Language training for Expats
They don’t feel connected
“The working language may be English but many employees are still Belgians. Belgians who (at our office anyway) speak Dutch to each other on the side, during lunch, among each other during meetings. They also talk about things a lot of expats just don’t understand or can’t pick up on, even if the conversation is in English and I don’t just mean politics but regular everyday things.
They are isolated
“I find that companies should invest more in the integration of their expat employees. I really notice it at our company. Since we don’t know anyone or anything, we just go all out at our jobs, which is a good thing, until it becomes counterproductive. I hated Belgian administration so much, I felt so lonely, so misunderstood, that I was constantly thinking about moving back to my country.”
They can’t go to customers
“Let’s just admit it; There aren’t enough technical profiles in Belgium. When we’re looking for mechanics, we have no other choice but to look at foreign work forces. Before you know it, your entire department is foreign and no one can be sent off to clients because they lack the necessary cultural knowledge and don’t speak the language.”
They lose their motivation
“We sent our expats to evening courses, we involved relocation agencies, gave them budgets to spend, but even after 3 years, they still don’t speak any Dutch and their only friends are also expats. Most of these friends are only here temporarily and leave, which leaves them all alone again. Of course, they end up leaving and returning back to their country of origin or moving on to the next location.”
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.
  • Getting to know the Belgian culture by going back in time and applying the same principles to the present.
  • 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.

 

Wouldn’t you like to get to know which 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 made-to-measure.

 

We can provide private classes as well as in-company group classes  on-site or at our office.

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to make your expats feel at home in your company?
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