We understand that international businesses need to communicate with partner offices, suppliers and customers around the world and that language excellence gives you the edge over your competitors. Likewise, clear, accurate translations and copy-editing ensure that your message is understood by your audience. And when you trust us with your copywriting, we’ll work with you to create content that is informative, engaging, authoritative and persuasive.
Our company was founded to meet the need for a more personalised, flexible and creative approach to language services. Our name is inspired by the view from our co-working space beside the breathtaking Lac Leman, a hub of Swiss life that connects multi-cultural communities and people.
We support local and international organisations to communicate effectively in French, English and German by providing flexible language services and responsive copywriting, editing and translation services to meet their unique business needs. Our language training makes sure each student’s language needs and learning preferences are met while building confidence and having a ball along the way!
During the coronavirus lockdown when in-person classes were on hold, we faced the challenge of supporting our students with online learning without losing our personalised approach. We responded by developing a flexible blended language learning programme with oral lessons via Zoom, which has been so popular, especially with learners who travel for work, that the programme is now a permanent language service.
Leman Language Services is committed to supporting you.
We inspire and help you to achieve your language goals and become a more effective communicator, so you can reach your full potential as an individual or as part of a successful organisation.
Our business is built on five key values that we believe are essential to earning your trust and delivering excellent service.
We put people first
We value your individual approach to learning, supporting you to build on your strengths and overcome any learning barriers to achieve your language goals. We support our team too, so they thrive in their work and give you their best.
We believe that learning languages opens doors and opportunities. This is why we inspire you to express yourself and enjoy the fascinating experience of other cultures through language – whether through travel, at work or within your community.
We share knowledge and skills to find creative solutions. We encourage clients to work together too, learning from each other in an inspiring and enjoyable environment. When we work together, we can achieve remarkable results.
We never compromise quality. We are dedicated to helping you achieve excellence in language skills and business communication, based on our exceptional language and business expertise.
Supporting young people
We have a social responsibility focus to provide scholarships for young women and girls giving them opportunities for learning that enables them to transform their communities.
How Can We Help You?
We help you become a better communicator in your professional and social life. Whether you want to find your feet in your new job or local community, or you need more advanced language training or services, we support you all the way.
Imagine doing business, living abroad or travelling the world and speaking the language!
Are you looking to improve your French to be more effective at work or feel more at home in your Swiss-French community? Do you or your employees need French training to pass the FIDE examination for permit renewal? Or perhaps you’re planning to take a study a programme in French and need to get up to speed
or you simply relish the challenge of learning a new language! Find out how you can improve your communication skills with French Training and flourish in your professional and personal life. Our friendly trainers make learning fun too!
Do you want to feel more confident in your work environment and improve your career prospects with international companies? Maybe you are a manager aware that your team’s performance is affected by their ability to communicate with colleagues in multinational companies? We provide business English training to improve competence and confidence in the workplace as well as
general English training to help you fully express yourself in everyday situations. If you’re looking for one-to-one or small classes to help your child develop their English language skills, we teach English at all levels, from beginner to advanced. As an accredited centre, we prepare your child for the Cambridge English examinations, which helps them study or work in an English-speaking country or take a course in Switzerland taught in English.
We love helping people become better communicators! Find out how our flexible English Training programmes can help you, your family or your team.
LLS Babbel Language Programme
Whatever your reasons for improving your language skills, a course that fits your lifestyle, your goals, and the way you learn best will help you succeed. If you travel or work or you have a busy schedule that makes attending classes difficult, online training can be an ideal solution when you need flexibility. But a setback with some online
courses is that you miss out on a student community. Learning is so much easier when you have a peer group and trainers to keep you motivated!
We have developed a flexible and supported learning programme with you in mind. Find out more about our LLS Babbel Language Programme.
Are you a small business ready to attract a wider customer base? We provide translation with a twist! Our professional translators translate your website from French into English and/or German, then our native-speaking writers review the copy. We find the right words to convey your industry terminology and business
proposition clearly and convincingly, making sure your copy connects with your target language audience. This thorough approach retains the nuances often lost in standard translations. We also translate texts, job or university applications and other communications.
Find out more about how we can help you reach a wider audience with our Translation service.
Is your communication reaching your audience with the results you want? Your website can be the first chance to make an impression. We write copy that makes it easy for visitors to find information and persuades them to use your services, buy your products or support your organisation.
Through your blog or e-newsletter, you can establish your business as the go-to expert by solving a problem or providing information. You can also share industry and company news to keep customers in the loop. Eye-catching brochures and flyers with clear, concise, relevant copy show that you understand your customer’s problems or interests. We help you promote your business to your target audience.
Find out more about how we can help you with our creative Copywriting service.
Copy-Editing and Proofreading
Is your copy reflecting the high standards of your business? Your written communication can put your reputation on the line with potential customers, suppliers, employers, publishers or examiners. We make sure that your ideas flow, your message is clear and your copy is free from errors. We make sure that your copy hits home.
Find out more about how we can help you with our professional Copy-Editing and Proofreading service.
Are you running around in circles with administrative tasks that take you away from areas of your business you enjoy or from turning ideas for growth into actions? Whether you need administrative assistance for a few hours a day, once a week or as a one-off, our experienced team will support you with human
resources services, client communications, digital marketing, transcription, invoice follow-up, printing, expat assistance, lifestyle management and personal errands.
Find out more about how we can help you with our flexible Virtual Assistance service.
Why Work With Us?
