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Celebrating International Mother Language Day!

February 21, 2015 will mark the 16th anniversary of International Mother Language Day. The celebration was instituted by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a way to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. Why is it important to celebrate your mother language? For those who speak English as their native language, it may seem odd to focus on the mother language instead of promoting much-needed second-language acquisition. However, for many people throughout the world, the dominant language in a given community has a tendency to displace local minority languages (which, of course, are mother languages more often than…

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2015’s Employee Development Plan Trends

Some fads come and go, even in employee development. But there are also trends, dictated by generational changes or new technology, which appear to have staying power. Here’s a look at what some innovative organizations are now including in their employee development plans. Mobile and social learning Although they aren’t new concepts, a recent study found that only 10 percent of companies are leveraging mobile learning solutions in their employee development. As the Millennial generation occupies more and more positions in the workforce, this number needs to change. These young workers grew up with technology and expect it to play…

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Language in Leadership: The Language Learning Exploits of Our Presidents

In the history of the United States, being an exceptional leader has been defined by more than just a top-notch education, courageous decision-making, and inspiring eloquence. Indeed, most U.S. presidents had access to the best schooling money could buy, but many have also honed their leadership through foreign experiences as diplomats and soldiers. In fact, more than half of the 44 presidents have documented proof of being bilingual. Here are some of the more fascinating cases: • Most of the early presidents studied both Latin and Greek, as was the custom in any institution of higher learning at the time. • Thomas…

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Rosetta Stone and Rick Steves: A Great Pair for Travelers

“There’s no question that connecting with people can help to enhance your travel experience, and that only gets easier when you speak the language,” said Rick Steves, travel expert, author, and president and CEO of Rick Steves’ Europe. Rosetta Stone is pleased to announce our new relationship with Rick Steves, the renowned authority on travel to Europe. Beginning this month, Rosetta Stone will feature original travel content on its website and through its social media platforms to promote international travel and enhance customer engagement. Additionally, Rosetta Stone will be a featured sponsor of Travel with Rick Steves, a national weekly…

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Developmental Assignments: Cheaper Expat Options

Developmental assignments overseas are an expensive, but necessary, cost of doing business for many organizations. They help develop leadership talent, open new markets, and serve as a carrot for employees to strive toward. The use of overseas developmental assignments continues to increase in popularity with the improving and increasingly multicultural economy. But it is a considerable expense. Compensation has to be revisited. Moving and training costs add up. It is estimated that an overseas assignment can cost three to five times the person’s salary. Here are some ways to cut back on the investment while still receiving a return. Get…

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Say What?! 5 Funny Presidential Language Gaffes

Being the leader of the free world has its perks: fame, power, and even a private plane. But holding the office of president of the United States also means that the world is watching your every move. And with cameras and tape recorders constantly rolling, it’s easy to point out when a mistake is made. In honor of Presidents’ Day, let’s take a look at the blunders our US presidents have made with language. John F. Kennedy In 1963, President Kennedy tried to show solidarity with the Germans by proclaiming, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” Kennedy wanted to say “I am…

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Inglés en Cinco Minutos: See, Look At y Watch

En español, los verbos más comunes para describir lo que hacemos con los ojos son “ver” y “mirar.” Sin embargo, en inglés hay tres verbos: see, look at, y watch. Aquí vemos las situaciones en las que se usan cada uno. See no es un verbo de acción Usas la palabra see simplemente para decir que tus ojos están funcionando como deberían. No tomas una decisión ni haces un esfuerzo; simplemente algo cruza por tu vista. Ejemplos: We often see dogs in the park. I saw you at the party last night. Look at es un verbo de acción a…

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Introducing “Driving Global Readiness: A Road Map”

Rosetta Stone Business and HR.com are proud to have developed a brand new and pioneering report, Driving Global Readiness: A Road Map. The report is a byproduct of several recent pieces or research, including the 2015 Rosetta Stone Business Language Impact Study, a landmark assessment of just how important language skills are becoming in the workplace. It illustrates the fact that not only are language skills an increasingly valuable asset to employees in the job market, but also to companies that aren’t necessarily doing business internationally. For instance, if you call the help line of the Toronto Transit Commission, you…

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