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  • Happy New Year!

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin Welcome to 2017! Happy New Year! Image Source: kauzend (Unsplash) As you enjoy the holiday period, I hope you're getting a change to relax! My suggestion - switch off everything...
    Monday, January 2nd, 2017
  • Cool Non-English Words #4 Hygge

    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.... #4...
    Monday, December 26th, 2016
  • Why not hire a babysitter?

    I recently had my work Christmas/End of Year party - great times! But I was chatting to some colleagues who weren't able to attend. Their reason was they needed to be at home with the...
    Monday, December 19th, 2016
  • News News News

    Which news do you watch on TV or listen to on the radio? Photo: Toa Heftiba It's a question that has recently come up in our household. I was getting sick of the "popular" news...
    Monday, December 12th, 2016
  • Travel Tip: Variety is key for currency!

    I've been watching the recent news in India with keen interest. In case you missed it, in November 2016, PM Modi announced all 500 and 1000 denominations would no longer be accepted. This would remove...
    Monday, December 5th, 2016
  • Convert challenges into opportunities

    When I explain cultural differences, often people see them as communication challenges. I want to turn that concept on its head and suggest we view them as opportunities. For example, if you are from a...
    Monday, November 28th, 2016
  • 3 Quick Questions for Overseas Visitors

    When you meet someone from overseas, here are 3 quick questions you can ask them to improve your cross-cultural awareness (and build a collaborative bridge with them!): 1) What do you like about {country} so...
    Monday, November 21st, 2016
  • Why “Dos & Don’ts” need an update

    Have you ever looked up a list of cultural rules for going overseas and thought, "isn't this just stereotpying?"  I personally think it's about time these typical "Dos and Don'ts" lists had an update. The...
    Monday, November 14th, 2016