Culture and language camp – 2014

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Kids living in Hungary – get together! Would you like to meet Hungarian students and learn more about Hungarian culture? Are you interested in learning and practising the Hungarian language with Hungarian kids? Are you looking for local friends? Come to our summer camp, where you can improve your conversational skills through structured speaking games and your vocabulary through thematic reading activities. In the afternoons you will work together with Hungarian students on language projects and take part in joint activities. If you are looking for friends and some fun for the summer, apply now! Venue: a fully equipped classroom in Nyugati tér, above Alexandra bookstore. The lessons will be held every day between 9 am and 5 pm with a lunchbreak. The duration of the camp: 5 days (from Monday to Friday) Age groups: 7-10 10-14 14-18 Camp dates in 2014: 23 – 27 June 21 – 25 July 4 – 8 August 25 – 29 August Registration deadline for each date: 15th of June 7th of July 21st of July 11th of August Advance payment deadline in 2014: 19th of June 14th of July 28th of July 18th of August Price: 45 000 HUF (lunch included), 39 000 HUF (without lunch) (both prices include a museum entrance fee) Advance payment (50%) is required by bank transfer If you bring a friend, you will get a 10% discount. To register, please send us an email here including your name and age (subject: Summer camp) and we will send you a language test and registration form....

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With a little help

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Have you ever had a brilliant idea that you discussed with your partner, family or friends and then the following morning thought it was silly so you let it go with an embarrassed smile? Have you ever thought about what life you might be living had you realised these crazy ideas? You might have visited a lot of exciting places, may be organising fancy dress parties and film clubs; you could be running a café in town, writing a blog about your travels or teaching housewives to cook, and you may even have completed your first children’s book. Napoleon Hill says “A goal is a dream with a deadline”. So all you have to do is set a date for your café opening and make a plan that you follow step by step to realise your dream. You will need a lot of great ideas, support and money, but basically this is how dreams are turned into reality. So why do so many dreams and plans get dumped? What gets in the way that stops us from taking action? The answer is that we are human. And humans have their past, bad experiences, fear of the future, the unknown and others’ opinions; your inner voices warn you that it might be ‘too hard, too expensive, not for you’ or ‘you’re not worth it’; and your sensible self reminds you that after all things are fine as they are. The moment you start dreaming your defence mechanism switches on and produces thoughts that oppress your dreams, so your plans are doomed to failure even before you acted on them. Given our human nature we find various ways to sabotage our own success. Create a badly structured goal and an insufficient plan and your dreams will inevitably be shattered. Thinking too much about your goal and the difficulties you may meet will also prove ‘you shouldn’t have done it in the first place’. Giving too little time and attention to planning, not considering obstacles and then giving up when meeting the first one will not work either. Do not expect success if it makes you anxious, if you fear failure, if you do not feel you are worthy or think you are selfish for chasing your own dreams; you cannot succeed if you believe the voices from the past that say you have never made it and this time is going to be no different. So what to do then? Peel off your human skin, forget who you have been, plan carefully and simply do it? It is not that simple and not that impossible either. The key is to have the courage to ask for help. You are not on this Earth together with so many others to have to realise your dreams alone.  Ask for help. Ask someone to help you who knows how goals must be defined and plans built; someone who will help you to maintain the initial excitement and enthusiasm so it does not evaporate after a good night’s sleep; someone who can help you conquer your fears and past failures and find in you what...

