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Marina Tognetti to present at the 2017 Global WINConference in Oslo – Norway

Posted September 26th, 2017 by Mina Camera
Categories: Myngle News, Uncategorized

mYngle CEO Marina Tognetti will be presenting at the 20th Global WINConference that will take place between September 26th and September 30th in Oslo, Norway.

About the WINConference

The Global WINConference  is a 3+ day event organized by the independent global women’s leadership organization Women’s International Networking (WIN). More than 800 leaders from across the world are participating to discuss about one of the big topics in the business world today, that is the empowerment of women.

The theme for this year’s 20th WIN meeting is “Creating a Thriving Future” with grounded optimism, gracious innovation & tender humanity. There are a lot of research findings that show how gender balance is beneficial to business, how through women’s leadership, companies do better and how diversity of thoughts and background stimulates innovation. Yet gender parity is still very far away. In this age of constant flux, the world requires new solutions to the challenges of our time, solutions that not only evolve companies but also humanity as a whole.

WIN Innovation and Technology Forum

Marina will contribute in the Innovation and Technology Forum on Day 2.
Technology has changed the way we live and work and is the most powerful industry of our times, with unprecedented ability to transform and shape our future. Women must have a seat at that table if we are to Create a Thriving Future for all, but it is clear that there are big challenges ahead for women to create a space for themselves in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Marina will speak about her own experience as entrepreneur, touching on some of the key challenges of female entrepreneurship. The issue about female leadership is in fact amplified in tech start-ups: women are as innovative as men and companies run by women are as successful. Yet the number of female tech entrepreneurs is insignificantly low. Confidence, change, persistence: a different way of looking at leadership. One that better fits a new female model of leadership, and that can be equally or even more successful at the end. A different way of being a leader.

And together with the other forum panelists, all women successful in the technology sector, they will discuss and try to answer some of the key questions about women in the tech world: What can be done to progress women’s careers in technology? Is there a place for ‘’feminine values’’ in the tech industry? How can women be active innovators in society and technology and play an active role as we shape the future in a positive way?

 

What?

GlobalWINConference 2017 – Innovation and Technology Forum

When?

16.30 – 18.00 on Thursday, September 29th

Where?

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo, Norway.

3 Myths About Learning a Language, Which is Not English

Posted July 20th, 2017 by myngle
Categories: Language Learning, Learning Languages

Raise your hands if you have tried and failed to learn a language?

Though I can’t see you, I won’t be too surprised if many hands spring up.

The struggle to master a language is common, especially for adult learners with a full-time job. If you are a native English speaker or have the ability to communicate all right in English, acquiring another language is even more challenging.

You have probably heard this joke: A ”bilingual” is someone who speaks two languages, a “trilingual” is someone who speaks three languages. What do you call someone who speaks only one language? It’s an AmericanRead the rest of this post »

3 Trello Boards for your Language Learning

Posted June 26th, 2017 by myngle
Categories: Language Learning, Learning Languages

Learning a new language is overwhelming! Unfamiliar sounds, new words, complex grammar rules as well as the many exceptions await. Starting to learn is easy (and exciting), but progression could be slow.

What if you treat language training as a project?

Set goals, establish a process and work on it regularly. Using this approach and you will be mastering a language in no time.

Better yet, you can make use of some excellent project management tools to learn more efficiently. I’d like to share with you 3 Trello boards to demonstrate how you can make language learning happen. If you are new to Trello, here is a guide to start.

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Download our free Expat Italy Guide

Posted June 23rd, 2017 by myngle
Categories: Community

Expat Italy Guide

Are you living or planning to move to Italy? Or are you still wondering where to move for your next career step, curious about how life is in Italy?

This free Expat Italy Guide is a great way to start!

Do not miss out on our Expat Italy Guide and its culture, values and facts.

It includes a section thought of with expats in mind working in la bella Italia and for those who want to start their experience the best possible way.

You will also find 10 useful tips to succeed, while doing business in Italy. Along with some curious language facts that will make you feel like an insider!

Download the free guide

mYngle helps international companies improve cross-border collaboration by providing their employees with flexible, tailored, online language courses with private native teachers in 45+ languages.

