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Idioms give a language its true character. If used correctly, idioms relay messages that instantly draw your audience's attention. Take a look at some of our favorite international idioms below and see if they can be implemented into your vocabulary.
German: Tie a bear to someone.
"Tying a bear to someone" means playing a prank on someone. Ex. "Good job tying a bear on your teacher with the homework excuse."
Japanese: My cheeks are falling off.
"My cheeks are falling off" is an equivalent of "this is delicious!" Ex. "This soup is so good, my cheeks are falling off."
Dutch: Have hair on your teeth.
"Having hair on your teeth" means being self-assertive. Ex. "Jake will be a great public speaker. He always has hair on his teeth."
Polish: Mustard after lunch.
"Mustard after lunch" refers to "missing a window" or when it's too late to do something. Ex. "I've already submitted your final grade. Your project is mustard after lunch."
France is one of the most visited countries around the world. Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Louvre, Panthéon, and Notre-Dame are some of the spectacular attractions the country has to offer. Paris, the capital of France, has been often called “the city of lights,” ‘the city of Romance,” and ‘the culinary capital of the world.” The city definitely stands to its standards: Parisian air is filled with affection, beautiful buildings sparkle in the limelight, and then there is French food… Paris is famous for its incredible cheeses, chocolates, pastries and gateaux; the center is known for its hearty peasant fare, pâté and clafoutis (a kirsch-laden dark cherry pie); Burgundy is home to coq au vin, Dijon mustard and escargots; coastal Brittany has abundant fresh seafood, such as moules marinières (mussels in white wine) and moules frites (mussels with French fries); and Bordeaux is synonymous with many of the most decadent of French foods – foie gras, truffles, duck confit, and fine wines and cognac.
France is also one of the world’s largest economies. Today, France is home to more than 20,000 foreign companies running under many different legal forms. According to the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC), France is ranked 27th in the world for starting a new business. Regardless if the purpose of your trip to France is strictly tourism or more business related, below are some useful facts to make your visit more enjoyable:
Finally, here are some essential French phrases we think travelers should know:
Whether you want a fast-paced city break or a relaxing country vacation, you will find plenty to do throughout France. So, pack your bags and bon voyage!
Communicating across cultures is challenging but could yield big results whether it comes to your business or personal lives. To be a successful cross-cultural communicator you have to be aware of your own cultural biases and understand cultural differences when it comes to communication. It’s important to know whether you conversation partner comes from a high-context society (Mediterranean, Central European, Latin American, African, Arab, Asian) or a low-context society (most Germanic and English speaking countries). For members of high-context societies it’s typical to leave much of the message to be understood through context and between-the-lines. While for low-context cultures, it’s normal to expect messages to be explicit and direct. Also, you need to understand the differences between sequential vs synchronic and affective vs neutral styles. Contact us today to learn more about communication styles and know what you are most likely to encounter when working with members of different cultures.
Success in a global business is about much more than just knowing the language. Cultural competence is the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of cultural, ethic, economic, and religious backgrounds.
The following strategies ( Jones J., 2014) can be utilized to enhance cultural connection: