The Origins of Language, by Patricia C Prada Jimenez

We speak about an estimated seven thousand different languages ​​around the world, though it is thought that about half of them* also have a written form, is the origin of language still a great mystery?
Over time, archaeologists, anthropologists and linguists have attempted to answer these questions but many of these issues are still waiting to be fully explained. The controversy on this subject has been so heated that during the nineteenth century…

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Surprise…elephants on the beach!

An unexpected treat this weekend on my visit to Brighton, I am delighted! After a relaxing stroll along the sunny pebbled beach and a visit to the iconic Pier…not only did I find these stunning elephants but I also met the very talented artist, Kevin Hayler. He kindly took the time to explain what inspires him, his experience and adventures around the world, and especially his encounters with elephants in Asia and Africa. We talked about our shared passion for wildlife and my personal interest in elephants and elephant Minds…

I marvelled at many of his prints; jaguars, giraffes, lions, meerkats, crocodiles, and so many other gorgeous animals. I finally left with this one delightful mum and calf.

This is what he has to say about it: “A visit to the Elephant Orphanage is one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka. I don’t know how many Jumbos there are, 40 or so I’d guess. It’s great fun and you can follow them down to the river and watch them bathe. I took a series of bad photos as usual but never mind I had all the info I needed. I drew Mum from one photo and her calf from another. I raised the youngster’s trunk to add intimacy to the scene and finished by giving Mum a flapping ear.”

I invite you to see more of his beautiful work on his personal website. If you wish to learn a little more about elephants and our own elephant Minds story do read this.


By Patricia C Prada Jimenez

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Sophie and Airi offer advice to help you prepare for your Study Programme

Study Abroad Programmes in London, immersive courses with qualified and experienced teachers. We take our students to all the historic places in the city and the most interesting museums and events. Work and Study, our students can also choose to do an internship and work in the afternoons.


Work in London with The Elephant Minds Foundation

The Elephant Minds Foundation has launched its first programme of INTERNSHIPS for students! We are very grateful to Sophie and Airi who did a wonderful job. Opportunities like this help us support educational projects around the world and teach students the skills they need to embark on their future careers. Kind and generous TEAMWORK!

Students join our Team as part of their Programme in London, UK and/or Buenos Aires, Argentina. Career days and our Share your Experience luncheons are also organised with professionals of different fields who work in the city. For information on these internships please write to us at


Language teachers be ready!

The European Day of Languages

Language teachers beware, you don’t want to miss it! It’s never too early to prepare your lessons on languages. Our students do love learning about the origins of languages, their cultural differences and all related celebrations. So, remember:

September 26 is the European Day of Languages (EDL). This has been celebrated annually since it was proclaimed on December 6, 2001 by the Council of Europe. It is a joint initiative with the European Union and seeks to promote plurilingualism to the continent’s 800 million inhabitants. It is organised with the assistance of the Council’s European Centre for Modern Languages throughout the 47 member states.


Airi’s Homestay Experience in London

She always cared about me and when we were having dinner, she asked how my day was at school. I also tried my best to speak in English every day. Surely, that helped me to improve my English…

My homestay experience in London

An Elephant for a Book

They send us these we send them a book! We thank all the children from the Mini Library in India who are sending us these gorgeous elephants. All part of our project An elephant for a book, by the Elephant Minds Foundation. We support the wonderful work of The Mini Library educating and inspiring children.



London and the Writers of all Times

New English Language Course with special focus on English Literature and the greatest writers in history. London has played a very important role in literature all around the world. It has always inspired literary genius such as Oscar Wilde, Daniel Defoe, George Orwell, R. L. Stevenson and Dostoyevsky, among others. This unique and immersive programme includes tuition as well as guided tours…