How to Communicate Across Cultures


One of the first things we realize when talking to a person of a different ethnic culture is that they communicate differently than you do. Some have major hand gestures, others are more reserved, some seem in your face, and some will reach out for a social touch. The styles vary and may well be personality types and individual demeanor, but there are culture-specific communication styles that are helpful to know. Experience will teach you and maximizing on the opportunities can be done with some important points to follow:

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Translations Gone Wrong All Over the World

Translation Error

In the 21st century, you wouldn’t expect that there would be so many grammatical and technical errors in printed signs, labels, and letters all over the world. I know this rant will probably be to the like-minded but I cannot help myself. I am dumbfounded every time I see a horrible translation like, “Please slowed” instead of “Attention please” or a small letter instead of a capital for a major highway sign. All it takes is for someone who speaks English to give it a second look.

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5 things to do when you move to a new city

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It is hard to relocate your life to a new city. I know because I’ve done it four times in my life. Besides the obvious and necessary things like updating your address at your bank and registering your kids to new schools, building on things that make you happy oftentimes gets over-looked. But I’ve gotten into a good groove for the last two times I’ve moved, and I want to share it. Here are five things that you must do to add satisfaction to your life in a new city:

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The time my family and I moved to Detroit


My family and I recently moved to Detroit. What an interesting city. It has such character, history, and sadness weaved into its streets. When I first thought of the idea of moving to this city, I was concerned. I heard from US citizens and others that I had to make sure that I locked my car doors when I drove through the city. That’s how high the crime rate is. Indeed, I made sure they were locked the first few weeks that we were here. The culture in this city is unlike any I have encountered in my life. Its as if Detroit yells: “I was something once!”

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