Why is Asia so brand conscious?

One of the readers of this blog asked a very good question: Why is Asia so brand conscious? This was in response to a photo I posted of the queue I observed outside the Louis Vuitton store on Orchard Road, Singapore. Why do people queue up to enter a...

Why young people must learn a second language

Data has just come out of the UK showing a drop in the number of people taking foreign languages at GCSE level (roughly NCEA Level 1). In analysing why this is the case, a major newspaper interviewed various academics and bureaucrats. Greg Watson, the chief executive of the Oxford...

Ken talking about Chinese language on Radio NZ

I was on Radio NZ's Morning Report this morning! Great publicity for our language school… Sadly I missed it, but luckily a friend emailed me about it. You can check out the story here. Check out buy azithromycin the audio feed here: buy cigarettes online legal Surge in language...

The future of Auckland

A group of us spent an afternoon last week at LanzaTech in Parnell. This little company tucked away in one corner of Auckland is doing some amazing things. LanzaTech has developed a technology to convert high volume industrial waste streams in the form of carbon monoxide into bio-ethanol using...

Chinese people having fun

A friend of mine Justin invited me along for Skykiwi's Miss Zodiac beauty pageant on Sunday night. I must confess I had fun, not just from looking at pretty girls 😉 but I was pretty impressed with everything else: performances, ambience etc. The entire event was delivered in Mandarin,...

How to develop empathy across cultures

I'm often asked the question “how does one develop greater cross-cultural empathy?” In my view there's really no better way than learning a new language. It's quite straightforward. In learning a new language, you start to feel what non-native English speakers feel when they attempt to speak English. The...

Creating the next generation of jobs

I came across a real interesting ad in this month's Harvard Business Review asking for applications for funding, applicable to a broad range of privately-led projects that will build a stronger, knowledge-based economy and create good, well-paying jobs for Ontario. This is pretty amzation Coaching Certification Program'>Life Optimization Coaching...

Smart Indian kid

I'm unsure if any of you have seen this youtube video before… it's the story of a young Indian kid named Ravi. He sells peacock feather fans at the Hanging Gardens of Mumbai. What's particularly amazing is that he can speak in a variety of different languages (ie. in...

The rise of non-native English speakers

International Languages Week in New Zealand starts tomorrow (Sunday, 17 August).  My bet is most Kiwis would not even be aware of the existence of International Languages Week, let alone know when this takes place.  The organisers and participants (largely school teachers and students learning foreign languages) have been...