9 Cool Dutch Words With No English Translation

Posted June 23rd, 2017 by myngle
Categories: Fun, Language Facts, Language Learning, Learning Languages

Living in the Netherlands can be easy for English speakers as everyone speaks decent English. However, some Dutch words have no English equivalent, so even if the local try to translate them to you, the sense and feeling of the expressions could go missing. It’s fine if you just want to get by, but the reward is high once you learn what they mean.

Why You Want To Know About Untranslatable Words

When a word is not translatable, it’s often the case that it conveys a concept, an attitude, or a cultural aspect that exists in the Netherlands but perhaps nowhere else. It means that once you use those words, you can express yourself quicker with all the nuances.

These nine words won’t do the magic straight away, but once you read through them, you will start to see what I mean. If you can use them, you would feel more like an insider. The Dutch is famous for being tolerant and friendly with foreigners, but once you speak the language, you will feel those qualities in a much deeper sense.

If you are new to the Netherlands, the Dutch sounds and its extremely long words might be intimidating. You think the language would be too hard to learn. Most people speak perfect English anyway, you tell yourself. Eventually, you would want to learn Dutch, though, because knowing the language makes your life here easier, more enjoyable and perhaps more “gezelig”. Learning the language gives you that knowledge, confidence and opportunity.

9 Awesomely Untranslatable Dutch Words

  1. Gezellig

Gezellig is most likely the first untranslatable word you would encounter as Dutch people use it all the time.  They could say “Een gezellig cafe” (a cosy cafe), “het gezellig bezoek” (the friendly visit), or “een gezellige vrouw” (a convivial woman). You can see that the word “gezellig” could be used to describe a place, a social gathering or a person, meaning “good” or “nice” and a bit more. It’s about being social and being cosy.

 

  1. Uitwaaien

In the word “uitwaaien,” “uit” means “out” and “waaien” means “to blow”. You go out for the wind to blow away worrying thoughts. It is a way to remember the meaning of “uitwaaien” — going for a walk to clear your head.

 

  1. Lekker

Lekker is another word that you hear a lot when the Dutch talk to each other. It’s often used to describe the food as being tasty, but there are ways more usage of this word. “Ga lekker zitten” means “to make yourself comfortable, make yourself at home”. “Lekker lang uitslapen” means that you sleep in long and nicely. You can also use “lekker” for a person that you enjoy hanging out with like “een lekker meid” (a nice girl). Kids sometimes say to each other “lekker puh!” meaning “serves you right!”

 

  1. Uitzieken

This word is another expression that illustrates the common attitude found among the people in the Netherlands. The doctors often advocate “uitzieken” or to wait, take it easy and let the body heal itself. You “sick it out” until you recover instead of hastily taking medication.

 

  1. Afbellen

The Dutch is very social and often make a plan, to have dinner or a beer with friends, way in advance. It doesn’t mean, though, that an appointment can’t be cancelled. When someone, especially a date, does it over the phone, “afbellen” is the word for it. It has the subtle difference to “afzeggen” which is to cancel in general.

 

  1. IJsberen

As a noun, “ijsberen” means “polar bears”, rooting from the singular noun “ijsbeer” (polar bear). As a verb, “ijsberen” can’t be entirely translated into one word in English. It refers to the act of pacing up and down because you are either nervous or bored. The expression derived from the behaviour of polar bears in captivity when they walk around in the same circle or movement again and again.

 

  1. Gedogen

This word means to turn a blind eye to something. It reflects the tolerant attitude of the country when it comes to things like drug or prostitution laws.

 

  1. Uitbuiken

“Uit” again means “out” while “buiken” means bellies. Together, they make a word meaning “to have bellies out, often after a lot of eating and / or drinking”.

 

  1. Beleg

If you are working in a Dutch company, you must have noticed that sandwiches (i.e. “boterhammen”) are the very typical food for lunch. When the Dutch eat one piece of bread (een boterham), they put “beleg” on the bread, which could be anything from standard ham and cheese to sweet chocolate sprinkles (de hagelslag).

 

This list of nine words is just the start. I hope you enjoy reading it and it will encourage you to learn more Dutch. If you know other words that you have struggled to translate into English, share with us below!

