Thursday, February 17, 2005

Working with indians - new cross cultural quiz

A new cross cultural quiz has been added to the Kwintessential site - Working with Indians. The short, 10 question, quiz asks some basic questions to help people gage their understanding of Indian business culture and etiquette.

Is Indian society meritocratic? What are senstitive questions in a job interview? How does one delegate tasks effectively to an Indian workforce?

If you know the answers, take the quiz and see how culturally aware you are.

Working with Indians Quiz

Top 10 global brands of 2004

Intebrand's Readers' Choice Awards 2004 for the brand with most global impact has some interesting and also not so surprising results.

The top 10 lined up as follows:
1. Apple
2. Google
3. Ikea
4. Starbucks
5. Al Jazeera
6. Mini
7. Coca-Cola
8. Virgin
9. eBay
10. Nokia

Visit the results for more insight.

Construction company offers to cover expat property buyers in Cyprus

Fearing a slump in the north Cyprus property market, a British-owned, Kyrenia-based construction company says it will cover all compensation costs incurred by their foreign house-buying clients if the Annan plan is implemented.

In a half page advertisement in the north’s English language weekly Cyprus Today, AGA Development Construction Limited and Amaranta Estates, who are currently undertaking what they describe of as “the biggest housing development project in north Cyprus�? in the village of Klepini, claim their clients will be free from worry if they buy one of their newly-built luxury villas – because they will cover all compensation costs due to Greek Cypriots who lost homes and properties in 1974.

Read more: Cyprus
Posted by Neil Payne at 9:08 AM
Categories: Expatriate

HSBC head of diversity to talk in Cardiff

Hilary Wiseman, head of diversity at HSBC Bank, will be the guest speaker at a new Business in the Community Wales employer's forum at St David's Hotel & Spa, Cardiff on Monday 21st February.

She will outline the importance of employers embracing diversity. "Diversity is about understanding customer needs and ensuring that the services and products offered are accessible to everyone. It is also about creating an environment where people feel valued, their talents fully utilised and organisational goals met," she stated.

Read more: Diversity

Event: Intercultural communication barriers

Intercultural communication barriers, strategies and successes in Europe: An expert seminar on languages and cultures in business, presented by Professor Stephen Hagen

2 March 2005, Chesford Grange Hotel, Nr Leamington Spa, UK, 6.30pm

This European seminar on language and culture in international business will be led by Professor Stephen Hagen, who will give a presentation on the latest research findings from UK and European business. This evening seminar is co-hosted by the British Chambers of Commerce and there will be the opportunity for discussion and meetings with Export Communication Review (ECR) consultants, members of the British Chambers of Commerce and UK Trade and Investment at the end of the seminar.

The seminar marks the launch of the publication of his latest book Language and culture in British business: Communication, needs and strategies, published in March 2005 by CILT, the National Centre for Languages.

For further information visit CILT

Maltese translation firms complain about decline in work from Europe

A European Commission official in charge of translation services has played down complaints made recently by Maltese translation firms about the lack of documents being sent to them by the Commission.

Manuel Barata de Oliveira, the acting head of the Translation Directorate General said: "There must have been some overestimation on behalf of the Maltese translation community in Malta about the number of pages the Commission needs to translate into Maltese".

According to Maltese companies, the number of documents being sent to Malta by the Commission has declined considerably since July. They claim this has happened only in the case of the Maltese language.

Read more: Maltese
Posted by Neil Payne at 8:41 AM
Categories: Translation News

w3c to break down language barriers on the internet

The World Wide Web Consortium has published a standard for web applications to exchange and process characters of the world's languages.

The Character Model of the World Wide Web: Fundamentals allows web technologies to support text in the world's scripts, enabling them to be exchanged, read and searched by web users. The goal is to "facilitate use of the web by all people, regardless of their language, script, writing system and cultural conventions," the international standards body said.

Read more: Press Release

word of the day: enervate

enervate \EN-ur-vayt\, transitive verb:
1. To deprive of vigor, force, or strength; to render feeble; to weaken.
2. To reduce the moral or mental vigor of.

