Author: <span class="vcard">Estrella</span>

Recently, a few people asked me how they can learn American accent. They are already quite fluent in English. But their co-workers sometimes cannot understand them. What can they do? Here are some ideas you can experiment with…

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What are some reasons we want to get noticed at work? Opportunities? Popularity? Leadership? All are legitimate reasons. At least in the American culture, getting noticed (in good ways) can be advantageous to one’s career. It can lead…

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If you feel English support will help you in your job, your company may pay for it. And if your ESL co-workers also feel the same way, very likely your company will look into it. Companies pay for…

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People who live in Seattle complain about the rain a lot. That’s because we have a lot of it, especially from late Fall to Winter months. Some people have a hard time with this kind of weather, even…

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Have you ever tried to communicate with someone from another country who speaks very little English? Maybe you are a tourist visiting another country or you just know someone here who is unfamiliar with the language. Do you…

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Happy Chinese New Year! Yes, although it’s a week ago, I’m still saying that to my Chinese friends. That’s because the lunar New Year is not a one day celebration. New Year’s Eve is as big an event…

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Leadership styles vary from culture to culture because of the beliefs people grow up with. However, with global mobility, many leaders have lived in more than one culture. Therefore, their practices have evolved and expanded. I have had…

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If your company recruits employees from around the world, likely you have a relocation program. Even so, these programs may not train managers or team members in how to communicate with the newcomers. This article offers tips for…

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