Travel

What's happening in Parnell this summer?

Didn't realise there's so much happening locally. This is great. Free entertainment. Might see some of you at these Parnell events. p/s: Don't forget to go along to the amazing Chinese New Year Lantern Festival at Albert Park from Friday night to Sunday evening. Drake Jazz at the Rotunda...

Lost in translation 2

Following my previous post on the importance of getting translations done right, I have included some photos to further illustrate my point. I was in Shanghai last year, and at a glance saw someone wearing a t-shirt that said “Christchurch” on the back. Perhaps an ex-international student, I thought....

Why bother with Spanish lessons?

Spanish classes are very popular amongst Kiwis. Many choose to kick off the year with some Spanish lessons, in preparation for an upcoming trip to South America or Spain. Some choose to learn Spanish because of business reasons. At Euroasia, we are often asked why Spanish lessons are so...

Euroasia Christmas message – Joyeux Noël

The team at Euroasia has put together a short video message, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. You'll have to guess who's saying what. If you're playing this at the office, try not to laugh too hard ok. We don't want to get you in trouble....

How many Eskimo words are there for snow?

OK this settles it.  In the Yup'ik Eskimo Dictionary published by the Native Language Centre at the University of Alaska, and found in schools throughout Alaska's Yukon Delta, there are 37 ways of referring to snow. When snow falls from the sky, an Eskimo can say “it's snowing” in...

Terrorist attacks in Mumbai

I've just been thinking about the Mumbai terrorist attacks. It's most unfortunate that once again this act of terrorism was perpetrated by Muslim extremists. I say unfortunate not just because of the many people that died, and the damage caused to the economy. More importantly, the fragile relations between...

Poking fun at Germans

This is a funny ad put out by Berlitz, portraying the German Coast guard. Check it out if you haven't seen it. I have so many funny stories about accents. Not “toh-mah-to” vs “toh-may-to” type discussions…but pronunciation that's way off. Luckily after years of dealing with people with a...

Cruise ships in Auckland

I wonder how many people are aware of the sheer amount of money generated by the cruise industry using Auckland as a hub. I received an email from my local business association highlighting some opportunities for the local retailers. During the 2007/08 cruise season, Auckland received $123.8 million of...

Recession: The best time to learn a language

Recently I wrote that Britons are missing out on jobs at home and abroad because of their inability to speak languages other than English. Leonard Orban, the EU commissioner for multilingualism, says that small- to medium-sized companies in the UK are increasingly turning to foreign nationals to fill jobs...