Published: 16 Oct 12 14:14 CET | Print version
Since 1987 the company behind the German capital's linguistic fair has been celebrating the diversity of language and culture.
Company name: ICWE GmbH, Expolingua Berlin
Interviewee: Silke Lieber
What is the background to Expolingua? The actual idea for Expolingua was conceived over 25 years ago. We were fascinated by the idea of Europe and its multilingualism. We wanted to create a space for a German event, which features a large marketplace for linguistic diversity, language and cultural professionals. People with language skills were open to the world that we wanted to promote. Therefore, we started a linguistic fair in 1987, first in Frankfurt and later in Berlin, after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
What's the nicest thing a customer has ever said about your fair? Can I please come and work for you?
If your company was a colour what would it be and why? All the colours of a rainbow, as they reflect the variety of languages we cover and the cultural bridges we build.
If I contact your company's office will your staff be able to speak English with me? Each and every one of them – some of them are native speakers while others have nice accents from various countries, such as Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia and yes, Germany.
What's the strangest request you have ever had? Whether we can offer multicultural, multilingual dating
What is your biggest-selling product? Diversity! A highlight of this year's cultural program tis going to be Gayle Tufts, who is not a product, of course, but a great example to demonstrate language versatility.
What is your coolest product? The coolest “thing” I’ve ever produced is my daughter. She watches videos in Spanish and wants me to read her children books in English. Otherwise I think we pretty much rock anything, so it depends what you’re interested in. But if I had to pick something it would be the mini-language courses.
Article sponsored by Expolingua Berlin
Expolingua Berlin 2012 runs from October 26-28
External link: Expolingua Berlin 2012 »
French President Francois Hollande, attending the 150th anniversary celebrations of Germany's Social Democratic Party on Thursday, praised the unpopular welfare and labour reforms by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. READ () »
Much of Germany is heading for an autumnal weekend, with chilly temperatures an at times significant rainfall – just as May draws to an end and socks should be heading for the back of the drawer. Some areas will even see snow and frost. READ () »
A group of brewers has raised alarm that so-called 'fracking' for natural gas could jeopardize the legendary purity of German beer by contaminating the country's water supplies. READ () »
The German language has some rather colourful terms for describing parts of the human body. Turn to The Local List this week for a few anatomical alternatives. READ () »
Healthy dogs have wet noses, but cold and creamy canine noses may be a sign that they've been treated to a doggy frozen yoghurt made in Berlin. Rather than chocolate or pistachio, flavours include salmon and beef. READ () »
Germany is the most popular country in the world, according to a poll released on Tuesday asking people to rate the positive and negative influence of 16 major nations. READ () »
A hamstring injury has ruled Borussia Dortmund's Germany midfield star Mario Götze out of Saturday's Champions League final at Wembley against Bayern Munich – the club he will join next month after activating a release clause in his contract. READ () »
The small population of grey seals on the Baltic Sea has increased significantly, with hopes rising that they may start breeding soon, conservationists reported on Wednesday. READ () »
880 jobs available
561 new jobs this week
0 new jobs today
Register now for:
> Free use of noticeboard
> Special discounts
> Weekly news roundup
> Unlimited use of discuss