10 tips for communicating with non-native English speakers

By Sue Bryant
22nd November 2017

When English is your native tongue, it’s all too easy to imagine that everybody else speaks it. Anglophones are famously lazy at learning other languages. And because they haven’t generally had to learn another language from scratch to a level of fluency sufficient for doing business, they can lack empathy with a colleague who is speaking English as a second language.

Imagine an international meeting. With English as their common language, but not their native tongue, the participants, all from different countries, speak clearly and carefully to one another, using relatively simple terminology. The Anglophones, though, speak fast, especially to one another, throwing around slang and jargon and not giving others enough time to formulate responses. As a result, they are in danger of becoming the least understood people in the room. So how can avoid your message getting lost in translation?…

Americans vs Brits – culturally similar or worlds apart?

By Sue Bryant
16th November 2017

Americans and Brits can feel a world apart, culturally as well as geographically. The reality is, of course, that the two have an enormous amount in common in terms of history, values, popular culture and language….

Expat Experience: Bruno Ribeiro (Brazil)

By Terence Brake
14th November 2017

Introducing our new regular feature, Expat Experience. Each time we feature an interview with a international assignee who shares their first hand experiences of expat life….

11 tips for making a good impression in Uganda

By Sue Bryant
10th November 2017

Uganda has successfully transformed itself from a country with a troubled past into one of Africa’s most stable and investment-friendly economies, with one of the largest consumer markets in East Africa. Kampala, the capital, is home to many multinational companies. Yet there are many dichotomies within this beautiful country. Extreme wealth and abject poverty; a surprisingly liberal attitude to some topics but a rigid stance against homosexuality that has been deeply condemned by other nations. Ugandans are friendly and welcoming, but there are things to bear in mind if you want to make a good impression….