¡Hola! Hej, Olá, Hello! Did you like my daily cultural tip above? I'm full of them; so come back as often as you like for more.
I'm the Kwintessential Culture Vulture. My job is to guide you in the right direction when browsing our fabulous website. We are packed with great articles, tools, gadgets, information and resources. I keep all of these nicely wrapped up below for you making sure you find what you need. You can always use the search bar [look right] to find something or even call one of the gang in the office to help you out. Enjoy! Adios!
As a Culture Vulture I love these pages. The most popular section of our site these are loved by many, plagiarised by even more.
From Afganisation to Angola, we cover everything from language to culture to customs to etiquette to tips on doing business....and it's all free! It's everything you need to know about a country in a simple snap-shot.
OK so we provide professional translation services as part of our business, but this doesn't stop us giving away translations.
If you want to simply get the gist of what something says in a foreign language then check this tool out.You can also translate into Arabic, French, German, Spanish...and the list goes on.
Travelling to a country for the first time for business can be daunting. I never fly anywhere new without first reading up on the local culture.
Our "Doing business in..." guides give a simple and succinct introduction to how business is done in various countries covering basics like the local values, etiquette and communication styles.
Do you know what 'ornithology' means? No? Neither did I till Kwintessential developed this dictionary.
Any English word you need to know the meaning of, this is where you come. So get going and find out what ornithology means (unless you're a real clever clogs and already know).
I remember when I migrated over to the UK from Africa - wow what a culture shock! For one I forgot to bring my waterproofs...
If only I had read one of the expat guides; these cover everything you need to know before moving to a foreign country from the weather to the culture to the practicalities of daily life.
I'm learning a whole bunch of lanuages at the moment including French, Spanish and Arabic.
Whenever I come across a word I don't know the meaning of I flap my way over here. The online translation dictionary allows you to enter a word and get its meaning in one or several different languages.
If you'd like to pick up some phrases before travelling abroad for business or pleasure then we've got just the ticket.
Our language phrases cover some of the main world languages and concentrate on basic, everyday phrases that help you get by and make a good impression with the locals.
The guys at Kwintessential used to receive lots of questions from clients asking them to identify languages.
Sometimes work gets busy but it's not our style to say 'no', so we developed this language identifier. Just copy and paste in your text, click and we'll let you know what language your document(s) are in. Simple.
I love a good quiz; since I came here from Africa I've even joined the local pub team! Check out our online quizzes.
See how much of a culture vulture you are with our quizzes on language, cultural differences, etiquette, international business and more! If you do well then come join our quiz team!
So this neat little tool was developed to get rid of all that rubbish coding you get when you look at the backend coding of a website.
Once you get rid of it, you are left with a clean document to give you a word count. If you need to translate a website into a foreign language and can't see the wood for the trees due to the coding, then make life easier and use this tool.
Our blogs go back to 2004. You can find the old ones in our Library section but our new one is bang up-to-date with news and views.
I keep my finger on the cultural pulse by visiting the blog everyday. Remember to check out some of my own articles. Yes I am a clever vulture!
If you want to do some research into keywords for SEO, Google ads and online searches then this is a good place to start.
Just type in the keyword in English, choose your language and you get the equivalent in the target language. Remember to check with the guys at Kwintessential if you want some professional advice.
We have our own You Tube channel with lots of great videos about the world we live and breath - language, culture and global business.
Pop on over to You Tube to check a few out. We'd love to hear your feedback and see your comments. If you have a video you would like to share with us then send it on over.
Yes we offer website translations as part of our business but we also let you have some for free.
We have a little tool you can add to your own website that allows visitors to see your website in their language(s). Yes and it's free...
When I was studying to become the Culture Vulture, I had to learn about dimensions and especially those of Prof. Hofstede.
This tool takes his research and uses it in a very funky tool which allows you to compare your culture against another and get tips on how to work and communicate more effectively with them. Simply brilliant.
Need a local translation company? Well if you don't want to use us at Kwintessential (big mistake) then use our UK Translation Directory.
It will find your nearest translation services. If you are a translator or agency, then you can add yourselves into the directory for absolutely free.
Luckily I don't have to manage anyone however, lots of you out there are managers and manage culturally diverse teams.
We've got some great, insightful guides to managing across cultures and in specific countries. Do we ask for anything in return? Nope...maybe just share the page with the world if you can.
As our UK Translation Directory was so popular we developed one for our cousins over the great pond in the United States of America.
So if you need a translation company in California or a translator in Connecticut, this directory is what you need.