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At my age

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in News | 0 comments

I was proudly telling my friends that I had started to learn another language. I had been dreaming about it for a good while but had always had an excuse: lack of time, my schedule was too flexible for regular classes, and I did not really need it anyway. Finally I took the plunge and – although only through a mobile application – I started to learn French. Suddenly a friend of mine asked a question I had not expected. ‘Can you still learn at this age?’ I took a deep breath to get over the comment on my age and then remembered the questions and worries I hear every day from adult language learners. Do I still have a chance to learn English? Do you know a method for oldies like me? I can’t learn as easily as I used to… Learning German was so easy and English is a struggle. I don’t have time to study, so there’s no point in going to class. My brain won’t take in any more. I’m studying with my daughter but she’s making much more progress. Learning as an adult is definitely more of a challenge, but it is not a matter of brain capacity. Think back to your childhood. What was your primary and most important job? To study. Besides that you had to attend extra classes and training and choir, and then you had to hang out with friends and laugh a lot. Sometimes you had to clean your room and go to bed in time. It was much easier to focus your energies on learning as there were significantly fewer issues diverting your attention. (And still it was inevitable sometimes…) As an adult, however, your brain never stops dealing with tasks at work, family matters, what to make for dinner, what to buy for your kid’s birthday, where to go on holiday, how to find time to go to the dentist, and the list never ends. 20-30 years after school you are just as capable of learning as you used to be, but the load of information you are exposed to divides your attention to such an extent that a 90-minute language class can easily go to waste. Learning requires certain conditions to be present. You need to have a strong intention, maximum motivation, undivided attention and you must feel the information is relevant, important and useful for you. If you think about it, school learning was not entirely successful either. Did you ever check how much you remembered after the day of a test? And a year after your final exams? It is not only attitude and attention that affect your ability to process information, but emotions aroused by people around you. If you learn a language because not speaking it threatens your job, position or future, fear in your brain will steal energy from mapping new information. You might also build resistance to learning from the insecurity of not knowing when you will be able to speak at the level you need to or not even knowing what level that is; or the fact that your...

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Christmas greetings

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in News | 0 comments

I wish you all a wonderful, peaceful and merry Christmas! Zsofi...

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The coaching net

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Coaching is becoming more and more popular and still many are not aware of what issues are worth finding a coach for. The problems are of all kinds and the market offers various solutions for them. As everyone is different, everyone needs a different method. Hence the refreshingly wide range of options to choose from. Let us look at a few interesting areas where coaching can serve as a novel tool for the general public, providing lifelong solutions. Given the many areas of life, coaches normally specialise in a field, although life coaching is also common. If interested in issues of learning a foreign language, career changes and relocation and expatriation, go to avantcoaching.hu to find more information. In this article I am going to look at health, retirement and stress and how a coach could help with any problems arising in these areas. Health Wellness hotels, fitness clubs, dietary books and courses and health events are enjoying great popularity. People are obviously looking for physical and mental balance. Some find it immediately, others may keep experimenting with various methods. Every day you meet people on a constant diet and suffering yo-yo effects whose wellbeing and mood are influenced by the results of the latest diet and whose days are constantly overshadowed by failure and guilt. Wellness coaches can help you achieve sustainable change by helping to adopt a new lifestyle. As you know, it is all in the brain, and this is how you decide to build and define a new life and personality. As a result of a successful coaching process, not only will you lose weight and become fitter, but you will notice an increased energy level, better mood and a feeling of control over your life and health. Retirement Retirement brings one of the biggest changes in life. All of a sudden the most defining role you have had for a long time vanishes and the next day you do not wake up as the general manager, the assistant, the finance director but ‘only’ as a pensioner, a parent or grandparent. Your daily routine turns upside down, and what sounded like attractive peace and quiet before turns into a frustrating feeling of helplessness and uselessness. You have to find something to replace the 8-10 hours of work each day which is also feasible under your new financial circumstances. Not everyone is able to design a new, retired identity, plan a new daily, weekly or yearly routine and identify with the new role. You can save a lot of worries and frustration if you start to build new relationships, lifestyle and roles towards the end of your working career. It is easy to fall into the trap of giving yourself a short break after 40-50 years of hard work and then waking up one day realising you are still on a break and living the same life as before, except for the hours spent working, the fun enjoyed at the workplace and the social contacts. Being coached will help you redefine yourself, build up your new routine and identity and live a different but just as...

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What do you like?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Following my latest post ‘A different perspective’ I had discussions with friends about what we like about living in Hungary, what it is that keeps us here and makes us happy. Here is a short questionnaire that will help us find out. It is aimed at anyone who lives or has lived in Hungary and is above 18. Simply copy the link below in your browser to take part in the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6F28KJG I really appreciate your help!

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