yes there is even such a thing as Laughter Yoga (and a World Laughter Day).…

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As I see it… The British sense of humour

The British sense of humour is a truly wondrous thing. In common with the mysteries of the English language, it has no laws or governing principles as many people – including several highly-paid TV, radio and film personalities/directors/producers – have found out to their not inconsiderable cost. New comedy shows appear on our televisions from…

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Your assumptions about Cultural Adaptation are probably wrong!

I came across this post from HBR some time ago – It explains very well the importance of really concentrating on the difference between cultures. It can make or break your whole business relationship, including whether you get that prized contract or not!!! What do you concentrate on before that ‘BIG’ meeting? The presentation? The…

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OPAL 3 – The Chameleon: He’s a native alright, but from which continent?

OK so I’m English, VERY English even, (well Irish/English cross with a bit of Scottish thrown in, and a few drops of Spanish blood several centuries ago), although ancestors such as Captain Cook have given me a complete and utter addiction to travel, discovery, exploring, languages, cultures… You get the idea? Most people consider me…

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As I see it… When is English not English?

When is English not English? When it’s American, of course. I recently had the task of explaining to a Norwegian-born, American-raised university graduate that what passes for ‘English’ in America doesn’t necessarily have the same meaning in dear old Blighty. Perhaps it’s because they actually WON the War of Independence that they feel the need…

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OPAL 2 – Get by, fluent or bilingual

Fluency – what does it mean? The definition of scales and levels is determined by the Council of Europe. Levels are divided into 3 basic categories, A, B and C and then subdivided further. I am apparently bilingual (French), I was trilingual, (French and Spanish) although there are days when I have strong doubts! I…

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As I See It….English as she is spoke

As I See It….English as she is spoke I have the utmost sympathy for anyone trying to learn the English language – and the utmost admiration for those who succeed in mastering its numerous ambiguities. English is a nonsense of course – comprised of utterly ridiculous grammar and spelling rules which are then comprehensively broken…

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