April 28, 2017

What to Wear on Independence Day in the U.S.

As the most anticipated summertime holiday, celebrating the 4th of July in the U.S. is something to look forward to. Let's see what people wear to show their affection or patriotism for America on this special day. 

While many countries have an Independence Day, it may not be customary to wear anything special to show one's affinity to the country. As a foreigner, expat or international student in the U.S., there are a few things you can wear to show others you are commemorating or celebrating the holiday. 

What is the Fourth of July?

"My American client wished me a happy 4th of July. What does that mean? It's just a date, right?"

As an American, born and raised, this question totally took me off guard! When it was asked, I answered with a stunned silence, trying to get into the person's head who asked me this to think of their context. The person who asked me was an Indian (from India), who does celebrate Independence Day in India, but on August 15, not July 4th. Also, as far as I know, I have never heard Indians say "Happy August 15th" to each other!

April 25, 2017

When to Use Advise or Advice in Office E-mails

The word “advise” is commonly used in work related emails in India. Some common sentences or uses include:
  • “Kindly advise me what to do.” (At the end of an email.)
  • “Frank advised us to….” (In the body of the email.)
  • “I advised the client we would be late to the meeting.”
  • “Please advise your convenient time to meet.” (This is a common way to ask to schedule a meeting.)
  • “Can you advise on the venue?” (Coordinating or scheduling an event.)

April 18, 2017

Books To Improve Business and Conversational English

The Business Communication Coaches and Experts at Authentic Journeys refer to many books and sources to foster your journey to better English communication across global borders. Let's take a look at a few books and resources we recommend you to get your hands on for your own personal and professional communication and soft-skill development.

April 6, 2017

Strikes in India - How It Impacts Life, Work

Strikes in India, as in other places, happen mostly due to political reasons. Sometimes political parties cause drama, or particular events get politicized causing panic or outrage. Sometimes the public transport workers (bus drivers, auto drivers, taxi drivers, others) go on strike to try to get higher wages or for other reasons. Sometimes, the strike happens out of support to an injustice that happened to a person or a group of people, as in the strike that happened today, April 4, 2016 in Kerala, India.

When do you know there is a strike? 
Normally, the government or media reports it the day before. In rare cases, I have experienced a strike being called on the spot (This happened only once in the six years I have been in India. I will talk about that more below.)