Friday, November 10, 2006

manners make millions

For international executives navigating the minefield of corporate politics, help is at hand -- impeccable British manners can clinch that big deal.

So says etiquette expert Diana Mather who Friday launched a weekend house party at a Scottish castle for businessmen, academics and diplomats eager to prove the 14th century proverb "Manners Maketh Man."

Read more: Etiquette

eu Commissioner for multilingualism appointed

The appointment of a European Commissioner in charge of "multilingualism" should boost the status of the Welsh language in Europe, a Plaid Cymru MEP said today.

In the search for jobs for two new Commissioners when Bulgaria and Romania join the EU in January, Brussels has created a language portfolio for Romanian candidate Leonard Orban.

Read more: Welsh
Posted by Kwintessential at 6:50 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

hungary lags behind in internet use

During the first quarter of 2006, 42% of Hungarians used the internet at least once a week, compared to an average of 47% for all people living in the 25 member states of the European Union, according to a Friday news release from Eurostat, the statistical arm of the European Commission.

Just 32% of Hungarian households had access to the internet during the same period, the third lowest figure among the EU-25 behind only Greece (23%) and Slovakia (27%). A full 52% of households in the European Union were equipped to surf the Web in the first three months of the year, up from 48% in the same period in 2005.

Read more: Hungary
Posted by Kwintessential at 6:47 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

word of the day: peripatetic

peripatetic \pair-uh-puh-TET-ik\, adjective:
1. Of or pertaining to walking about or traveling from place to place; itinerant.
2. Of or pertaining to the philosophy taught by Aristotle (who gave his instructions while walking in the Lyceum at Athens), or to his followers.

1. One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant.
2. A follower of Aristotle; an Aristotelian.

Nevertheless, the attachment which in later life he developed towards Charleston suggests that his peripatetic childhood had left unsatisfied his need for a permanent home. -- Frances Spalding, Duncan Grant: A Biography

I was born in Italy, my sister on the west coast of Canada, because my father was pursuing a peripatetic career as an artist. -- Anna Shapiro, USA Today, July 13, 2000

Posted by Kwintessential at 6:12 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Cross Cultural Articles  Cross Cultural Communication  Cross Cultural Training
Foreign Language Tuition   Translation  Translation Articles