Friday, May 06, 2005

new quiz - doing business in china

Going to China for business? Then take our quick quiz to see how culturally aware of Chinsese business culture, protocol and practices you are!

Take the quiz - Doing Business in China

Expo-Bangladesh 2005

The forthcoming Expo-Bangladesh-05 in London from September 15 to 17 is likely to make a big projection of the country profile including its major exportables side by side with food, cultural and fashions shows.

“ We will try to present to the British public a new younger Bangladesh, vibrant with development outlook and having a huge potential for global export market,�? said Allan Taweedie, event manager of the single country trade show, at a press briefing on Thursday.

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holland facing expat shortage

The Dutch government is battling to lure skilled expats to the country amid reports the Netherlands is expecting a shortage of 120,000 skilled expats in the coming period.

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chinese a priority for US students

The US federal government, alarmed by the lack of expertise in languages considered critical to national security, announced Tuesday that it wants to establish a comprehensive Chinese language instruction program for students in kindergarten through college.

Read more: Chinese
Posted by Neil Payne at 9:27 AM
Categories: Language Learning News

Inyourpocket - new guide to Eastern Europe a hit

In recent years, hordes of tourists and businesspeople have descended on Eastern Europe's capitals - urged on by the expansion of the European Union, an explosion of low-cost airlines and a general economic upswing. For some, a series of guide booklets have turned out to be highly useful in avoiding tourist traps and other travel hazards. The bimonthly, English-language series of small guides - the publisher says they are a mix of Lonely Planet and Time Out - have become an Eastern European publishing phenomenon called Inyourpocket.

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Posted by Neil Payne at 9:25 AM
Categories: Business Traveller

happy to translate

A translation and interpreting programme developed by three Scottish housing associations to better integrate Scotland’s black and minority ethnic communities has received government backing.

The Happy to Translate initiative, devised by Trust, Hanover (Scotland) and Bield Housing Associations, has been praised by communities minister Malcolm Chisholm for promoting access to information for Scottish residents for whom English is not a first language. All programme members will display the Happy to Translate logo to show that they provide language assistance to BME communities.

Read more: BME

ethiopia begins internet journey

Impoverished Ethiopia launched the first phase of an ambitious three-year plan to wire the entire country for Internet access with the inauguration of broadband service in the capital.

While not cheap and available only to about 100,000 people in Addis Ababa, officials said they hoped to soon reduce fees and expand the service as part of the project to harness information communication technology to fight the crushing poverty that afflicts most of its population of 70 million.

Read more: Ethiopia
Posted by Neil Payne at 9:19 AM
Categories: Web Globalization

word of the day: frisson

frisson \free-SOHN\, noun:
A moment of intense excitement; a shudder; an emotional thrill.

When we think a story hasn't been invented, there's an extra frisson in reading it. --"Too true," Independent, April 12, 1998

As every parent knows, children have a love-hate relationship with stories about monsters. They love the frisson of hearing about such terrifying creatures as the Cyclops -- but hate to think about what they might do if they bumped into one. --"Strange but true: One in the eye for all those Homer-phobes," Daily Telegraph, June 21, 1998

Posted by Neil Payne at 9:12 AM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Thursday, May 05, 2005

doing business in mexico

If you plan on doing any business in Mexico, a basic understanding of things like the local customs, culture, etiquette and protocol can go a long way in maximising the potential of your trip there. We have provided two links to some useful resources covering these areas:
Mexico - Executive Planet

Mexico - Country Profile

kodak forms corporate diversity & inclusions champions

Eastman Kodak Company today announced the appointment of eight new Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Champions who will provide valuable insight and leadership to support Kodak employees in creating and maintaining the Winning and Inclusive Culture that will drive both individual and business success.

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toronto's nurses need cultural awareness

The health-care community has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to delivering the kind of care required by the Greater Toronto Area's changing population - which will be made up of a majority of visible minorities by 2017. One way to do that is to ensure that that diversity is reflected at all levels of the nursing workforce - and that all nurses provide culturally sensitive care.

