English Alphabets in Malayalam Script – MTI Reduction Tips

The grid below is a lesson in the book “Rapidex English Speaking Course” that demonstrates how to pronounce English letters though the Malayalam script. I am not an expert in Malayalam Linguistics, but from my limited understanding, I would guess this chart is written in a way to reduce the Mother Tongue Influence while spelling […]

Get to Know RapidValue Solutions in Infopark, Kochi

In this installment of the Infopark Startup Series, meet Rinish, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Co-founder of RapidValue Solutions. Jennifer: Greetings Rinish, thank you for your time today. Please introduce the readers of Authentic Journeys to your company.  Rinish: RapidValue is an end-to-end enterprise mobility solutions provider. We provide mobility solutions to the world’s largest […]

Who Pays For Lunch When Going Out With Colleagues?

Have you ever been invited out for lunch or dinner or drinks with your colleagues and wondered if you should pay your own way of if you should let your colleague pay your way? Well, I have some thoughts on that I’d like to share. If your colleague is asking you out for lunch, drinks […]

Cross-Cultural Training, Coaching & Consulting Options

Hello, my name is Jennifer Kumar. I facilitate better, clearer communication and understanding between Indians and U.S. Americans. I am committed to helping you get to the heart of the matter to identify long-lasting solutions through a combination of coaching, consultancy and classwork. Individual and group coaching solutions target the following areas: US Culture Preparation […]

How Real is Culture Shock?

Rather than point you in the direction of academics like Bruce La Brack, David Pollock, Ruth Van Reken, Lynne Mitchell or the reputed training programs given by the Peace Corps, I will try to answer the question “Is culture shock real?” based on my own experience and reading. Everyday people leave one place to go […]

Stop Robotic, Monotonous Speaking – Try This Trick

Let’s take a moment to compare the vowel sounds of Indian languages vs. American English.  Indian Languages:      Have symbols representing short and long vowels in written word  The symbol [typically] always represents the same sound  We know if the vowel sound is long or short both in written and spoken language  If a […]

Sound Confident Speaking in English

Have you been asked to repeat yourself in English?  What are all the possible reasons for this, in your mind?   For most people, the first reason they feel they are being asked to repeat has to do with “accent.” They feel the sounds are distorted or not coming out in the “right” way. While […]

Happy 5th Birthday Authentic Journeys Facebook Page – People, Places and Blogs

It’s hard to believe, but five years have passed since Authentic Journeys made it’s appearance on the Internet. It’s debut on Facebook was on April 1, 2009.  While the Facebook page started on April 1, 2009, the blog started in early 2010. To commemorate five years, let’s take a walk down memory lane to review […]


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