Category Archives: Business

Accent Errors of Speakers from South East Asia

South East Asia covers many cultures and many languages. This includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and others. While each are unique, they also share common threads. Speakers of South East Asian languages often share common pronunciation errors when … Continue reading

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What Makes You Awesome? Selling Yourself in the American Workplace

The ability to “sell yourself” with confidence is a key skill for success in American culture. American culture focuses on the individual. In interviews, performance reviews, meetings and presentations, people are are expected to “sell” themselves by stressing individual, quantifiable … Continue reading

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Bribery Across Cultures

UK Macmillan publisher is in big trouble. It seems that they  gave bribes in Sudan for a textbook deal. In Sudan, a bribe is not an uncommon business practice, whereas in the UK, it’s illegal. In some cultures, bribes are … Continue reading

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Conducting Cross Cultural Interviews

An interviewer who makes decisions based only on his own cultural ideas may miss out on talented applicants who may not fit into his framework. Areas for miscommunication in the interview process include: Group v individual orientation American culture focuses … Continue reading

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Hispanics and Asians: 2 Tiers at Work

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hispanics comprise 50% of the foreign-born labor force and Asians make up 22%. Among these workers, 2 tiers exist: Latinos with low education and low skills, and educated professionals from Asia. Although both … Continue reading

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Status and Negotiating Across Cultures

Understanding the importance and source of status is a vital part of working cross culturally. People can attain status in two ways: Achieved status – what you do In the US and other English-speaking countries,  status is achieved and based … Continue reading

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Expats' opinions on working in English

Many foreign-born professionals in R&D or IT fields say they feel limited by their English at work. Although they may have the precise and technical vocabulary for their field, they often lack the fluency and interactional skills to participate fully … Continue reading

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