Thursday, June 22, 2006

new world maps of hofstede's scores

Regulars to Cross Cultural & Intercultural News may have tried out our latest online tool - the Intercultural Business Communication graph. If you have yet to try it, then give it a go and get some handy tips on how to do business or work with people from different cultures.

We have now added a little addition to the tool to allow people to have an overview of Hofstede's scores by means of a world map. We have produced 4 maps covering Masculinity, Uncertainty Avoidance, Individualism and Power Distance. By simply scrolling over a country you can instantly see the score attributed to it by Hofstede.

Visit the maps:
World Map of Power Distance Scores

World Map of Individualism Scores

World Map of Uncertainty Avoidance Scores

World Map of Masculinity Scores

We hope you will enjoy and benefit from this latest addition to our website.

iraq spawns new kind of translator

When an Iraqi insurgent group releases a new videotape or claims responsibility for an attack, Western reporters in Baghdad rarely hear about it firsthand. Nor do they usually get the news from their in-house Iraqi translators.

Instead, a reporter often receives an e-mailed alert from a highly caffeinated terrorism monitor sitting at a computer screen somewhere on the East Coast. Within hours, a constellation of other Middle East analysts has sent out interpretations - some of them conflicting - and a wealth of contextual material.

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german job seekers trying india

Frustrated by the tight job market back home, some German academics are taking up positions as far a field as India.

Germany’s Federal Labour Office has already placed three German economists with Evalueserve, a business consultancy in Gurgaon, near New Delhi and company now plans to expand the pilot project.

Ten-hour workdays are normal for the German “guest workers,�? who sometimes even put in 14 for salaries that no university graduate would lift a finger for in Germany. But the Germans say they are content in India, where a booming economy has generated a general mood of excitement.

Read more: India

irish employer's body concerned about lack of language skills

The Irish employers' body IBEC has expressed concern at the falling number of students studying foreign languages.

Recent figures show that the numbers taking French, German, Spanish and Italian at Leaving Cert level has dropped from 79% to 72% over the past decade. IBEC says Ireland has also been ranked bottom in a list of 11 countries in terms of language skills among primary-school pupils.

Read more: IBEC
Posted by Kwintessential at 3:56 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

hiring strong in india - cooling in china

Employers in India, Japan, Hong Kong, Ireland and Belgium report their most optimistic hiring plans to date, shows Manpower's latest Employment Outlook Survey. But the employment outlook has declined in Germany and China.

Read more: Employment

word of the day: sobriquet

sobriquet \SO-brih-kay; -ket; so-brih-KAY; -KET\, noun:
A nickname; an assumed name; an epithet.

In addition to his notorious amours, he became distinguished for a turbulent naval career, particularly for the storms he weathered, thus bringing him the sobriquet "Foulweather Jack". -- Phyllis Grosskurth, Byron: The Flawed Angel

At a small reception on the occasion of my twenty-fifth anniversary in this position, my good friend Izzy Landes raised a glass and dubbed me the Curator of the Curators, a sobriquet I have worn with pride ever since. -- Alfred Alcorn, Murder in the Museum of Man

Posted by Kwintessential at 3:51 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

world map of languages

At Kwintessential we very often get people asking us about the languages spoken in certain countries. Due to the high nunber of such requests we have designed a neat little tool in the form of a world map showing the main language(s) spoken in most of the world's countries. Give the map a go! Visit Map of World Languages.

CIPD's diversity adviser awarded an OBE

Dianah Worman, diversity adviser for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has been awarded an OBE for her work on equality issues in the workplace.

Worman, who has worked for the CIPD for more than 20 years, was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. She has led a number of national equal opportunities initiatives, including campaigns against age discrimination and bullying and research on diversity, race, disability and employment.

Read more: Worman

world cup interupts religious duties

Buddhist monks in Thailand are too tired to receive early morning alms because they are staying up late to watch the World Cup, a Thai newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Nation quoted a woman in the northern city of Chiang Mai who said her birthday celebrations were ruined because monks at a city temple were not awake to receive her morning offering, a mandatory religious ritual in the predominately Buddhist country.