"Culture is inextricably linked to health, illness, care and cure," says Rani Srivastava, Deputy Chief of Nursing Practice at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and a contributor to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) professional standards for providing culturally sensitive care. "The nature of nursing and its role with patients and communities means that nurses constantly come face-to-face with cultural issues and values."

Read more: Nursing

paris uses 'cultural diversity' to promote olympic bid

Cultural diversity would be at heart of a Paris Olympics, the city's bid leader for the 2012 Games promised on Wednesday.

Speaking after a conference for a Europe of Culture at Paris's Elysee Palce, Philippe Baudillon underlined his city's wish to re-establish links with the ideals of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics.

"One usually associates the Olympics with sport, but it's easy to forget that Olympism has cultural links as well," Baudillon said. "Paris wants to promote diversity and harmony between communities in France, Europe and beyond to entertain and inspire future generations about the importance of sport and culture in society, a key element of our bid."

Read more: Paris
Posted by Neil Payne at 9:33 AM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

tapping your expat potential

The article 'Tapping Into Your Expat Potential' looks at the challenges of expat life around issues such as visas, language, styles of communication, resumes, management structure, childcare, attitudes of society, etc. The author provides some postitive advice as to how to tap into your potential as an expatriate

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Posted by Neil Payne at 9:29 AM
Categories: Expatriate

broadway goes multilingual

The League of American Theaters and Producers has unveiled a new multilingual Web site,, in an effort to attract more international visitors to Broadway.

The announcement coincides with the biggest travel trade show, TIA International Pow Wow, which begins today in the city and continues through May 7. Top tour operators from around the world who attend the event will learn about the new site, which offers information about all aspects of Broadway in English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Portuguese and French.

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jafra cosmetics targets the hispanic market

Reflecting the huge purchasing power of the fast-growing Hispanic population in the United States, Jafra Cosmetics has launched a new Spanish language version of its website.

Jafra Hispanic USA online has been specially designed for the Hispanic community, who, the company claims, often prefer to have information available in their own native language. “Jafra Hispanic USA recognized the tremendous need for this service based on our US Hispanic consumers and respected Internet studies and research done on US Hispanics on the Net,�? a company spokesperson said.

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poor translation lets down terrorism prosecution team

Scores of translators of Arabic and other languages have been hired by the US government since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to decode intelligence, help interrogate prisoners and testify in court.

Not all of them have turned out to be of use though. A terrorism prosecution in New York unraveled after the government admitted that key evidence - a document that supposedly described one of the defendants as a senior terrorist leader - had been incorrectly translated by an Army language specialist.

Read more: Translator
Posted by Neil Payne at 9:16 AM
Categories: Translation News

the maori and their internet habits

Nielsen/Netratings published some interesting statistics regarding the Maori of New Zealand. The results found that over 72% have access to the internet and that their main preference for using the web was for listening/downloading music, playing games, watching TV and researching.

Such research, if conducted to other cultures, is a wonderful means of understanding how to use the internet to reach a particular audience.

Read more: Maori (pdf file)
Posted by Neil Payne at 9:12 AM
Categories: Web Globalization

word of the day: claque

claque \KLACK\, noun:
1. A group hired to applaud at a performance.
2. A group of fawning admirers.

He cultivated the "Georgetown set" of leading journalists and columnists and had them cheering for him as if he had hired a claque. --Theodore Draper, "Little Heinz And Big Henry," New York Times, September 6, 1992

Behind the hacks was the claque. They cheered and whooped in a vague way, like a group of restrained English persons at a Texas rodeo: "Whee! Whoooo! Polite cough!" --Simon Hoggart, "Yee hah, chaps! It's the manifesto," The Guardian, May 11, 2001

Posted by Neil Payne at 9:00 AM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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