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The benefits of learning another language!

  • 03/12/2015
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What are the benefits of learning a new language?

1. You build multitasking skills: It enables you to complete various tasks at once, effectively and efficiently and it is a great skill to have as it saves time and increases productivity.

2. Your memory improves: You become more perceptive and remember more of what you have seen. You will also be able to retain more information at once. This helps all aspects of your personal and professional life.

3. Meeting new people: This will most likely be those from a language class who are in the same position as you, or even those you come across in day to day activities, such as in a coffee shop or supermarket. Every type of interaction will naturally help you become improved and become more confident at speaking your new chosen language.4 It builds your self-confidence: Leading on from point 3, being Able to speak in a second language means you are fulfilling a personal achievement, which should bring you greater happiness.

4. It’s great for travelling: We all know that daunting feeling when It comes to visiting or exploring a country where you can’t speak the language, however imagine being able to communicate with the natives breaking down the communication barrier; it will make your trip much easier, enjoyable and rewarding.

5. Foreign language expands career potentials: In today’s global economy, knowing another language really gives you a competitive edge when applying for a job. No matter what type of career you pursue, you will be more attractive to an employer if you have another language. Those who have the ability to speak and use more than one language are more likely to be able to find a job which opens up travel opportunities and chances to exchange with others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vandu Language Services is based in Lewes, Sussex and has been helping organisations overcome the language barrier since 1999. We provide interpreting, translation, bilingual advocacy and cross cultural training for when you need to communicate clearly across cultures.

                                                                                     

 

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Meet our team-Olivia

  • 11/11/2015
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What do we do?

Meet Olivia our service manager

Hi Olivia, can you tell us about your background?                                                                                                                                            

After finishing a year of college I soon realised sitting in a classroom was not for me. I knew I was an active learner and was keen to get the opportunity to work for a real company whilst still growing and developing my skills. So at 17 I took the steps to start to look for an apprenticeship, one of the best choices I have made.

Why did you want to work for Vandu and what made you accept the job?

I loved what Vandu had to offer, when explained what my job role would entail I came away hoping I would get the job. I had a passion for languages at school and was excited at the opportunity for this to be my day to day to work.

What is your job role at Vandu?

I am the service manager at Vandu and take charge of the day to day running of the office.

What does your job require?

It is my responsibility to make sure every desk is running smoothly, helping customers and our professionals to solve complaints and issues. I also plan and work on events and projects to develop the business, as well as working with Diversity Resource International (DRI) our partner organisation.

What do you like about your role?

I love my role at Vandu. Most significantly building a rapport with such a range of people, from our associates through to our customers. I embrace every challenge that presents itself, and every day is different.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I want to keep learning and developing myself professionally. Possibly gain a qualification within the business field. Encouraging and seeing strengths in people is a technique I have acquired in my management role and I would love to continue building on this.

 

If you want to find out more about our services please email training@vlslanguages.com or call 01273 473986

 

Vandu Language Services is based in Lewes, Sussex and has been helping organisations overcome the language barrier since 1999. We provide interpreting, translation, bilingual advocacy and cross cultural training for when you need to communicate clearly across cultures.

                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

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Diwali

  • 09/11/2015
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The festival of lights

 

This week is Diwali, also known as the ‘festival of lights’; stemming from the word Diwali meaning 'rows of lighted lamps'. It is the widely celebrated Hindu New Year and is either a 3 or 5 day holiday, depending on where in the world you celebrate it!

The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the legends that go with the festival vary in different parts of India.

Homes are cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. Amid the dark skies of autumn every household burns ‘diyas’ an oil lamp, to light the way for the goddess because it is believed that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up. This brings about the name ‘festival of lights’.

People start the new business year at Diwali, and some Hindus will say prayers to the goddess for a successful year.

We got the opportunity to speak to one of our interpreters who celebrates Diwali and find out her experiences;

What goes on during Diwali?

The main element of Diwali is to celebrate, this is done by great feasts, gifts and spectacular parties. A popular tradition is to wash coins in honey, milk and water and place in a temple as this is said to bring wealth and prosperity.

Do you have a special memory or experience from Diwali?

My mum used to clean our house every year in preparation for Diwali and the same thing happened with her mother, my grandmother. I remember getting up very early in the morning to say prayers and go to my parents for blessings. I now pass these customs onto my own children but every family has their own way of teaching the next.

