1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
I'm a mining engineer with traumatic experiences in languages. Only after I learned Frisian for my study, I discovered it could be fun to learn (and speak!)a new language. When I lived in New York (1990), I found a note from someone who wanted to learn Dutch. I reacted and I liked it a lot. I started my own company not long after, and I did a lot of research about how to learn a language in an effective way while having fun. When I returned to the Netherlands, I started looking for a "real" job in my field, but somebody had heard about my teaching experience and wanted to have Dutch lessons with me. And I'm still teaching, I will never stop ;-)
2. What is your company's mission?
Learn useful Dutch fast while having fun in a brain friendly way.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Tailored Immersion Courses for small groups with or without theme. (Themes for a.o. dentists, adoption, au pairs, journalists, business people, artists, sport lovers, health freaks, horse lovers).
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
My name is Sylvia Clements, I'm the founder of M05499. I am a mining engineer. I used to hate languages at school. I did do a lot of research about learning styles, brain, teaching methods etc. and found out that there is not just 1 method for everyone. So I learned to use many teaching methods, and I decide which one to use after an intake. I have been teaching ever after graduating from university.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Total Immersion Level 1: learn the basics of Dutch in a small group. Hard work, but feels like vacation as well, because of all the little trips & walks.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
That one of my former clients who participated in the language course for a journalists exchange is now my colleague for the same program once a year because she liked it so much. I still remember that she came to me on the first day: how will I remember all those new words? A year later, she passed the highest exam.
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