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Basketball Idioms & March Madness

In today’s post, Matt Wade answers some questions about basketball and March Madness, especially for those who are new to the game and the country.  1. Are there any idioms or phrases people used related to basketball?  “Seed” The tournament brackets consists of 4 groupings. The seeding in each bracket is 1 – 16, with 1 […]

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Expat in India – What is it like to live as a foreigner in India?

India, Where Anything, Everything and Nothing Can Disrupt Your Plans. By: Jennifer Kumar Originally published in 2015.  Village girls in a remote village in Tamil Nadu giggled at us and passed comments on how weak we city girls were as my classmate and I together carried one bucket of water back to our rural camp. […]

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Traffic Rules for NRIs and Expats in the USA

“Driving in India is crazy!” This is the general sentiment of foreigners in India and even NRIs who return to India. It is only once we experience something different and have a reference point of comparison, we realize what the actual differences are. These few traffic and pedestrian rules may not be followed in many […]

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Convince, Influence & Negotiate with US Americans

Have you found yourself in any of the following situations with US or Native English Speaking Westerners (US, Canada, Australia, UK):   Wanting to change meeting times with clients or end the meeting early?  Wanting to push back on deadlines or suggested time frames?  Wanting to say no politely or negotiate on the tasks or […]

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Get Ready to Go Onsite to the USA

US Business & Expat Success Program This training session, also known as the Expat to the US, will provide a context to understanding US Americans and US corporate culture better before international assignments and onsite client to the United States. Regardless if you are an IT professional, a software developer, financial expert, or business analyst, […]

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Betrayed By Your Own Culture – An Expat’s Journey Home

Have you ever felt like a fish out of water in your own hometown, in your own culture, and while speaking “your own language?”   I know Alphonsine Imaniraguha would be nodding her head in agreement to that question, a question that those who have never left their hometown or country may be shaking their head […]

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Role of Potluck Parties in the NRI and Expat Culture

Potluck parties are a common feature in the Non-Resident Indian (hereafter, NRI) culture in America. The ‘culture shock’ and learning curve of such parties has even been brought out in NRI novels such as ‘India Was One.’ When many NRIs land in the USA, they want to get together, socialize, and most importantly eat. These […]

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Phrases, Questions, Idioms Used in American Restaurants

From the greetings to the conclusion of your visit to ordinary restaurants in the US, you may hear some words or phrases that are new to you. Let’s look at a few of those statements, phrases, idioms and questions.  In Fast Food Restaurants   “For here or to go?”  If you go inside a fast food […]

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Ordering at a Fast Food Restaurant in the US

“I did not order inside a fast food restaurant until I was in the US for a few years!”   “I did not even attempt to use a drive through for several years after living in the US!”   These are a few answers my friends from India had to the questions, “How long did […]

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Restaurant Etiquette and Mannerisms in the US

On your next business trip to the US, your American colleague may ask you to join them for dinner. There are many kinds of restaurants that you may be invited to – chain restaurants, local restaurants, diners, sit-down restaurants or fast food restaurants.          The first thing to keep in mind, especially […]

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