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"When [Gayle] Cotton (photo, left) began her career working at the United Nations in Geneva in the early-90s, she answered a routine phone call with a polite, 'Hello, how are you?'" "Surprisingly, the person on the other end of the call was annoyed. "'He answered, ‘That’s none of your business. Now what I want to talk […]
Blog On Linguistics discusses the topic.
"Time is seen in a particularly different light by Eastern and Western cultures, and even within these groupings assumes quite dissimilar aspects from country to country," writes Richard Lewis (photo, left). "In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two […]
Sherwood Fleming talks about "intercultural blind spots."
"The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” I will adapt his words slightly to make them applicable to intercultural communication: “The single biggest problem in intercultural communication is the illusion that communication is taking place.” Specifically, the illusion within intercultural […]
Sherwood Fleming covers Microsoft's Skype Translator. Video included.
What countries are obsessed with uniforms? What countries support Casual Friday? And what countries think it's OK to wear a Speedo to an office party? Reuters and international market research firm Ipsos answered these questions and many more in last year's "Proper Attire in the Workplace" survey, based on 12,691 recent interviews in 24 countries […]
According to Justin Gmoser (photo, left), "If there's one thing you should get right when visiting a foreign country, it's the greeting. International travel resource Vayama has done the research to make sure we don't look like fools when we travel. Here are some traditional greeting customs from around the world."
"To listen with intercultural ears and see with intercultural eyes means to limit your interpretations to content and to ignore tone, body language and form, which I admit takes practice. I help my clients do that by focusing on the speech act that is being expressed. They learn to set aside cultural preconceptions about what […]
According to Gus Lubin, "You can't expect negotiations with French to be like negotations with Americans, and the same holds true for cultures around the world." "British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted communication patterns as well as leadership styles and cultural identities in his book, "When Cultures Collide," now in a 2005 third edition. His […]« Previous Entries