3 Tactics for Better Communication (Gleaned from Speaking Another Language)

Simply speaking louder not working? There are some things that non-native speakers may automatically do when speaking across a language barrier.  Turns out, these are good habits to transfer to same language communication.  Taking interest in your communication partner, really trying to understand and connect, are always good practices.  Here are three tactics to help.…

Phrase Books, Google Translate, Professional Translation: Having Fun and Making Connections in Another Language

“I’m totally f—ed,” my generally polite father announced as he entered the room, open book in hand. “What!?” we screamed, taken aback. “I’m f—ed,” he repeated. “That means I’ve made a mistake, right?” I should clarify—he said this in Portuguese, and the book in hand was a Portuguese/English phrase book. And, yes, he did make…

3 Tips to Help the Reluctant (aka Nervous) Networker

I volunteered to man the water table at International Night at my son’s school the other night.  I joined the other parents lingering back behind the self-serve station.  For fun, I decided to spell “SAA” (acronym for the Science and Arts Academy) with the water bottles, and ‘voila!’, the quiet water station became a spark…