• The impact of tiredness on cross-cultural communication

    No matter how much cross-cultural training you've had, how open-minded you are, or how flexible you are to others' communication preferences, sometimes you will get tired and just want to be around those "like you."...
    Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
  • Part 2/2: HOW to journal to help cultural adjustment

    Last week I wrote a post on why writing a journal can help you adjust into a new culture (or back into a familiar one if you've been away). The next obvious question is -...
    Monday, May 22nd, 2017
  • Part 1/2: WHY a journal can help you culturally adjust

    And no, you don't have to start it with "Dear Diary..." (though feel free). When you enter a new culture, or return to a familiar one after being away, there is a lot going on...
    Monday, May 15th, 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
  • #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
  • 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
  • Beginning at the end

    When you travel overseas there is a decent amount of preparation to do. It can include booking flights, passports, visas, injections, packing, learning a bit of the language, researching the culture, knowing what electrical sockets...
    Sunday, January 31st, 2016
  • Quick language tip: Internet radio

    Today I thought I'd share a quick language learning tip.One of the trickiest things about learning a language is often you are doing so from your own country. To really learn a language, you need...
    Sunday, July 6th, 2014