Doing business internationally is paved with unique challenges and sometimes we forget how important it is to be clear in our communications. The choice of language is an obvious issue to deal with, yet cultural differences, etiquette, norms and traditions can also have a direct influence on how well your message is received.
Dutch or Flemish
It is all too easy to assume that communication is going to be easy in countries so close to home. This is particularly true for the Benelux, which is clearly an important gateway into Europe for UK businesses. Admittedly, the level of English in these regions is high, but there is a very distinct difference between having a valuable conversation at a networking event, and being able to promote your products and services in a foreign country. When doing business in the Benelux for example, it is important to be aware of the local linguistic divides and the fact that Dutch and Flemish are two distinct languages.
Business can be a minefield at the best of times, why let language be a barrier? Contact the experts at English Services.
At English Services we want to help all of our customers succeed in their international ambitions. We can ensure that legal agreements are just as airtight in a second or third language as they are in the original. We can help you translate and adapt your marketing presentations, your brochures, websites, technical documentation, packaging, certificates and informal communication. Each type of text involves a very different process, and deserves professional support.
Don’t underestimate the power of language, and don’t hesitate to call us for help and advice
When you forget to consult a language expert, you’re selling yourself short.
English Services is a translation company based in the Netherlands offering high-quality language services specialised in translations from and into Dutch.
The company was founded by Ilse van den Meijdenberg, who herself is a speaker of Dutch and English, and an expert in Anglo-Dutch business and international communication. Ilse is also the founder of UK meets NL, which helps UK companies set up business in the Netherlands and vice versa and is the Chair of IoD Netherlands.