Thursday, January 18, 2007

Survey: Expats feel Sad and Alone

A foreign posting is the glittering prize for many people as they trudge off daily to head office in the home town.

Glamour, wealth and a fast track in the promotions race all are on offer to those posted to a distant land. Those naive enough to hold that dream soon learn otherwise — and now a survey has confirmed that the expat reality can be a lonely and isolated one.

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Shilpa's experiences in Big Brother house reflect those of Indian Expats

It is interesting to note, India is all on a sudden conscious about ‘racism’ on Shipla Shetty, one of India’s own from Bollywood. Asserting that India has throughout rejected all forms of racism, the Govt has said it will look into every aspect of the alleged attacks on actress Shilpa Shetty on a UK TV show.

However, India and Indian Government that milks the expatriates (called NRIs) everyday for cash, should realize, what Shilpa faces today, expatriate NRI Indians face that every day.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:42 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Montgomery Ward Launches Spanish-Language Site

Chicago-based Direct Marketing Services Inc. (DMSI), the multititle mailer that acquired Montgomery Ward out of bankruptcy in June 2004, has launched a Spanish-language version of the Montgomery Ward Website ( The company has also added an “En Espanol�? link onto the English-language Ward site ( to connect them to the new site.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:38 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

Why Learning A New Language May Make You Forget Your Old One

Traveling abroad presents an ideal opportunity to master a foreign language. While the immersion process facilitates communication in a diverse world, people are often surprised to find they have difficulty returning to their native language. This phenomenon is referred to as first-language attrition and has University of Oregon psychologist Benjamin Levy wondering how it is possible to forget, even momentarily, words used fluently throughout one's life.

In a study appearing in the January, 2007 issue of Psychological Science, Levy and his colleague Dr. Michael Anderson discovered that people do not forget their native language simply because of less use, but that such forgetfulness reflects active inhibition of native language words that distract us while we are speaking the new language. Therefore, this forgetfulness may actually be an adaptive strategy to better learn a second language.

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Word of the Day: cudgel

cudgel \KUH-juhl\, noun:
1. A short heavy stick used as a weapon; a club.
transitive verb:
1. To beat with or as if with a cudgel.

Whatever had been making her dogs uneasy, she'd have to handle it on her own. Rosie Bowe took a heavy piece of firewood as a cudgel and followed them. -- Jim Crace, Signals of Distress

The Grand Vizier Kuprili of Constantinople, for example, . . . closed the city's coffeehouses. Anyone caught drinking coffee was soundly cudgeled. -- Mark Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds

Posted by Kwintessential at 5:28 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

New EU assembly head to promote inter-cultural ties

The European Union's newly-elected president Hans Gert Poettering on Tuesday vowed to promote stronger links between European and Muslim nations as part of a drive to forge greater inter-cultural understanding.

The German conservative, who replaces Spanish socialist Josep Borrel, was elected head of the EU assembly earlier Tuesday after winning an absolute majority of 450 votes out of 689 votes cast.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:10 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News Announces Global Diversity Career Expo

According to Mohamed Ly, Founder and Executive Director of and, “one only needs to take a glance at today’s workforces and marketplaces, and their diverse and ever-evolving composition to discern the inevitable trend: the increasing and imperative need to have human resources strategically prepared to bridge people and organizations beyond language, cultural and international barriers. With the war for talent long gone global, if diversity was ever on one’s agenda, it now must have a specific "raison d'être" to survive criticism; beyond the right thing to do, it must directly tie to the bottom-line for businesses in order to remain a lasting priority. The purpose of is to literally translate diversity into global capability, thus earning a tremendous competitive advantage to organizations increasingly facing reach-out and access challenges when taking on emerging and locally diverse or global marketplaces�?.

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Protest of over change in rights to Language Lessons

Dozens of organisations including the Children's Society, the Refugee Council and the shopworkers' union USDAW spoke out this week to warn the government that its plan to reduce eligibility for free English language courses will have a devastating effect if unchanged.

Over 150 people from 50 organisations attended the launch of a campaign to reverse government plans which would create a massive shortfall in free courses in ESOL: English for speakers of other languages. The 'Save ESOL' campaign was launched on Monday (15 January) in London at a meeting hosted by the University and College Union (UCU).

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:05 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

China's Consumers Spend over 270 million yuan on the Net

In China's 2007 Internet Survey Report, recently released by the Internet Society of China, it is predicted that blog and video sharing markets will be valued at more than 100 million yuan by the end of this year. More and more people are turning to the internet to provide them with services and entertainment, and the scale of internet advertising is expanding rapidly.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:03 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

Word of the Day: foofaraw

foofaraw \FOO-fuh-raw\, noun:
1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
2. A fuss over a matter of little importance.

A somber, muted descending motif opens and closes the work, which is brief but effective. It provided much needed relief from the fanfares and foofaraw in which brass-going composers so often indulge. -- Philip Kennicott, "Brass Spectacular is a Spectacle of Special Sound", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 17, 1997

After working in the news business for a number of years, I've become a bit cynical about mass-media coverage of events like the Y2K foofaraw. -- Roy Clancy, "Ready for Y2K...", Calgary Sun, December 15, 1999

Posted by Kwintessential at 5:22 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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