 

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About the author:

quynh-150x150Quynh Nguyen writes about productivity for individuals and teams while travelling the world. She loves learning languages, riding a bike and having many nice cups of tea. Connect with her @QuynhThuNguyen or visit her at www.quynh.nl

Marina Tognetti to present at the Women Economic Forum in New Delhi

Posted May 8th, 2017 by myngle
Categories: Myngle News, Uncategorized

mYngle CEO Marina Tognetti is presenting now at the Women Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi, a global conference to empower conversations and connections among women committed to foster constructive change in ALL walks of life.
The main theme for WEF 17 is “Creating, Innovating, Understanding and Driving the Future”.
Participants from all over the world are sharing their business expertise, their learning, their stories, their inspiration, their drive and focus and their message or cause. They will talk about different verticals, as Entrepreneurship, Thought Leadership, Sustainability, Innovation, Industry or Country specific topics etc.
Marina will contribute with two different stories – you can watch online her contribution here: http://weftv.org/:

  • LEADERSHIP

Plenary session on the main stage about Creating a New Thought Leadership, where Marina will talk about Tech entrepreneurship: the ultimate challenge.

The issue about female leadership is amplified in tech start-ups: Women are as innovative as men and companies run by women are as successful. So why are there so few women tech entrepreneurs?

Here, Marina will talk about her own experience as female tech entrepreneur of a venture capital backed start-up. She will talk of leadership and the ultimate challenge, because “If we can make it there, we can make it anywhere.”


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Date/time: Monday 8th May at 11:00am (local time)

  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Parallel session about Entrepreneurship, and in particular: Change is an essential part of being entrepreneur.
The entrepreneurship theory talks a lot about how to start a company: start with the customer in mind, start with experiments, start with a Minimum Viable Product etc. But what happens after you have launched? What if it is not really going as expected? Can you save a troubled start-up, identify the reasons for failing in the market, and rectify then? Marina will share the true story of mYngle, and give tips on how to turnaround a start-up.

 

Entrepreneurship banner WEF

Date/ time: Tuesday 9th May at 6:00 pm (local time)

 

Marina will also contribute as Advisory Executive Council in the vertical Theme: B-1 (Presentations by Start-Ups, Entrepreneurs, Fund Managers, Investors & Innovator)

  • What? Women Economic Forum 2017, theme: Creating, Innovating, Understanding and Driving the Future
  • When? Monday 8th May to Saturday 13th May
  • Where? B-II/66, MCIE, First Floor, Mathura Road, New Delhi – India

mYngle CEO: one of the 50 most inspiring women in tech

Posted April 11th, 2017 by myngle
Categories: Press

It is a great day to start off the week today, announcing that our CEO, Marina Tognetti,  has been nominated by the INSPIRING FIFTY foundation one of the 50 most inspiring women in tech in the Netherlands for this year.
INSPIRING FIFTY is a great foundation that encourages all those women who want to work in the technology field to get inspired, with a “yes, you can do it” approach.

Technology is in fact a field where female leadership is still very much under-represented. As we all know, a low percentage of women are in the board or leading Fortune 500 companies; but even a lower percentage is owner of a tech company. Only 5% of tech start-ups are owned by women. And those start-ups owned by women only 4% receive venture capital funding.

Technology is revolutionizing every part of our life and our society. Yet women are still not participating in this revolution in sufficient numbers. The tech world needs to be shaken and women need to gain awareness of their potential and capabilities and push themselves behind their limits.

INSPIRING 50 wants to give examples of role models that can inspire more women to start in the technology sector. This is one of the reasons that is making us proud of having as lead of mYngle a role model and reference point for all the aspirant successful women in tech.

Marina is among those fifty who are challenging the status quo in 2017, demonstrating that technology is a field women can access and excel in.

This prize will be added to the belt of the Awards and recognition she has been winning during her journey as a CEO and Founder of mYngle, bringing language learning for professionals to the next level.

We, as mYnglers, are honored to take part of mYngle’s success, hoping to broaden our worldwide reach to those professionals who are still looking for an effective and tailored made language learning program.