Beatriz de Ahumada soldiered on to produce nine more children, a tour of duty that left her enervated and worn. --Cathleen Medwick, Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul

In countries like India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nigeria and Ghana I have always felt enervated by the slightest physical or mental exertion, whereas in the UK, France, Germany or the US I have always felt reinforced and stimulated by the temperate climate, not only during long stays, but even during brief travels. --David S. Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

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Posted by Neil Payne at 7:48 AM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Luxembourg - Guide to etiquette, protocol, culture and doing business

luxembourg etiquette business culture

A new addition to Kwintessential's country profiles has been added today offering an introductory insight into areas such as the language, social characteristics, social etiquette (i.e. dining, meeting, etc), business etiquette (i.e. negotiating, business meetings, communication, etc) for expats, business travellers or tourists visiting Luxembourg.

Visit the profile: Luxembourg

racial diversity in advertisements

A growing trend in the US among advertising agencies reponsible for create TV ads/commercials is to increasingly show ethnic minorities side by side. Racially mixed scenarios are being used as backdrops to ads to help sell products through targeting a broader audience.

Critics, however, argue that such ads gloss over the complicated social and racial realities of modern day America. In truth, very little interaction between different ethnicities takes place and many live in areas largely populated by their 'own kind'.

Such advertising is creating a "carefully manufactured racial utopia, a narrative of colorblindness," argues Charles Gallagher, a sociologist at Georgia State University in Atlanta. "The lens through which people learn about other races is absolutely through TV, not through human interaction and contact. Here, we're getting a lens of racial interaction that is far afield from reality."

Read more: Ads
Posted by Neil Payne at 2:34 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

qualifying exam for expat health professionals in Bahrain

Expat doctors and nurses may have to sit for a qualifying examination before they are allowed to practise in Bahrain. The new regulation is being studied by the Health Ministry's licensure and registration office.

The move is aimed at further enhancing the standard of medical care in the Kingdom, said office head Dr Tawfeeq Naseeb. "We will conduct an examination for all expatriate doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals before they take up assignments in government or private hospitals in Bahrain."

Read more: Bahrain
Posted by Neil Payne at 2:25 PM
Categories: Expatriate

american workers trust the boss more than in the UK

According to Watson Wyatt, UK worker's trust their bosses, i.e. senior management, less than their counterparts in the US. Research revealed that in the US, of 15,000 respondents, 51% trust and confidence in the leadership, whereas the figure was a lowly 31% in the UK. "Clearly there may be cultural factors at play here when we compare the UK and US," said Andrew Cocks, European head of employee research at Watson Wyatt.

Read more: Trust

Training is healthy for business and staff

Results if a recent survey by Peninsula, the employment law firm, and Portfolio Payroll, the financial recruitment firm, show that investment in staff training is good for business and that employees consider it a good perk of the job.

Read more: Training
Posted by Neil Payne at 2:13 PM
Categories: Human Resources News

London stock exchange launches russian language section to website

The London Stock Exchange launched a dedicated CIS market section on its website on Monday in both Russian and English.

Users will be able to find information in Russian and English on AIM and Main Market requirements and track the performance of CIS companies trading on either the International Order Book (IOB) or on AIM. The section will also provide users with the latest information on listing seminars and investor conferences.

Read more: LSE

is french in decline?

The global pull towards English as the language of choice has resulted in a decline in the learning of French and its restriction to older generations and upper classes in many countries where it used to be the second language of choice in schools.

This was the feeling comeing from the Expolanguages trade fair in early February.

Read more: French
Posted by Neil Payne at 2:08 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

word of the day: polymath

polymath \POL-ee-math\, noun:
A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.

A century after Aristotle, in 240 B.C., a brilliant polymath, Eratosthenes, is appointed chief librarian of the Museum at Alexandria--the most cosmopolitan city and center of learning in the Mediterranean world. --Alan Gurney, Below the Convergence

Alan Kay, for instance, one of the wizards of PARC and now an Apple fellow, is a polymath accomplished in math, biology, music, developmental psychology, philosophy, and several other disciplines. --Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman, Organizing Genius

Posted by Neil Payne at 1:47 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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