Offerte di lavoro a Londra


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Ciao Amici,

Oggi ho deciso di regalarvi questa piccola ricerca per quelli che stanno cercando lavoro a Londra. Spero vi possa essere utile. In bocca al lupo!

Franco Manca Bermondsey cerca camerieri e cameriere http://www.francomanca.co.uk/restaurants/bermondsey-street/

Big Easy a Canary Wharf cerca camerieri/e e runners http://canarywharf.com/eating-drinking/directory/big-easy/

Bodean’s BBQ a Balham cerca un cameriere/a full time £7.50 a £8.50 l’ora secondo l’esperienza. E’ richiesto inglese 100% fluente. http://www.bodeansbbq.com/site/balham

Salt and peppers http://saltandpepperevents.co.uk/jobs.html cerca event staff per party privati ed eventi. Richiesto inglese fluente, due anni nel settore dell’ospitalità e flessibilità.

Il frontline Club e’ un media club che cerca camerieri/e paga £7.50 £8 all’ora http://www.frontlineclub.com/restaurant/ contatto Ian.

Pubblicherò più opportunità anche domani e i prossimi giorni. Seguite il blog!

Ciao da Raffaella a Londra dal 95′

Orientamento corsi di inglese, IELTS, Cambridge, business, campus, adulti, ragazzi, bambini a partire dai 3 anni. Consigli su scuole private internazionali. Contattatemi a raffaella@languagesalive.com

 

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Tutto sul National Insurance No


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La primissima cosa da fare appena giunti a Londra, sia che i motivi siano di lavoro e sia di studio, è quella di procurarsi il famoso NIN (National Insurance Number), un codice alfanumerico di 9 grafemi, che potrebbe essere paragonato al nostro codice fiscale in quanto ci identifica legalmente. È necessario dunque per lavorare (ci garantisce che tasse e contribuiti siano versati senza problemi o dal nostro datore di lavoro, se ne abbiamo uno, o volontariamente, se lavoriamo in proprio), ma anche per chiedere benefits e prestiti per studenti, per ottenere servizi sanitari e per poter riscuotere in futuro la nostra pensione.

Ottenerlo è molto semplice. Bisogna chiamare il Job Centre Plus al numero 0345 600 0643, dal lunedì al venerdì dalla 8:00 alle 18:00 e fissare un appuntamento. Nota bene che non si può chiamare questo numero dall’estero, dunque per chiamare dobbiamo procurarci prima una tessera telefonica inglese. Il colloquio telefonico consiste in domande molto semplici necessarie a identificarci, quindi se si è al momento in UK, dati personali, indirizzo inglese (se non se ne ha uno fisso, è possibile comunicarne uno qualsiasi; si potrà cambiare in seguito l’indirizzo), data di arrivo in UK e perché si vuole ottenere il NIN. Dopodiché, ci verrà dato un appuntamento per un colloquio di persona, che servirà a verificare la nostra identità, nella sede più vicina a dove viviamo (ce ne sono tre: una a Camden, una a Whitechapel e l’altra a Tooting) e ci spediranno a casa una lettera con l’indirizzo di questo job centre come conferma. La telefonata è a pagamento, dunque è fondamentale essere chiari e concisi se non vogliamo finire tutti i soldi nella carta.

Durante il colloquio ci verranno richieste più o meno le stesse cose e verrà verificata la veridicità dei nostri documenti, dunque non vanno dimenticati assieme alla lettera del datore di lavoro e del contratto, se si lavora già, o a quella delle agenzie di reclutamento, se non si ha ancora un lavoro.

I tempi di attesa per avere il nostro NIN variano da 3 a 6 settimane. Non è necessario averlo per iniziare a lavorare, ma basterà comunicare al proprio datore di lavoro che se ne è stata fatta richiesta. Se questo periodo viene superato conviene chiamare e domandare se è stato già spedito o meno. Una volta ricevuto, si consiglia di scrivere il NIN da qualche parte perché non è necessario avere la carta plastificata, ma semplicemente conoscere il proprio numero. Se lo si perde, si può cercarlo in documenti come il P60 o una busta paga oppure, in casi più estremi, bisognerà compilare il form CA5403 che verrà recapitato automaticamente all’HMRC.

Articolo scritto dalla nostra collaboratrice Maria Paola Fortuna

Informazioni anche riguardo corsi di inglese e accesso alle universita’. Scriveteci a raffaella@languagesalive.com o commentate qui sotto. Grazie

 

 

The stages towards biculturality


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Alder(1975) further develops Oberg’s framework and approaches culture shock in a neutral manner rather than in a negative one. He describes the initial contact as the “the honeymoon” stage when the visitor experiences the curiosity and the enthusiasm of a tourist, but maintains their identity which is still well rooted in their cultural settings. The second stage includes the removal of the familiar cues, and the individual has to respond to the new requirements of the host culture. It is in this stage that the individual experiences self-blame and a sense of frustration for not being able to cope well with difficulties encountered. The third stage involves the reintegration of new cues and an increased ability to deal with daily life activities. The feelings associated with this stage are anger and resentment as the individual perceives the new culture as the root of the problems they have been forced to cope with. The fourth stage is when the reintegration continues. In this stage the individual continues to work towards a gradual autonomy and is able to recognise the good and the bad aspect of both cultures. It is when a more balanced view is achieved. The fifth stage is when supposedly the individual is totally confident in dealing with both cultures and therefore, has achieved biculturality of the old and new culture. However, there is some controversy over whether it would ever be possible to achieve this stage.

