Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The importance of cross cultural training for expatriate assignments

Research is showing that cross cultural training is becoming of greater importance to both HR departments and expatriates themselves in ensuring moves abroad are successful. Executives or managers are usually chosen upon the reasoning that "if they are successful at home they will do the same abroad." However, this is not the case as cross cultural differences usually make a person's skills defunct in a new cultural environment.

Cross cultural training as a result is now becoming a priority to ensure both the employee and accompanying spouse/family settle into the new lifestyle as smoothly as possible.

Read more: Expatriate Cross Cultural Training

mortgage lenders learn culture and language has impact

Real estate developers and mortgage lenders in the US are learning that culture and language has a huge impact upon their business especially in relation to the Hispanic market.

They have realised the condominiums are not selling because the Hispanics want to buy land. "Culturally, Latinos have to have a little piece of land. That is what real estate means to Latinos," says Maria Valentin, manager of diversity marketing for First American Title Co., one of a number of Silicon Valley real estate companies reaching out to the Hispanic community.

It has also been found that Hispanics are more likely to buy mortgages from Spanish speakers due to the issue of trust.

Read more: Real Estate

jail officers resisted cultural diversity training

The former governor of a troubled youth jail told a public inquiry today that prison officers had objected to his efforts to improve their awareness of cultural diversity.

Clive Welsh, who ran Feltham young offenders institution, west London between 1997 and 1999, said staff at the jail complained that he was being "politically correct" after he warned them against using racist and sexist language.

Read more: Diversity
Posted by Neil Payne at 10:39 AM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

Spanish Language does well at the oscars

Spanish-language cinema made its best-ever showing at this year's Oscar ceremonies, not only because a feature by a Chilean-born Spaniard won best foreign film but because of the breadth of categories in which Hispanics competed.

Read more: Spanish
Posted by Neil Payne at 10:32 AM
Categories: Language Learning News

Italians and Spanish upset by relegation of their languages

Both Italy and Spain are upset with the EU over their languages being downgraded at press briefings. Interpreting used to be offered for the Commission's press briefings in Brussels on Wednedays in all 20 EU languages. For all other press briefings interpreting is now only offered in English, French and German. Letters of complaint from Spain and Italy have now found their way to Brussels asking for the discrimation to be reversed.

Read more: EU
Posted by Neil Payne at 10:24 AM
Categories: Translation News

Chinese internet market 'barely tapped'

China's internet market is 'barely tapped', according to Piper Jaffray, director of Safa Rashtchy. Despite the internet market still being an infant in comparison to the US and Europe, it is nevertheless the world's second largest internet market with a projected 200 million users by the end of 2005. It is clear that those wishing to capitalize must get into the Chinese market now.

Read more: China
Posted by Neil Payne at 10:13 AM
Categories: Web Globalization

word of the day: salubrious

salubrious \suh-LOO-bree-us\, adjective:
Favorable to health; promoting health; healthful.

A physician warned him his health was precarious, so Montague returned to the United States, shelved his legal ambitions and searched for a salubrious climate where he might try farming. --"Teeing Off Into the Past At Oakhurst," New York Times, May 2, 1999

For years, her mother has maintained that the sea air has a salubrious effect on both her spirits and her vocal cords. --Anita Shreve, Fortune's Rocks

Posted by Neil Payne at 9:53 AM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Monday, February 28, 2005

umbrella etiquette

For most of us living and working in the UK, USA or elsewhere, how to use your umbrella on the street is more than likely second nature. Few of us would stop to analyse the subtle etiquette that exists when two people holding umbrellas cross paths on the street. However, many foreigners would be unaware of umbrella protocol.

In this article from The Pitt News the author offers some great umbrella etiquette tips!

mourinho blames cross cultural differences for ejection from cup final

Chelsea's Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho, has used cross cultural differences as an excuse for his behaviour at yesterday's Carling Cup final. After his side's goal to level the scores against Liverpool, Mourinho pressed his fingers against his lips in front of opposition fans an act that is considered outright taunting.

Liverpool fans were less than impressed and the manager was escourted away from the pitch by policemen. 'I respect fans all over the world and I have to adapt to your country and your culture. If I made a mistake because of something I cannot do in English football, I have to change,' stated Mourinho later.

Read more: Chelsea
Posted by Neil Payne at 11:15 AM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

Accompanying spouses exempt from work permit rule in Holland

The Dutch cabinet has decided to exempt accompanying spouses of skilled expatriates coming to the country from having to apply for a work permit before being allowed to take up employment.

The move is designed to make Holland more attractive to prospective expats as employment opportunities for spouses usually play a significant role in decisions to move to a particular country.

Read more: Expats
Posted by Neil Payne at 11:08 AM
Categories: Expatriate

Government plans review into inequality and discrimination

The government plans to launch a review into inequality and discrimination in UK society have been welcomed by unions and equality groups. The Equalities Review, which will be chaired by Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission for Racial Equality, will report to the Prime Minister by the summer of 2006. It will debate the merits of government plans for a single equality commission, which have been criticised in recent months for being poorly thought out.

Read more: Review

China to crackdown on illegal EFL teachers

Chinese authorities have announced that foreign language teachers without the proper work permits could face stiff penalties.

Read more: EFL China
Posted by Neil Payne at 10:53 AM
Categories: Language Learning News

Web globalization best practices white paper

John Yunker, founder of Byte Level Research, has recently authored a white paper on Web globalization best practices, sponsored by Transware. He is offering access to the white paper here.

Japanese name translation site has headed a list of top internet sites chosen by the USA Today Web Guide team.

The site offers visitors the ability to type in English names, i.e. first and last name, and to receive the transliteration in katakana, the Japanese alphabet used to write foreign words. Stephen Munday explains the origin of the site, “The recent trend among sports stars and celebrities such as Brittney Spears for kanji tattoos has also fuelled demand. The problem is that the average consumer doesn’t know the language and has no idea what they are really buying. This is where we come in. Based in Japan, we have the linguistic expertise to help our customers get the best kanji translations and go the extra mile to make sure they get them.�?

Read more: Japanese Names

word of the day: incipient

incipient \in-SIP-ee-uhnt\, adjective:
Beginning to exist or appear.

Also, improved diagnostic techniques can alert individuals to incipient illnesses. --James Flanigan, "Patients' Rights and Health-Care Costs Are Expanding Together," Los Angeles Times, May 2, 1999

Shiv gradually became aware that he was onto something big, bigger than anything he had ever done before. He was nudged by an incipient awareness that perhaps it was even too big for him. --Ken Kalfus, Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies

Posted by Neil Payne at 10:27 AM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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