The use of silence across cultures

Do you fill the silence in conversations? Do you feel the urge to respond while the other person is still speaking? Communication varies across languages and cultures, and multilinguals can adjust to different patterns, paces and turn takings. Can you?

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How to adjust your international language

When I saw this interview with Roger Federer the other day, I couldn’t resist but share it in my facebook group Multilingual Families. It is a perfect example for why, when we use our language in international settings, we shouldn’t assume that sayings, metaphors (and abbreviations!) are universal.   https://twitter.com/thefield_in/status/1409944054020722693?s=20   In this particular example, […]

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Finger-counting across cultures

[update May 2023] Finger-counting varies considerably across cultures, and not only: it can vary within a same culture too!   The following examples present conventional finger-counting systems in several countries.   I asked in my facebook groups – and among speakers of different languages in my community – about how people count with their fingers […]

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How to listen actively

There are many different types of listening. Active listening is a skill that we can acquire and develop with practice and it is a skill that I train in my extended version of intercultural communication trainings – because it takes time and patience to develop. Like the name suggests, active listening means to actively listen. It […]

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The importance of Listening in Intercultural Communication

One of the most important skills to learn in effective intercultural communication is listening. Without this ability, messages are easily misunderstood and the communication breaks down. Listening is one of the most important trainings for everyone – parents, teachers, educators, employees, employers… – because good listening skills lead to: better mutual understanding greater effectiveness (and […]

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