Resources: Notes on Life and Language in the United States

How to Say That You Can't Meet a Deadline in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

Do you work with clients in English-speaking countries?

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Topics: English Conversation, Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication, Business English Vocabulary

Is Your Business Presentation Ready for an American Audience?

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 08:28 AM

Are you getting ready to deliver a professional presentation in English?

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Topics: Business English Presentations, United States Culture, Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication

3 Tips For Your Next Business Meeting with Americans

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 07:27 AM

As an international professional in the U.S., do you attend business meetings with your American colleagues every week?

Perhaps every day?

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Topics: United States Culture, Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication

How Do Cultural Differences Affect Your ESL Classes?

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 @ 07:31 AM

How do cultural differences affect your ESL classes?

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Topics: Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication

Three Companies That Are Taking Culture Seriously...and Profiting

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 08:18 AM

What's the fastest way to lose a business deal? Not understanding the norms and communication styles of the people you are working with.

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Topics: Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication

How to Negotiate with Americans....and Win!

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 @ 07:08 AM

 As an international professional working in the United States, let's imagine that you are about to negotiate with your American clients for a new project.

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Topics: United States Culture, Intercultural Communication

International Students Struggling to Make Friends in the U.S.

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 @ 08:37 AM

Although the future of the U.S. as a world leader is looking more and more questionable, American universities are still a major destination for international students.

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Topics: United States Culture, Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication

Why Your English Trainer's Methods Might Be Outdated

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Sun, May 27, 2012 @ 10:02 AM

There is something missing in the field of English training for international professionals today. The aspect that is missing is so important that I would even suggest if your English trainer is not implementing it, he or she is out of date and out of touch with your needs.

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Topics: How to Learn English, Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication

How Culture Creates Confusion in the Workplace

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 @ 08:43 AM

"Culture" is a word that can be defined in so many different ways. So when we talk about how culture causes confusion and challenges between professionals in the workplace, it is sometimes hard to know what that really means. Well, it can mean a lot of different things! In today's article, we will talk about some of the areas where you might run into challenges when you work with colleagues from different parts of the world. By the way, culture is not just about countries! Culture can also vary by region, gender and age! To avoid stereotyping and generalizing, try to think about  where you, as an individual, fall on these dimensions and how that might be different from your colleagues and team members at work.

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Topics: Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication

Cultural Communication Differences Beyond Grammar

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Sun, Jan 15, 2012 @ 11:29 AM

What are the major cultural communication differences between the US and your country? Many international professionals and university students focus entirely on their English skills and they forget about the ways in which culture influences their communication style. An advanced student of English in the business world or in academia will not be successful in the US without understanding his or her own cultural communication style and having some knowledge of the cultural norms, values, assumptions and communication styles in the United States. In today's post, we have an interview with Hye Jyu, a university student from Korea who is currently studying in the US. She shared some interesting points about how Koreans communicate differently from Americans. Keep reading to learn more and improve your cultural competence!

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Topics: Intercultural Communication

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