Blog

  • You can’t practise swimming without water

    Hofstede, the infamous grandfather of cross-cultural studies, said, "Studying culture without experiencing culture shock is like practising swimming without water." I think this guy tried to swim without water....Image Source: Gratisography Usually we think of culture...
    Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • How do you eat cake?

    Cake - we all love it, we all eat it. What on earth does it have to do with a cross-cultural blog? Well firstly, it's on my mind as it was my birthday yesterday 😊...
    Monday, April 17th, 2017
  • “Where are you from?”

    "It's complicated." That's an answer that is becoming more frequent in our globalised world. Many people are born in one country, grow up in another, then move to yet another in their adult life -...
    Monday, April 10th, 2017
  • Cool Non-English Words #5

    When you start learning a new language, you very quickly discover there are words in other languages that have no exact translation in English (or your own mother-tongue). This series explores those linguistic novelties.... #5...
    Monday, April 3rd, 2017
  • Cleanliness is next to…?

    When thinking about cross-cultural communication, I bet you don't think "how clean are they?" or "how clean am I?"...and if you do, that's....unusual 😉 BUT concepts of cleanliness can have an impact on communication in...
    Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • Happy Harmony Day!

    Harmony Day, 21 March, is an Australian initiative to celebrate the diversity in our communities. I like the name, because just like an orchestra, it takes all sorts of instruments to make a spectacular sound....ok...
    Monday, March 20th, 2017
  • The common languages we’ll all be using in future

    As I keep struggling to progress my Hindi...as my German language skills start to disappear...and as I hear so many languages spoken around my office each and every day...I had a light bulb moment. I...
    Monday, March 13th, 2017
  • Listening – the key to compromise

    Listening is one of the most underrated and undervalued skills. But when it comes to cross-cultural communication, it's absolutely critical. If you are having a moment of misunderstanding or miscommunication with someone else, the only...
    Monday, March 6th, 2017