Our history

In the early 1990s, three entrepreneurial language fans got together and developed a complete language service for companies: language training courses, translations, and interpreting. It’s now nearly thirty years later, and ElaN Languages is a leading player in the language business. We have offices in Brussels, Flanders, Wallonia, and the Netherlands, with a network of 40 full-time employees and 1,800 freelancers. And that same innovative spirit from the early years is still going strong. Here is a list of the major milestones in our history.

2000 – Quality pays


ElaN reaped the rewards of its high-quality service: the company received the Qfor quality label for training organisations in 2000.

2007 – La douce France


ElaN Languages spread its wings and went international. ElaN France was a fait accompli with the establishment of a branch in Pierrelatte, right in the heart of the Provence. The French subsidiary primarily aims its commercial arrows at major French companies.

2008 – From Russia with love


ElaN Languages continued its international expansion. After ElaN France, we opened a second branch in Moscow. With ElaN Russia, our language services agency is now present in one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

2010 – 20th anniversary!


ElaN Languages celebrated its twentieth anniversary with all the bells and whistles.


Watch the festive video here.

2012 – ElaN 2.0


ElaN goes full speed ahead with its digital services. By launching the MyElaN online platform, the company began offering a handy, user-friendly solution to every language question, from requesting quotes to follow-up on translation projects and language training courses.

2015 – ElaN vs. Google


Our promotional video, ‘Taste the Translation’, highlighted our free translation tool, in which it went toe to toe with the goliath of Google Translate. And came out the winner. The video was showered with awards at the advertising festivals in Berlin, Cannes, and New York. Watch the video here and the sequel here.

2016 – Reinventing language training


Our language training department launched the innovative ROE (‘Return on Expectations’) learning model. This training concept allows ElaN’s trainees to get even better results from their language training programmes.