Language training for Expats
I FEEL ALONE
“I may work at an international company where English is the working language but most colleagues are still Belgians. Belgians who speak Dutch to each other on the side, during lunch, during meetings. We all took after-hour classes but even after 3 years, I was still afraid to use Dutch at my job, so I had a hard time feeling at home. It really feels like a burden and I started considering moving back.”
I DON’T FEEL AT HOME
“I find that companies should invest more in the integration of their expat employees. I really notice it at our company. We go all out on our jobs because apart from work, we don’t really know anyone or anything. Of course, most companies are happy about that in the beginning but it’s also very isolating. I often felt lonely, I hated (and still do) all the red tape and even hesitated to move back to my country. I really spent a few years feeling unhappy.”
3 FACTS
Fact
Our tiny little Belgian country has 381,193 expats working for us, which comes down to about 10% of the entire working population. Quite remarkable if you consider the fact that this is about 70% more than 4 years ago. (Reference: vacature.com)
Fact
Only 33% of the expats feel at home in our local culture. That’s only half of the world’s average of 63%! Sadly enough, we can’t even blame it on the language, because the Netherlands ends up right below average but when comparing to their result of 54%, we have some catching up to do! (Reference: Internations Expat-Insider)
Fact
Most companies who hire expats or ask them to move, do consider all financial aspects and practical issues associated with moving but fail to pay attention to the integration and the stability of the expat as a person. This causes many of them to malfunction in the working environment and even incites them to look for another job or to move back to their country of origin.

That may be the case but how do you make sure that an expat feels at home and therefore doesn’t leave? There are plenty of elements to take into consideration! The list is endless! Or is it?

What does the training involve?
At Hello Languages, we developed a programme in collaboration with the Belgian Academy of Culture and History that solves expats’ biggest issues such as speaking the language, understanding the Belgian culture, making people understand their way of functioning, wrapping their head around the political structure in order to survive the red tape, etc.
  • Learning how to speak the local language (NL, FR, DE) the way we (as locals) speak in real life, a way that sounds natural to natives, not like it is prescribed in books.
  • Finding the right information on ‘how life is in Belgium’ and learning how to cope using the local language.
  • Getting to know and learning to understand Belgian’s customs, ways of thinking, ways of interacting in order to connect to them more easily and even make friends.
  • Wrapping your head around the political structures in order to get through the administration and red tape, but also to be able to keep up with the eternal discussions going on between both sides of the country.
  • Getting to know the Belgian culture by going back in time and applying the same principles to the present.

Wouldn’t you like to get to know the country you’re living in? Of course it’s important to you to be able to speak to locals in their own language and talk about subjects that interest them most! Well…
THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES!

All our language trainings are customised.

 

We can provide private classes, as well as small group classes at your place or at our office (Hello Languages, Antwerp).

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