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American Expat in Kochi, India

Shevlin Sebastian from The New Indian Express, Kochi, wrote this piece on Jennifer Kumar in October 2011. This is reprinted with the author’s permission. Photo credits: Krishna Kumar. An American in Kakkanad Jennifer Kumar, who is married to a Malayali, is slowly adjusting to life in Kochi. One night, in 1995, Jennifer Kumar had a […]

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Polite (and Rude) Ways to Interrupt in [American] English

There are many reasons why a person may interrupt others while speaking. First and foremost, when interacting with US clients, Indian developers must learn about the conversational cues. Culturally speaking, these cues are sometimes different when talking about the USA and India. If a lack of understanding of these cues creates a situation where the […]

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“How did it go?” – Meanings & How to Answer

Asking “How did it go?” is a common question used in American English, and at work. This kind of question could be in relation to work related tasks or small talk.  When to ask, how to answer? Task-Based Examples:  “So team, how did the product launch go?”  “How did the meeting with the client go?”  […]

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Speak English Confidently with US Clients

Are you preparing for an interview in the US or with your American offshore team? Will you be delivering a sales presentation to an American client? Or, maybe you are preparing to discuss changing project deadlines on your next status call?  To be able to communicate your message in a way Americans would find confident […]

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Saying Thank You in Business E-mails

How do I say “thank you”?/What other words or phrases can I use to say “thank you”?   How often should I say “thank you”?   For what reasons do I say “thank you”?   While foreigners in the US or working remotely with Americans know saying, “Thank you” is important to Americans, many are […]

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How Do I Make a Good Handshake with Americans?

It takes less than 10 seconds to make a good impression. In business interactions – be that interaction an interview or a client meet and greet, one of the first elements of our first impressions is the handshake.  Let’s take a look at how to approach Americans with the right body language, eye contact and […]

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Reasons Indian Expats Visit India After Moving to the US

Being lulled into slumber laying beach side under a coconut tree or umbrella, being served tender coconut water in a coconut, while watching others leisurely stroll by leaving their footprints in the sand as they pick up shells and leave their cares behind. This may be the split second imagery a typical American may get […]

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Mission R2I: Return to India

The early morning fragrance of the Mogra flowers, the tall mango trees, playing cricket in the lane and running away when the errant ball smashes a glass window, celebrations, festivals, aren’t all these the reasons why so many migrated Indians attempt to return to India? The pull of emotional ties, memories of childhood and adolescence, […]

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Cross-Cultural Training Business Success Stories

Cross-Cultural Business Strategy and Professional Development for Indians working with Americans Success Stories / Case Studies Training Portfolio   Success Story – Cabot Solutions:    Building a Convincing Professional Brand with Canadian Counterparts    Client context: A mobility solutions provider with Canadian clients wanted a cross-cultural soft-skills trainer with an in-depth understanding of client requirements.   […]

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Suite vs. Suit: Frequently Mispronounced Words

It has come to my attention that many are pronouncing SUITE as SUIT. SUITE is pronounced exactly the same as SWEET. (Click here to hear the pronunciation.) If you have a sweet tooth and love to eat SWEETS, you can surely get the right pronunciation of SUITE. In the image in this post, “sweet” is […]

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