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  • 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
  • Do you trust me?

    One of the interesting factors you can explore in cross-cultural interactions is how easily a particular culture will trust others. As this map shows, there are some cultures which are high-trust (ie think most people...
    Monday, February 27th, 2017
  • App Review: Hopper

    Today's post is for the travelers who like to get a bargain - aka everyone. 😊 I just discovered an app called Hopper and am already loving it. Basically, it uses historical data to predict...
    Monday, February 20th, 2017
  • #overwhelmed?

    When we're faced with stressful, confusing, frustrating or unknown situations, it can be very hard to comprehend everything that is going on. The feeling of being "overwhelmed" is definitely not a new one - and...
    Monday, February 13th, 2017