What is your favourite part of the festival?

I really look forward to New Year’s Day (Thursday) as it brings everyone together and is a time to put aside your differences. Each family eats at their own home, where a large feast is spread across the table. We also take this food to a temple and offer it to the gods. Personally at this time of year I like to send toys and clothes to India where the children are less fortunate and cant experience the luxuries we take for granted.

 

 

 

Vandu Language Services is based in Lewes, Sussex and has been helping organisations overcome the language barrier since 1999. We provide interpreting, translation, bilingual advocacy and cross cultural training for when you need to communicate clearly across cultures.

                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mesfiney's Love foundation

  • 09/11/2015
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On Friday the 23rd of October, Mebrak attended as a guest speaker for Mesfiney’s Love Foundation, which was set up in memory of Mesfin by his mother, Nebiat. The event took place at Adulis restaurant in London and raised a grand total of £3000 towards the cause.

The foundation’s main objective is to promote and protect the physical and mental health of children in Eritrea, in particular but not exclusively those with disabilities through the provision of facilities through their health and education.

The foundation is in partnership with the Eritrean Relief Association UK (ERA-UK) which was set up in 1976 by a group of Eritrean refugees together with British supporters of the Eritrean struggle for independence.

Over the last two decades, ERA-UK has challenged the effects of drought, famine and war by raising funds to run effective relief and health and community-based programmes, both in the liberated parts of the country, and in refugee camps in Sudan.

The work of ERA-UK also includes long term development programmes in primary healthcare, education, employment and rehabilitation of refugees and internally displaced people.

We got the chance to speak to Mebrak and she told us why she supports the cause:

“Every child has a right to education, supporting all children ultimately means that they will be able to support themselves and society in the future”

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(At the top Mebrak and Nebiat, and on the bottom the chair of the ER association Seble Ehpran)

 

To find out more information visit www.era-uk.org

 

Vandu Language Services is based in Lewes, Sussex and has been helping organisations overcome the language barrier since 1999. We provide interpreting, translation, bilingual advocacy and cross cultural training for when you need to communicate clearly across cultures.

                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The bilingual mind

  • 09/11/2015
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Once needing an interpreter herself, Shqipe is now a qualified Albanian Interpreter working for Vandu. We had the pleasure of speaking to her in-between her busy duties as a mother to 2 boys and here we share her experience with you…

Hi Shqipe, can you tell us about your background?

Before I moved to the UK I was a primary school teacher for 7 years in Albania. I came to the country with a very basic understanding of the English language but eventually, through a friend, I found Vandu.

How did Vandu help you?

I had some very important hospital appointments, which without an interpreter I would have really struggled to have understood the process; this experience made me realise how important and useful an interpreter is.

Why did you want to become an Interpreter?

Both my brothers are interpreters which definitely inspired me to take on the challenge of being able to do it myself. Having the opportunity to practice with them really helped me in developing my skills, I quickly discovered the more I practiced the more I wanted to learn. Even though I am now a qualified interpreter I still have a passion to study, learning is like consuming good food, you never want to stop. It’s an extremely interesting and varied job and not only are you helping others but yourself as well.

What has been your favourite interpreting experience?

I love interpreting in general, knowing that you’re making a client happy seeing that they trust you is very rewarding. I love the diversity of the job, working with social services, hospitals and solicitors among many others, you never know what job is next.

What advice would you give to fellow interpreters?

Preparation is key. It’s crucial as the interpreter to research the topic of conversation for key words or phrases that may be specific to that interpreting session. Also working out the best way to help both client and service provider can ensure that everyone can be satisfied.  Finally, it’s essential to not become too close to a client, you are there to perform a role to your highest ability but not befriend them in the process.

What is your future?

I want to carry on interpreting with Vandu, whilst investing time into developing my skills and knowledge. I have been working as a court interpreter since 2015 and a community interpreter since 2013.  I am also working on an online DPSI law course, which once completed means I will be able to interpret within the public service sector. One day I may go back to teaching but whichever path I choose I will never stop craving the hunger to learn.

 

Vandu Language Services is based in Lewes, Sussex and has been helping organisations overcome the language barrier since 1999. We provide interpreting, translation, bilingual advocacy and cross cultural training for when you need to communicate clearly across cultures.

                                                                                     

 

 

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