Team building activity at De Ceuvel

Posted April 6th, 2017 by myngle
Categories: Community

On Friday, 10th of March the mYngle team was blessed by a pre-spring sunny day in Amsterdam at De Ceuvel to get the hands dirty while contributing to an inspiring and environmental sustainable project!

 

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All the participants at the volunteering day @De Ceuvel

 

It was an intense and rewarding day, collaborating to the concept started by De Ceuvel in 2014.

Located in Amsterdam North, De Ceuvel has an intriguing story that dates back to 1919, when the construction of the Shipyard Volharding started and with it a long chapter of shipbuilding activity that lasted for 80 years.

In 2000, the shipyard closed its doors to become a sustainable office park “De Ceuvel” in 2014, the year of its official opening.

Since then, the contaminated site has been transformed into an inspiring, sustainable place – the most unique urban experiment in Europe, with its projects and concepts based on the sustainability of living and working.

A broad spectrum of projects is carried out daily @De Ceuvel. Here you can find the Biogasboat project (learn more here: http://www.biogasboot.nl), the Circular Buiksloterham, Compost Toilet, Heat Exchanger, Helophyte filters, and many more.

Our team had the chance to work on two main projects. We split in different groups, together with other brave employees and volunteers, and we got involved in:

  • Upcycling project

Main objective of the day was to set up the recycling house, where waste would be separated according to its material. We built its roof and use our creativity to recycle the litter collected in the neighborhood to define the different material sections – glass, paper, plastic, metal and organic. We definitely felt we fully applied one of their core concepts: turn what many people view as waste into something of value.

 

Upcycling

  • Gardening project

Most of the plants @De Ceuvel are destined to absorb the pollution and metals coming from the past time this ground was devoted as a shipyard. Keeping this in mind, we were involved in uprooting those plants carrying the metals inside their veins.

After that, we got the ground ready to plant other plants that would also contribute to slowly purify the ground. We had real fun while digging, clipping, raking and trimming – under the sun and a magnificent blue sky!

 

gardening

 

Satisfied and proud of our productive day, we ended the day enjoying a great beer at the Café De Ceuvel!

 

 

Looking forward to the next team building activity!

 

4 Online Hacks for Language Immersion Regardless of Your Location

Posted March 20th, 2017 by myngle
Categories: Language Learning


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“I learned that word, but I can’t remember what it means.”

How often does your memory fail you? Often enough?

That can be discouraging but remember: practice makes perfect. What you may need is language immersion. That is immersing yourself in a language regularly until using it becomes reflexive, almost second nature.

A busy work and social life could make regular language training challenging. Luckily, there are some smart, and even unexpected, online language immersion tools with which you can practice a foreign language on a daily basis, either at home or on the go!

 

Benefits of language immersion

Practicing language immersion by using web-based software and apps is a smart way to improve your language skills because it is convenient, relevant, and cost-effective.

Being online means being anywhere in the world without leaving your front door. You don’t have to take a two-hour flight from Germany to Spain in order to practice Spanish with a native speaker. Skype or Hangout can connect you to someone in Spain in a matter of seconds.

On the internet there are almost no borders that limit what you can do. If you have a hobby, you can find people with the same interests as you with a quick Google search.

Online language training is often more convenient than classroom lessons, as there is no bricks-and-mortar cost involved. Platforms like Coursera or EdX  even offer some courses for free, as their mission is to make education more accessible for the mass.

4 Tips for Online Language Immersion

1. Curate playlists in on Spotify

Language learners can use Spotify as an immersion tool because you can use the app to create playlists with songs in the language that you are learning.

Whether you listen to music all day or just when you relax, Spotify has something for you. Spotify also curates and updates playlists with music in different languages that match your activities, for when you work out, have dinner or just chill.

Can you estimate how many new words and phrases you would pick up daily?

2. Cook your favourite meals using online recipes

Eating the food of a country might not help you much, or at all, to learn the language of that country. However, cooking one of its famous dishes will bring you closer to their culture and you can practice the language by following the recipe.

If you are learning Spanish, for example, search online for “receta española tortilla de patatas” and you will find more recipes than you can probably cook.

There are options for written instructions as well as how-to videos. Cookpad is a good site for the former and YouTube is an excellent alternative for the latter.

