Archive for December, 2015

Oh mango tree, oh mango tree – Christmas celebrations in other cultures

Christmas has many traditions: families celebrate together quietly, the Christmas tree is beautifully decorated, Christmas treats abound, and, of course, either Baby Jesus or Father Christmas brings us a huge pile of presents! But how is the birth of Christ celebrated by other cultures? In India, the lack of conifers leads to mango trees being decorated! We’ve put together a few more special Christmas traditions from other countries here:

How do lingokings celebrate Christmas? Part 4: Our managing director Nils

Just three days to go until Christmas! Some look forward to relaxing get-togethers with friends and family, others panic frantically on the hunt for last-minute presents. For us we feel a tinge of melancholy that our short introductory series with our managing director Nils Mahler is coming to an end. Nils and lingoking Nils is responsible for Sales and Marketing at lingoking. He is particularly interested in languages, because language read more…

Two beers or eight? – Different countries, different gestures

Who hasn’t been through it before: If you’re abroad and Latin is getting you nowhere, body language is the last resort. But be careful! If you don’t know what some gestures mean beforehand and use your hands and feet to make yourself understood in other cultures, you may have to use them to defend yourself instead! This is why we have put together a list of gestures whose meaning can read more…

How do lingokings celebrate Christmas? Part 4: Our director, Timo

Over the last 14 days, the Advents calendar has become lighter and lighter, whilst we have become, if we’re honest, heavier and heavier. It comes as no surprise after all the Christmas parties and visits to the Christmas markets. 10 days to go before the big day and that means that it’s founder number three, director Timo Müller’s, turn in our festive series. Timo and lingoking Timo is responsible for read more…

How do lingokings celebrate Christmas? Part 2: Christian, our CTO

Christmas is coming closer and closer. Most of us won’t yet be through with the task of finding and buying presents but have probably already given in to the temptations of gingerbread and mulled wine. Last week we reported on the holiday habits of Uno, our CCO, and today it’s our pleasure to continue our Advent series with lingoking’s CTO, Christian Koch. This much we can already tell you: he’s read more…

Bonzur, ki maniere? – The Creole Languages

They are called Gullah, Kreol morisien, Ngola, Chabacano, Nubi, Negerhollands or Unserdeutsch and are as varied as the languages out of which they emerged. We’re talking about Creole languages! Who speaks them? Where are they spoken? How did they develop? Come with us this week on an expedition into the world of these exciting languages!

How do lingokings celebrate Christmas? Part 1: Uno, our CCO

It’s getting colder outside, the Christmas markets have opened their gates, the scent of mulled wine, cinnamon and chocolate wafts through the streets and Christmas lights illuminate our minds. We’ve thought up a treat for this very special time. In a nod to the Advent wreath, we’d like to invite you into the Advents of our founders, who will each present their personal Christmas celebrations. Uno and lingoking Uno Jüngling-Colic read more…