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Understand Words and Vocabulary in English

Can’t find the word? Use the same words over and over? Worried your vocabulary sounds too simplistic?  Let’s take a look at a few simple ways you can improve your vocabulary.  Lost the Word?  Well first, take a breath. It’s ok to breathe! And, if you feel more pressure because you are speaking to US […]

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Slang or Idiomatic Terms to Refer to Money in the US

Paper money in the US can be referred to by a lot of words that don’t sound anything like the word money. Below are a few words or phrases used to refer to money, specifically paper money in different parts of the US.  Word list of Slang or Idioms Meaning Money in the USA Bacon […]

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Cultured and Cosmopolitan: US Citizen Living in Kerala, India

She expertly takes the tip of her munthani forward, walks to her plants and smiles for the camera. There is bindi on her forehead and sindoor where her hair parts. Jennifer Kumar can, after a year of settling in Kochi, effortlessly merge into a crowd of Malayali women. Her Indian connection started years ago when […]

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4 Tips to Keep in Mind When Making Small Talk with Americans

Learn more about ourSmall Talk Program. “Once I learned how to make small talk with my US clients, every interaction was more comfortable. I was at ease to bring up any doubts or questions I had with clients I was able to make more small talk with.”  While small talk is important in many work […]

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How Can I Improve My Listening Skills with US or Native English Speakers?

Exposure is key when improving listening comprehension in any language. For many I train, who live in India and work with foreign native English speaking clients, immersion with the local, native speakers in the US, UK, or Canada is simply not realistic. Below are a few tips to increase exposure to native speakers.   Be […]

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Paycheck Deductions in the US

For international assignees and expats in the US that earn in US dollars, understanding your pay stub, deductions and take home pay can be overwhelming and confusing. I have found a few videos that will provide a basic introduction on how to read pay stubs. Keep in mind that pay stubs and deductions can vary […]

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Small Talk for Memorial Day – The Last Monday of May

While the official reason for Memorial Day is to commemorate the fallen soldiers who have fought for the country, the unofficial reasons dominate small talk discussions among many during this time of the year.   Basic Facts About Memorial Day in the US and Small Talk Topics  When is Memorial Day in 2019?   In […]

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Do I Have the Skills To Adapt to Another Culture?

Have you ever wondered, “Can I adapt to another culture?”  Well, I shall turn that question around on you and ask:  Have you made changes in your life?  Have you ever adapted to anything new or different in your life?  If you ever have: Moved to various schools as a student…. Tried to make friends […]

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Small Talk is NOT a Viva, folks!

Does the idea of small talk with US clients make you freak out and want to run away? Does it bring back memories of your college days when your teacher made you stand in front of the class to defend your thesis during your viva?  You know what the good news is?  Small talk is […]

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American Accent Lessons for Software Teams in India – Over 65 Words With Video Tutorial

What are some commonly mispronounced or misunderstood words said by engineers in India? Based on accent training programs given to more than 500 professionals working on global teams with Americans, the following words often are identified as target words for pronunciation practice and clarity in face-to-face and phone conversations.  Follow the list bellow, divided into […]

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