• Happy International Literacy Day!

    Today (8 September) is International Literacy Day! Photo by Philip Strong on Unsplash This is an initiative of the UN to celebrate progress in improving literacy rates, as well as look at areas that still need to be...
    Thursday, September 7th, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • Would you go without a camera?

    I was recently chatting with a friend about the challenges of affluent countries sending volunteers to not-so-affluent countries. Out of that I heard one of the best lines I've come across in a while... Would...
    Monday, November 7th, 2016
  • Biodiversity and Culture

    This is a proud sister post :-) One of my brothers is studying his PhD and in amongst his regular research, he recently co-published a paper on how culture impacts levels of biodiversity conservation spending. ...
    Monday, October 24th, 2016
  • Discipline & Goals

    “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”  - Abraham Lincoln Photo: Ales Krivec This was a quote shared in an email I received recently. Given my recent post about...
    Monday, October 10th, 2016
  • Hindi learning update – 500 words!

    According to my Memrise app, I've hit 500 Hindi words! My journey with learning Hindi has definitely been an off-and-on process. I found a "Teach Yourself Hindi" book in India for $5 in 2009 -...
    Monday, September 19th, 2016