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Many people approaching India from a strict production economy viewpoint and aiming only to maximize the return on their investment and the predictability of their operations will soon encounter their share of challenges. They often have their roots in cultural miscommunication: scheduling conflicts for projects, communication challenges, even personnel ...
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Somebody once said that you can buy in any language, but you can sell only in the language of the buyer. So, what do you do when you are entering a new market, such as Russia, and you don’t have the time, or the means, to learn the buyer’s language? It’s certainly not enough to prepare a flashy slide deck in the hopes of doing business in Russia; you ...
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My New Year’s resolutions take the usual form of promising to go to the gym, or to watch what I eat, or to be ridiculously positive in my outlook on life. But, for this new year I’m planning on another form of mindfulness -  minding my Ps and Qs. Mind your Ps and Qs is an old expression in English that means to mind your manners, or ...
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It was in 2004 that I realized I had been getting mixed messages about Christmas. Standing at a snow-covered bus stop in Tapiola I saw an old grey Toyota Corolla pull up at the lights across the road. Because there was very little else happening at 4 pm on a Christmas Eve, I glanced over to see who was driving. It was Santa! I couldn’t believe my eyes. But where was Rudolph the Red-Nosed ...
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One of the things I love about language training is the variety: No two clients are ever the same; no two lessons are ever the same.
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Why do native English speakers hate group emails so much? What about info share sessions? Well, it’s because — although most natives don’t realize it — they’re probably following something called the Cooperative Principle, identified in the 1970s by the linguist Paul Grice. Not following the principle is a sure-fire way to make your receiver (listener or reader) ...
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Over the past few years, the favorite blog subject of all language professionals has been the social media and its impact on the Finnish language. I can't help touching upon this subject either, and adding my piece to the debate.
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Nov 06

Small talk? The smaller, the better.

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Cultural differences, Communication

by Antti Seppänen November 6, 2014 at 10:06 PM
“Finns don't do small talk.” This is what everyone has always been saying and wondering over the years. Of course, this is largely untrue. We can also talk about the weather, ask how the other party's trip went, or pretend to be fascinated about their new shoes.
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Soccer as such – an sich, as the Germans say – might be boring for those who are not at all interested in the sport. However, when watching the soccer World Cup, one could see that a whole lot of aspects were included in this rather simple team sport. Even passive viewers of the World Cup received proper initiation to the diverse phenomena of the sport through coffee table ...
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The legendary Greek philosopher Aristotle listed three rhetorical appeals; ethos, pathos and logos. The fourth was wine, but as we already know its appeal well enough, we will leave any further discussion of it till May 1, Midsummer or New Year's Eve.
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