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Business English: Finding your professional voice in a second language is tricky.

With our training and consulting services, we can help you find your voice and improve the quality of your English communication. We'll think along with you and help you develop the skills you need to tell your story in clear, compelling, native-sounding English that enhances your company’s professional image.



We know what it's like to be multi-lingual but still get stuck and not be able to find the right words fast enough.

Our group courses give your team the practice they need to improve grammar accuracy, build vocabulary and develop self-confidence.


Participants tell us that they immediately feel more effective in their communication and more like themselves.  Not only does this improve image, it enhances job satisfaction and performance!

Courses are available for groups of two to eight (workshops can hold more).


We can meet in-person at your office, online via Zoom/Teams or both.

Training is divided into modules that consist of fourteen or twenty 90-minute sessions. Dates and times are flexible and based on your schedule!

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Perhaps you'd prefer more individualized training to help you boost your Business English proficiency.


If so, we offer one-on-one English courses based entirely on your own particular communication needs and language goals.


That flexibility means that we can adapt your training as needed. For example, one week we may want to focus on a big presentation you have coming up so you can practice your language and delivery. During the next session, we may focus on building vocabulary and improving key grammar skills.  

Training is  divided into modules of fourteen or twenty 90-minute sessions.


Sessions may be at your location and/or online and may be planned in advance or weekly, as your schedule allows.




Our "strippenkaart" is a flexible voucher that you or anyone on your team can use for English training and/or consulting services.

Hours are totally flexible -- you may wish to use 30 minutes one week and 90 minutes another week. Whatever works for you!

To give you an idea of what can be done with a voucher, clients often request help with:

Targeted training to improve speaking, writing, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, self-confidence

Pitches, proposals, reports, website text, ad copy, LinkedIn profiles, CVs, emails

Presentation/speech writing

Feedback on text and presentations


Translation and editing to reduce "Dunglish" and be more native-sounding;


Writing English text “from scratch”.


After working for years in sales and marketing in the US and the Netherlands, I started Common Link English Language Training in 2003. It became the perfect way for me to combine my business experience with my passion for language: helping non-native speakers improve their skills and feel great about using English at work!

I've trained hundreds of Dutch business executives and have taught thousands of international business undergraduate students. But every day, I still find new and exciting ways to help my clients find their voice.


I'm grateful for the chance to do work I love!

Kathy Czako, Zaanstad

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Following a few series of training courses with Kathy has taken my (business) English to the next level. I've always thought my English was good enough, but Kathy's training helped me realize and fill in some key gaps.

-- R.S., IT Management

Being a native English speaker and having lived in the Netherlands for a long time, Kathy is very knowledgeable about the typical pitfalls of her Dutch clients. She is completely dedicated, and, in a very kind and positive way, persistent in helping improve her students’ English to a high level of proficiency. 


-- N.K., Learning and Development Management

The English@Work classes boost your confidence speaking English in a working environment. Cathy is a skilled English teacher always looking for better ways to improve your English. 

-- J.M., Docent, Conflict and Crisis Management

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Zaanstad, The Netherlands

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