Tuesday, March 08, 2005

HR lacking in training on latest diversity legislation

More than a year after the Employment Equality Regulations 2003, up to 38% of HR staff have still not received the necessary training on the legislation.

The survey carried out by Fuel highlights the increasing chances of tribunals due to lack of awareness in HR departments such as that of Mohammed Saiwal Khan of NIC Hygiene earlier this year. He was sacked after taking extended leave to make a once-in-a-lifetime religious pilgrimage to Mecca. A Leeds tribunal found in his favour on grounds of reglious discrimination in January 2005 and awarded him £10,000.

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career opportunities using foreign languages

Many people would like to use lanaguages within their career or as a vehicle to starting a new career. In this article, 'Foreign Languages', newly added to the articles page at Kwintessential, we offer some guidance to those considering their career options. Using a foreign language opens doors to a variety of jobs from working in international organisations, such as the UN, to teaching.

Posted by Neil Payne at 11:02 AM
Categories: Language Learning News

football becomes UK's latest export to china

February 2005, saw the launch of the English Premier League's official Chinese language website.

Such is the attraction of grabbing the Chinese market, Chinese is the only language into which the Premier League is translated. Even teams such as Sheffield United are trying to establish themselves as a brand in China; they have established an academy on the country's southern Hainan island, and several Chinese players have trained in Sheffield.

The moves are one of many that highlight the increasing attention given to China as the export market of the future.

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3G technology to take internet to africa

With just 1.4% of Africans using the internet at present, MTN, Africa's biggest mobile phone operator, plans to radically change this with the launch of 3G technology in the continent in June.

Internet use is low in Africa due to the costs involved - phone lines, PC's and internet rental. With the coming of mobile 3G technology all these costs are negated as the surfer can access the internet through their mobile phone. Although it wil take years before places like Malawi are surfing the web and searching Google, many analysts concede it will eventually happen.

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Posted by Neil Payne at 10:48 AM
Categories: Web Globalization

word of the day: ambuscade

ambuscade \AM-buh-skayd; am-buh-SKAYD\, noun:
An ambush

transitive verb: To attack by surprise from a concealed place; to ambush.

But so great were his fears for the army, lest in those wild woods it should fall into some Indian snare, that the moment his fever left him, he got placed on his horse, and pursued, and overtook them the very evening before they fell into that ambuscade which he had all along dreaded. --Mason Locke Weems, The Life of Washington

The storm is distant, just the lights behind The eyes are left of lightning's ambuscade. --Peter Porter, "The Last Wave Before the Breakwater"

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Posted by Neil Payne at 10:38 AM
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Monday, March 07, 2005

book release: Intercultural Communication

Susan Eckert in tandem with Thomson/Southwestern Publishing has released, Intercultural Communication, a book dedicated to supporting Americans in the development of the important survival skills that comprise Intercultural Intelligence (i.e. understanding of culture, self-awareness about one’s own culture, ability to communicate and resolve conflict inter-culturally).

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Posted by Neil Payne at 10:59 AM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

japanese funeral etiquette

How would you behave at a funeral in a foreign country? What do you wear? What do you do? What do you say? Funerals too have their own cross cultural differences. In this article at the writer gives some useful insight into the etiquette involved with Japanese funerals.

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Posted by Neil Payne at 10:54 AM
Categories: Cross Cultural Etiquette

Weakening dollar's impact on expats

Last week the US Dollar hit another record low against the Euro, as Europe's currency bought USD 1.36. The slide of the US Dollar has topped financial news for months, usually in the context of increased competitiveness of US exports, improved profit margins for European businesses' North American operations, and other macro-economic indicators.

For expatriate families, though, the slide of the US Dollar has a more personal meaning - eroding purchasing power, decreased savings and constantly changing pay packets. For administrators of expatriate programmes, the dollar's fall has meant a seemingly never ending series of questions from expatiates on both sides of the Atlantic about how currency markets affect take home pay.

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norka establishes language and culture 'finishing school'

The continuing reliance on immigrant labour around the world has had some interesting consequences in the language and cultural training field. Many local suppliers are now realising the 'saleability' and effectiveness of the their staff is boosted through offering language and intercultural training prior to assignment abroad.

In the UK, a range of foreign labour including dentists from Poland and bus drivers from Lithuania are now receiving language training and introductions into British culture before they arrive in the UK to ensure they settle well and are capable of carrying out their jobs.

The trend is now hitting India. NORKA, Non Resident Keralites' Affairs Department, has planned to set up a centre to provide English language and cultural training for candidates seeeking jobs abroad in the nursing and paramedic fields.

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korean translation of the da vinci code slammed

The Korean translation of The Da Vinci Code, written by Dan Brown, has been slammed for poor translation. Bertelsmann, the publishers, have received criticism that they rushed the process in order to get books on the shelves quicker.

“When I compared the English and Korean editions, there were more than a few clearly mistranslated sections," reader Park Sang-hyeon of Dangsan-dong, Seoul said. "I have no idea how a famous international publisher could openly sell a book full of mistranslations.�? He added, "This is no different to fraud. The publishing company must take responsibility, publicly apologize and quickly recall.�?

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Posted by Neil Payne at 10:23 AM
Categories: Translation News

china leads call for move away from US monopolization of internet

The Chinese ambassador at the UN last week called for an end to the US monopolization of the internet and has asked the UN to take governance under its control. Most countries agree that internet governance could and should be handled by the International Telecommunications Union, a division of the UN.

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Posted by Neil Payne at 10:15 AM
Categories: Web Globalization

E-learning poised for rapid growth in 2005

In companies, schools, and governmental agencies, evidence is mounting that e-Learning and blended learning programs are poised for rapid growth beginning in 2005. Experts see three important elements driving this growth: reliable web technology, user understanding of the Internet, and the continued desire for high quality, affordable training.

Within the sector online language tuition is also set to rise as people seek alternative methods to learn foreign languages.

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word of the day: fey

fey \FAY\, adjective:
1. Possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality; magical or fairylike; elfin.
2. Having power to see into the future; visionary; clairvoyant.
3. Appearing slightly crazy, as if under a spell; touched.
4. (Scots.) Fated to die; doomed.
5. (Scots.) Marked by a sense of approaching death.

. . . the former a gang of dangerous delinquents, fearless, macho, vulgar . . . , the latter a group of mischievous schoolboys, whimsical, fey, sophisticated and daringly experimental. --Sean Kelly, "What Did You Expect, the Spanish Inquisition?" New York Times, July 25, 1999

Beneath a fey manner, his mother was highly competitive. --Evan Thomas, The Very Best Men

Posted by Neil Payne at 9:54 AM
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