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Support my cause: teaching language and cooking to underprivileged children for free


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Hello folks,

Here is an unusual post. Since I have started my business, I always dreamt of teaching underprivileged children for free. However, I have so far been able to carry out my classes only in wealthy schools and families who could pay a modest price. In fact, my classes are not expensive, however, poor schools could not even meet the £8 per pupil. I am asking for your help to finance the language and cooking clubs in London UK and surroundings. Your help will cover the cost of ingredients, equipment and tutors. We do not need a kitchen as the classes include only food preparation and a language among Italian, Spanish or French. Please see an example click here to see our video

In return you will get one of our exciting offers such as private Italian and cooking classes please go to get to know more about this project and how you can help.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/602263177/cooking-and-language

I would be most grateful if you could make a pledge even a little one could help.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions at raffaella@languagesalive.com

Many thanks

Raffaella

You can if you want – Best ways to pick up a new language


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Despite the fact children are better language learners than adults, there is still hope for us to become fluent in another language. In most cases our brain won’t respond as a native speaker like brain, but neither the brain of three year old children will.

Past puberty (this is what the majority of researcher agree upon) our brain doesn’t absorb a new language as it would if we were 6 or 8 years old. However, there is still a chance for adults to become bilingual or multilingual or at least fluent.

We often hear talking about the best ways to learn a language, however, nobody talks about a vital factor that is the first factor which determines language attainment. I am talking about Language Aptitude which is a particular intelligence strictly linked to language learning. Certain individuals have higher levels than others so we could say “they are more talented”.

However, forget about picking up a new language if you do not have motivation, the second best factor which determines language achievement. You could be interested in learning because you like the language, therefore we talk about intrinsic motivation or you need to learn a new language for work, holidays etc. so we talk about extrinsic motivation.

Now that you are motivated, do not let language anxiety get you. Researches have pinpointed this particular anxiety which could affect the learning process negatively. Nevertheless, other researchers believe it could serve as a stimuli to improve learning. The matter is still controversial.

Now you are wondering which is the best way to learn?

1) To acquire new vocabulary just read read and read if you are beginner start from children’s books. Learning a bunch of isolated words won’t get you anywhere.

2) Improve your listening skills by watching the news, listening to music or  watch tv programs you like.

3) Speak speak speak, surround yourself with people ideally native speakers, travel to the target country as much as possible, however, if you live in a big city it is likely a community of the target language exist. Learn from them, absorb their culture.

4) Once you start, train your brain in thinking in the new language, talk to yourself in the language you learning, maybe not out loud lol.

5) Be gentle with yourself, but always believe you will make it, maybe slowly but surely. To speed up the process you could join a group or to make it even faster choose private tuition they are the quickest way to learn according to your needs.

So what are you waiting for? A new exciting challenge is waiting for you!

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Happy New Year to everyone, especially bloggers, see you in 2015


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Go beyond language, discover Italian culture.


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Culture diversity

Introduction

Italy is made of 20 regions; each one has its traditions, customs, traditional food and even dialects. Moreover, there is also a big difference in climate, with Northern Italy being colder during winter and Central and South enjoying mild winters.

Food and cooking

Even though each region varies so much, it can be said that they all have something in common when it comes to cooking. Indeed, all the traditional food is made with fresh ingredients, which guarantees a healthy nutrition for adults and children alike. The most traditional dishes are parmigiana aubergines, lasagna, gnocchi, cannelloni, pizza of course, fettuccine, and many more hailing from each region. As per desserts, we find the popular tiramisu, ciambellone the favourite Grandma s cake, ideal for the afternoon snack (merenda), strufoli, crostata (tart), panna cotta and many more. Eating is a big part of the Italian culture with people enjoying going out for a meal or staying at home and inviting friends for dinner. Drinking is mostly conceived as a complement to food and rarely people drink alcohol without eating.

 Cultural Values

The most important value in Italy is Family. Personal relations are scrupulously maintained with loyalty in the family and in the work environment. As per family, young people are encouraged by their parents to stay home as long as possible as especially mothers cannot conceive their children living in a separate accommodation. It must be said that the economic environment does not facilitate the moving. However, young people enjoy staying at home, they usually do not contribute to the expenses and their mother does all the house work. Only when they marry young people move out. However, it is a common practice to stay in a separate apartment in the parents’ house. The mother in law has a strong power towards their daughter in law and male Italians have dependent relationships with their own mother. That is why we usually refer to them as mammoni. As per work, people tend to stay in the same job for many years; they value their employer and establish loyal relationships with them.  However, the mentality of the job for life impedes self-development and does not improve the quality of work as especially in public posts where people assume a lying back attitude, neglecting their work duties.

Next business etiquette.

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