Meal planner companies like HelloFresh or KnifeOverFork also develop apps, which are available in different languages. Using a like-wise app to plan weekly meals and cooks them entirely in the language you are learning.

3. Work out with a virtual instructor

If you work out regularly, instruction videos and apps will make a great language immersion tool. In the morning, you can use a 7-Minute Workout app to kickstart your energy and language level at the same time. The app is available in many languages, including English, Dutch, German, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese.

If you don’t understand all the instructions, the movements on the screen would be your cues. Guessing the meaning of words in physical context is the way native speakers learn their language growing up.

If you can find a suitable workout app in what you want to learn, try YouTube. A few quick search would reveal, for instance, many instructed work-out videos in French or Yoga sessions in Spanish.

4. Use a mYngle tutor

You can always improve your language through listening and speaking to your mYngle tutor. The platform enables users to choose a teacher, book a lesson and start learning entirely online, right from your home-office.

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About the author:

quynh-150x150Quynh Nguyen writes about productivity for individuals and teams while travelling the world. She loves learning languages, riding a bike and having many nice cups of tea. Connect with her @QuynhThuNguyen or visit her at www.quynh.nl

How to Improve Your English While Commuting to Work

Posted March 1st, 2017 by myngle
Categories: Language Learning

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It’s a busy carriage with no empty chair for you to sit back, look through the window and ponder about the coming weekend… Commuting to work (and back) could be mundane, but it does not have to be!

You can always take your headphones out and start practicing your English skills. If you have the luxury of a free seat on the bus or, better still, your car, you can do even more to improve your English on a long commute.

Below you will find five ways to boost your English skills on the road.

Listen to Language Learning Podcasts

Many educators dedicate their time to teach you English via free podcasts. With a device like a smartphone or an iPod, you can sync lessons, which are everything from English Pronunciation with an American accent to British phrases and slangs in BBC’s The English We Speak. Both are perfect for a daily 30-minute train journey.

An extra exercise: Read lesson notes, often available on the website of a podcast, to consolidate what you learn or to clarify what you might have missed.

Here are some more language learning podcasts for you:

Tune into News Stations

Breaking news is a good way to learn English as it is often succinct and engaging. News presenters speak fast, which challenges and enhances your listening and comprehension skills. If you are not quite there yet, some websites offer news in slow and plain English for learners of all levels. Check here (for listening and reading) and here (for reading).

An extra exercise: Pick a piece of news you’ve heard and found interesting, then search for an article that writes about the topic more extensively for a reading practice. Pairing listening and reading is a good way to remember words longer and to recognize the difference between spoken and written language.

News channels you can subscribe to:

Read an English Book or Listen to an Audible One

Reading is probably the most common way to pass the time on the train. Like a well-written book: it is not only engaging but also educational. Take a step further and choose an English book for your next travel!

Pro-tip: Use online reviews, like those on Goodreads, to find suitable materials. There might be some spoilers here and there, but you want to make sure that you would like the book and that it is at your language level before embarking upon the challenging journey of reading in a second language.

Amazon now offers audible books to pair with the Kindle versions they sell, which means you have more options for practicing. I always find it easier to read (than to listen) when I am tired after a long day at work, but others might consider the opposite is true.

Speaking Practice or Lessons While Driving a Car or Riding a Bike

Recording yourself is a great way to practice speaking, either for getting your thoughts out in English quickly or for perfecting your pronunciation. Speakers of all languages have blind spots that are impossible for them to recognize while they speak, but those mistakes become more apparent when they listen to their voice on the recordings.

Just try it out, and you will probably hear some mispronunciations. You can also share the recordings with your mYngle private tutor for feedback!

Carry a Notebook and a Pen

Jot down your thoughts anywhere you go. It could be about anything from a to-do list to grocery items. Write about whichever comes up in your mind or just describe the weather. You can use a sticky note app on your phone too, of course.

Practice makes perfect so use these tips and the commuting time wisely to improve your English!

About the author:

quynh-150x150Quynh Nguyen writes about productivity for individuals and teams while travelling the world. She loves learning languages, riding a bike and having many nice cups of tea. Connect with her @QuynhThuNguyen or visit her at www.quynh.nl