Read more: Football
Posted by Kwintessential at 2:18 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

northerners more likely to emigrate

Thousands of Northerners are packing up their belongings for good to head for sunnier climes, according to new research.

While many may dream of a new life abroad it seems Northerners are the most likely to turn their fantasy into reality and emigrate.

The study found that one-in-five migration inquiries (20 per cent) come from the North East – nearly double the number from the North West (11 per cent) and far exceeding the number from the South West (seven per cent).

Read more: Emigration
Posted by Kwintessential at 2:16 PM
Categories: Expatriate

us officers to received language & culture classes

Officers who graduated from a special class at Fort Leavenworth last week are the proud owners of a high-powered diplomatic tool: Arabic language skills.

For the first time, the Army’s Command and General Staff College has not only offered but demanded that its field-grade officers with immediate assignments in Iraq attend a language and culture seminar.

The introductory class is not designed to make officers fluent in the challenging language. Instead, it provides basic skills to build a foundation in the language and culture. It also provides officers with interactive computer programs that will help them learn more while they are deployed.

Read more: Classes

new expat survey releases

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Targeting Expatriates in Wealth Management - Asia-Pacific to their offering.

The report looks at the targeting of expatriates with wealth management products and services. The report provides access to our Global Expatriate Study, which sizes expatriate populations by country of domicile and provides a breakdown of wealth level. The report looks at future opportunities for targeted services.

Scope of this title:
-- The report looks at the trend among financial institutions in targeting these individuals with wealth management products and services.
-- The Global Expatriate Study sizes the expatriate population by country of origin and domicile and provides a breakdown of wealth level.
-- The report analyses competitive dynamics in the expatriate space across the globe.

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Language as a metaphor for football

The German language has never agreed with me. I dislike its harshness. At school I was told about a poem by the Spaniard Miguel de Unamuno consisting of a list of the ugliest German words. This struck me then as pretty hilarious.

At this World Cup though, I find myself developing a grudging admiration for its utilitarianism. This first manifested at a big screen in Frankfurt, where I was watching Ivory Coast’s doomed attempts to upset Argentina. My eye kept being drawn to the scoreboard in the top corner of the screen. Elfenbeinkuste – elephant bone coast: it was a striking example of the German language’s fondness for composites. Why worry about creating a new word (“ivory�?) when the combination of two existing words (“elephant bone�?) would do?

Read more: German
Posted by Kwintessential at 2:11 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

Language restriction a sign of tension for Australia-Croatia match

Croatia’s Josip Simunic was interrupted after just a few words.

“Croatian is the official language here,�? the team’s press officer barked, stopping the Australian-born defender in mid-sentence as he tried to answer a question in his native English.

The interception prompted heckling from an audience packed with Australian journalists, but to no avail. “Why can’t Joe speak in English if Mark Viduka is allowed to speak Croatian at Australia’s press conference?�? countered Peter Wilkins from Australia’s national television channel, ABC.

Simunic was forced to fumble his way through in broken Croatian, but the language dispute was a poignant preview of the deep emotions involved in Croatia’s final group match with Australia on Thursday.

Read more: Croatia

Audiantis releases text translation with speech output

The Berlin company Audiantis is offering the beta version of its combined translation and speech output service iSound TranSpeaker free of charge for the duration of the world cup. This enables e.g. an English speaker to input a request or an order into his mobile device, immediately receiving the German translation as speech output. Equally, he can input an unfamiliar German text – from a newspaper or from a signpost – receiving the speech output in English.

Read more: Audiantis

word of the day: langour

languor \LANG-guhr; LANG-uhr\, noun:
1. Mental or physical weariness or fatigue.
2. Listless indolence, especially the indolence of one who is satiated by a life of luxury or pleasure.
3. A heaviness or oppressive stillness of the air.

Without health life is not life, wrote Rabelais, "life is not livable. . . . Without health life is nothing but languor." -- Joseph Epstein, Narcissus Leaves the Pool

Charles's court exuded a congenial hedonism. It was exuberant and intemperate, given to both languor and excess. -- John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination

Posted by Kwintessential at 1:41 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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