Property Giant EcoHouse a True Multilingual Company

Property giant EcoHouse Group is a true multilingual compnay, not only is the company founder and CEO Anthony Armstrong Emery fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Married to a native Brazilian woman but many of the companies 1000 strong workforce is also multilingual.

With offices in the United Kingdom, Brazil, North America, Singapore, Malaysia and most recently China EcoHouse Group Global chief of operations Deen Bissessar has stated that it is a growing requirement for EcoHouse staff to in fact be fluent in more than their native tongue.

Not many companies can boast such an impressive collection of global offices so early in their life, EcoHouse are modest about their success in the world of property development but it’s easy to see that they are here to stay and could in fact expand to become on of the world largest property developers

Brazil is growing in importance in the world. Not only is it the fifth-largest country in land area but it’s also ( with 200 million people) fifth largest in population too. As well as all that, it’s now well into the top ten of GDP global economies. In fact in the last few years it’s fiercely contending with the UK for sixth place in that listing. International trade and investment by, with or in the south American giant is becoming much more significant than in previous times.

All this makes the country’s official language, Portuguese, of increasing importance on the world stage. However, it’s often surprising for people to learn that there are over two hundred other languages spoken in the country. One must remember though that because of Brazil’s size, location and self sufficiency in many ways, comparatively few people speak a non-Portuguese language fluently.

This is slowly changing with the growth of international commerce and communications but is still a small development. English and Spanish are widely taught in schools and colleges and in fact the former has now replaced the latter as the main secondary tongue among educated people. This is probably because of the size of the USA and British economies (and their trade with Brazil)on the one hand and the fact that Brazil is surrounded by Spanish-speaking neighbours and trading partners on the other.

Of the couple of hundred languages which are spoken in Brazil, the vast majority are actually indigenous but remember only about a quarter of a percent of the people actually speak any of them. These are nearly all Amerindian people who speak pre-Columbian tongues (or at least their descended languages). Before European explorers and settlers first came to the continent, it’s estimated that there were about one thousand local languages spoken by six million native Americans throughout the Brazil area.

Nowadays of course there are far fewer. Nowadays, far more Brazilians speak Spanish, Italian, German or French (or others of European origin) as a second language as well as the country’s main tongue, Portuguese. To quote just one example, it’s been estimated that over three hundred thousand German-sppeakers immigrated to Brazil from German, Austria, Switzerland and parts of Poland and the Volga region of Russia.

The secondary language patterns in Brazil are usually regional in character. Significant minorities from, say, Italy or Germany settled in coastal areas in the nineteenth century and later, particularly in the far south in the states of Rio Grande do Sul or Santa Catarina. To this day, though, ninety-nine percent of people in Brazil are more comfortable speaking Portuguese than anything else.

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EcoHouse Group and Education In Brazil Today

Judging by the country’s current GDP, Brazil nowadays is one of the world’s half-dozen most important economies. In fact, currently the country and the United Kingdom are competing for sixth place. During the last two years or so, sometimes one is slightly ahead and sometimes the other. Of course, given that Brazil has over three times the population of the UK, the actual GDP ‘per head’ is nowhere near as equal as the national raw totals might suggest. Despite Brazil’s big strides during this new century, the people and government admit there is much still to do. For one thing, a simple GDP measure at any time doesn’t present a whole picture of the country, its population, welfare, security and so on.

An important feature of any society is its Education system. This isn’t just linked to the economy of course but a whole host of other social aspects are relevant. Located on the a Minha Casa Minha Vida developement in North Brazil called Bosque is the Escola Elilde Armstrong, or Elilde Armstrong School, is a project that was set up by property developer EcoHouse Group in July 2013 to support company construction workers who missed out on the opportunity to receive a basic education.

In Brazil, Education is pretty highly developed as a series of connected structures and facilities. In the public system there are three basic levels of schooling. In many places voluntary pre-school education is also provided by local government. The first ‘main’ educational level though is the so-called ‘Fundamental’ stage, free and compulsory for everyone aged from 6 to 14. The fist part is ‘F 1 (Fundamental 1) and the second F2. The curriculum is balanced at this stage and includes Portuguese (Brazilian version of course), Maths, Science, Geography, History Arts and PE. English and Spanish (and sometimes French and German) are increasingly taught.

The next stage of public education, the Middle Schools (‘Ensino Medio’), are also free but are voluntary and so are the public Universities that follow them. At most places at each level, wearing of uniforms (in these or indeed the private schools that run in parallel) is widely expected.

Along with any other middle-economy country, education is developing but still has a number of deficiencies. This is particularly true when it comes to regional disparities. Improvements are currently steady but the complex interaction between the various levels of government can often slow things down.

As an absolute fundamental, basic numeracy and literacy for every adult is the social goal. Obviously much more than that is also required for many in the country, particularly in high-tech, engineering or financial areas. School and college curriculum development is constantly being refined to meet the needs of the economy for qualified young people. However, at all levels the Brazilian governing strata acknowledge that broader education is also vital, to match the aesthetic and cultural requirements of booth the individual and wider society.

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Mas Clarification Welcomed by EcoHouse

EcoHouse Group COO Deen Bissessar has responded positively to the announcement of the Monetary Authority of Singapore that the company has been placed on its Investor Alert List.

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EcoHouse group’s Casa Nova Green Development

The MAS website describes the nature of the list as providing ‘a listing of unregulated persons who, based on information received by MAS, may have been wrongly perceived as being licensed or authorised by MAS.

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Brics Bank will be established at Fortaleza Summit

Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to meet at summit in north east Brazil city with establishment of development bank main goal.


The five nations have reached a broad consensus on the foundation of the bank according to Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, who expects the development bank to be set up at the July 15 summit in Fortaleza, just an hour flight from EcoHouse Group’s developments.

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US Property Show ‘Investir USA Expo’ Makes Rio de Janeiro Debut

With more Brazilians than ever looking to buy real estate, the Investir USA Expo property show is coming to Rio de Janeiro for the first time.

The boutique property show will feature seminars by experts from in USA real estate opportunities, finance and taxation and present the best property opportunities across the United States. Particular attention is expected to be on the market in Florida, which has proved so popular that Brazil is now the state’s number 1 trade partner.

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Brazil 2014: Best world cup ever?

Day one had Neymar. On day two it was the destructive Dutch signalling the end of Spanish dominance. By the time Costa Rica began their success story by beating Uruguay on day three, we thought we might get lulled into believing this World Cup had something special in store for us only to see pragmatism quickly take over.

But as we hurtle towards the final week of the tournament and the remaining eight games that will determine the new world champions, it is fair to say that whatever happens between now and next Sunday evening, there has not been a World Cup like this in a number of generations. If at all, in fact.

We’ve seen editions before which have been heavy in goals. In 1998 there were a record 171, while the 5.38 goals per game scored in 1954 will surely never be matched. But while in France ’98 there were two 5-0s a 6-1 and a 4-1, and Switzerland in ’54 had scorelines of 9-0, 8-3, 7-0 and 7-2, we have yet to see a true trouncing in Brazil.

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Neymar fit for Brazil’s World Cup quarter-final with Colombia

Neymar scored the winning penalty against Chile last week, but was battered and bruised by the end of the second-round match in Belo Horizonte.

The Barcelona forward had to leave the pitch for treatment on two occasions after taking knocks to his knee and thigh. But Neymar is making good progress in his recovery and says he will be fit to play against Colombia in Fortaleza.

Speaking after participating in Brazil’s training session at their Teresópolis base, Neymar said: “I am able to play against Colombia. I have no pain. I feel very well in training and rest assured, I’m fine.”

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