October 12, 2018 by Iván

Día de la Hispanidad: origins of this celebration

  Today, the 12th day of October is the most important day for all Spanish speaking countries together: the Hispanic Day (Día de la Hispanidad). As we already posted back in 2015 and 2016, today isn´t only Spain´s National Day, but also a public holiday in other Spanish speaking countries. Why ? First, we would […]

February 12, 2017 by Boris

The highest note to end the Year of the Monkey

Even in our young history, it already has become a tradition and a way of leading our company by being as transparent as possible, means sharing news and updates with you our friends, students and followers!   Hence, it is this time my turn to briefly summarise the amazing and very eventful last year of […]

December 25, 2016 by Iván

Christmas traditions around the world

As Christmas have arrived, we´d like to share with you some particular celebrations that most of you might not be aware of, happening in those countries represented by the languages we teach here at EIL: Spanish speaking countries During the previous and Christmas days, nativity scenes are not only put up at homes but also […]

November 7, 2016 by Iván

SIELE: A New Official Spanish Foreign Language Diploma

On 21st November, Cervantes Institute of Beijing will launch a new Spanish language certification focused on “Universal Spanish”, called SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española; in English: International Assessment Service for the Spanish Language). This new test is taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) structure and score system […]

October 21, 2016 by Boris

Language Evolution in times of Whatsapp & Co

As linguists at EIL, our whole team is confronted every day with language evolution in modern times by the ways of modern technology. With this little post, I would like to share our first hand experience at EIL when it comes to language evolution in times where technology progresses faster than ever. But, I would […]

September 10, 2016 by Iván

Happy Teachers’ Day

Today is Hong Kong’s teachers’ day. This day is a regional tribute that a country or region pays to its educators. That’s the reason why it’s celebrated on different dates around the world (so don’t mix it up with world’s teacher day on Oct 5th). Education is a very special work field. And the teachers […]

May 13, 2016 by Iván

Quantity vs. Quality

At EIL we love technology. Both, my partner Boris and I, try to get the most of it in order to maximise our productivity and, therefore, run the company we love the most efficient possible way. Despite the fact that I’m a tech-nerd and, thus, take advantage of a wide range of features from different […]

March 9, 2016 by Boris


Firstly, I would like to thank this excellent little video on TEDEd “The benefits of a bilingual brain – Mia Nacamulli” which kind of inspired me to write this little post about bilingualism as myself, living abroad for several years already could occasionally even identify myself as trilingual – being native German, very fluent in […]

December 29, 2015 by Iván

A year that ends… and more to come

  Dear friends, it’s been quite a while since our last post. Many events have happened during that time keeping us busy, which we’ll happily would like to share in retrospective with you: – In August we received the keys of our new premises in Hennessy Road (Wan Chai) and soon after, renovation works began. […]

July 6, 2015 by Boris

German Idioms

After I recently changed the cover photo of my private Facebook account to the one you can see below, I was very positively surprised by the feedback of my friends. In total, my friends commented with literal translations of around 40 more or less commonly used German idioms. This led me to write this little […]