Our clients may have different backgrounds, cultures, ages and language needs, but they share the desire to learn and to work with us. From Switzerland and across the world, we’re a mixed bunch too, but we share this approach in supporting you:
✔ Can-do creatives – finding creative solutions for every problem
✔ Collaborative – working with you and each other to achieve the results you want
✔ Responsive – responding to you quickly and positively
✔ Inclusive – bringing diverse people together through language
✔ Energetic – bringing our passion and excitement into daily work
✔ Community focus – supporting you to integrate and experience Swiss life beyond work
✔ International outlook – being a Swiss company with a global vision for learning and communication
What people say about working with us
Learning and practicing French in my own time anywhere and with a flexible coach works well for me.
-- JOY-EVA BOHOL --
Meet our Team
Lara Epiney Takache
Lara Epiney Takache is the founding director of Leman Language Services. Native speaker in English, French and Italian, Lara has lived and studied in the UK and
Switzerland, giving her insight into the cultures of both countries.
A specialist in English and French training and executive business English coaching, Lara has ten years’ experience in training professionals in multinational companies. She holds an MA in English, History of Religion, and Political Science from the University of Lausanne. Her language and teaching certification include the CELTA certificate (University of Cambridge), Executive Business Language Coaching (TLC, Baden) and the Adult Trainer Federal Certificate.
Lara thrives on supporting you to achieve your personal and professional goals. Using her communication and problem-solving skills and her experience in multicultural, international and multifaith contexts, Lara finds creative solutions to meet your objectives. With extensive experience in providing HR, event management, administration, marketing and communication services for NGOs and the education industry, Lara will manage your projects and create the best team to deliver what you need on time and within budget.
When she isn’t living and breathing Leman Language Services, Lara enjoys relaxing with her cats, walking by the lake in Montreux and swimming. While tempted to multi-task, for her cats’ sake, she avoids combining all three!
Senior English Trainer and Training Manager
Katie Lloyd is the senior trainer and training manager for Leman Language services. Born and raised in the UK, Katie finally settled in Switzerland in 2015 after living in France, Spain and Germany. She has been teaching English for 10 years to a wide
range of students including primary school children, teenagers, adults preparing to move abroad and even seniors.
Katie holds a Bachelor in French and Spanish and a DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), which is equivalent to an MA. Thanks to her DELTA experience Katie has recently taken on the role of training manager, which she thoroughly enjoys. She is now responsible for training staff, collaborating with management on projects and monitoring the quality of language training.
Katie is passionate about teaching English and loves seeing students of all language levels gain more confidence. She finds it especially rewarding when a student uses a new expression or grammar point correctly without realising they have mastered it. Katie likes to get to know you and create a tailored programme that considers your needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses – one that makes learning fun and interesting too.
Her top tip for learning a new language is to visit a country where they speak the language you are learning, watch TV or listen to the radio in English, go to language meetups or find a tandem partner.
Outside work, Katie loves nature and walking, so she is most likely to be found in a forest or up a mountain! She also enjoys cooking and trying new recipes even though she admits to not being very good. As with languages, practice makes perfect!
IT Manager and French Trainer
Born in Switzerland, Joanie Waelti studied English, journalism, communication and media at the University of Neuchâtel. With more than 17 years of experience in the
information technology sector, she is IT manager and webmaster at Leman Language Services.
Joanie has overseen communications for many companies, including their social media and digital marketing. She understands multicultural environments and is skilled in making information technology accessible to users in English and French. Joanie is experienced in managing business processes and work methods, implementing ITIL standards, and training employees in IT service management and the use of ITSM tools.
Joanie has also been teaching French for over five years. Whether you want to improve your French skills at work, take an exam or just learn for fun, Joanie is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Joanie likes to use plenty of examples, especially when teaching grammar. She loves drawing objects and scenarios to help you understand. Sharing her knowledge and seeing students make progress is a real driving force for Joanie. She especially enjoys seeing how happy students are when they have remembered something and realise that they are improving their skills.
Joanie’s top tip for learning a new language is: "Practice is the best teacher". With this in mind, you will have plenty of opportunities to practise with Joanie and other students in a friendly class or Zoom language café!
Outside work, the light of Joanie’s life is her puppy Zorra who cuddles up on the sofa to watch Grey's Anatomy and 9-1-1. Dogs really are our best friends!
Our university educated language trainers and executive business English coaches are certified in adult education. They all have a minimum of five years’ experience in teaching as well as business communication training. We provide our teachers with training where needed because we know that a valued and happy team deliver their best work for our clients.
Our professional translators translate into their native language. We offer translation into and from English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. They are specialists in their sectors, which include banking and finance, medical and pharmaceutical, legal, tourism and hospitality, watches and luxury goods.
Copywriters, Copy-Editors and Proofreaders
Our international copywriters, copy-editors and proofreaders are experienced in writing and editing government, NGO, and for-profit and non-profit business copy, specialising in these sectors: marketing, web design and content creation, PR and communications, media and publishing, film and music production, education, health and wellness, and sustainable living.
We can help you with a wide range of digital and print copywriting and copy-editing requirements, including presentations, speeches for congresses and conferences, newsletters, social media posts, reports, website copy, feature articles, blog posts, case studies, eBooks, printed books, LinkedIn profiles and CVs.
Our Swiss-based staff offering online administration in English and French have more than ten years’ experience working in administration and marketing services in corporate and non-profit sectors. With a passion for planning, organising and problem solving, our bilingual English-French virtual assistants can work in both languages to meet your business administration needs.
You're in good hands
AT LEMAN LANGUAGE SERVICES
We put you first with our personalised and flexible customer-focused service, working with you from initial discussion to project completion to make sure you are completely satisfied. Our dedication to your business is an investment in ours.
Leman Language Services is committed to supporting you. Get in touch today for a free no-obligation consultation and quote or to find out more about our first-rate language training and services.