English vs Dutch

We have been following a Prince 2 Foundation course (exam will be soon). It was three days, with twee weeks between each day. Our Kiev-based colleague Dima also attanded the course. But he could not make it for the second day.

Alexander described in on of his posts that it’s important to select the correct language. And indeed in an internation group of people you should talk a language that everybody (or as much people as possible) speak, to save on translation costs. So we also did that during our course. The first and third day were in English. But the second day was in Dutch.

To my big surprise the second day was easier to complete than the other days. It’s not because of our understanding of the English language, because everybody talks English on a daily base, sometimes entire days (for example when being at foreign customers, or at off-shore teams). The manual is also in English, which even makes the understanding of terminology more logical in English. But I guess talking a foreign language means everything is going a bit slower, and you need more focus, which is taking more energy.