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About dbate

dbate is a boutique language studio based in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Originally from South Africa, we have been operating in the corporate language sector in the Netherlands for more than 25 years. We started our language services company in 1994 with a primary focus on business. As native English speakers, we have been offering Dutch-to-English Translation and English Language Training for corporate clients for more than 25 years, and have accumulated experience in a very wide range of sectors and industries. We recently expanded our services to include Online English Teaching.

dbate V.O.F. is a General Partnership based in Hilversum, the Netherlands, registered with the Chamber of Commerce (Gooi en Eemland) under registration number: 32087640.

VAT number: (NL)810637819B01

About Us

Michèle Aimé has been a qualified TEFL Trainer with credits in English for Special Purposes, Course Design and Business English since 1996. Michèle has worked hand in hand with language institutes, such as Elsevier Talen, Alpha Talen International and the Horizongroep in the Netherlands. She has created courses, instructed individuals and groups, and gave workshops to some of the biggest corporations in the Netherlands, including PriceWaterhouseCooper, KPN, AkzoNobel, NVP and Volvo. In 2020, during the covid-19 isolation period, Michèle turned her focus to eLearning and teaching English online for individual clients. Michèle's principal role in dbate is English Language Training.

Heinrich Dahms graduated with a Bachelor's in Philosophy, Psychology and English, and an Honours in Political Philosophy and Film at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. After 10 years in the media industry in South Africa and Los Angeles, Heinrich immigrated to the Netherlands in 1993 and added Dutch-to-English translation to his portfolio. Since then, he has done a wide range of of translation, editing and copywriting work for Dutch and multinational corporations, as well as translation agencies based around the globe. Some of his clients include major law firms, international media companies and online businesses. Heinrich is primarily responsible for translation, editing and text creation in dbate.


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