What is Navarathri and How is it Celebrated in Different Parts of India?

What is Navarathri? Navarathri is a festival 9 day festival celebrated by Hindus worldwide that is dedicated to worshiping the nine forms of the goddess (Devi).   What does Navarathri mean in English? Navarathri means nine nights in English. To break the word down, nav means nine while rathri means night.   When is Navarathri? […]

Finding Peace With A Difficult Situation

We have all faced difficult situations. Some leave us wondering how we allowed ourselves to be treated so badly, while others really seem to leave permanent, and traumatic scars. These scars are emotional, mental, and psychological (some may also argue, psychic). In our constant efforts to be better people, overcome difficult situations and improve our […]

Strengths and Weaknesses Interview Question

If you are preparing for an interview, it’s time to think about how to answer the strengths and weaknesses interview question. Let’s take a look at a few strategies to answer this question.   Tips for talking about Strengths and Weaknesses – Interview Question Preparation Tips for talking about strengths: Choose strengths that match job […]

How to Answer Teamwork Questions for Client Facing Interviews

Many interviewers will ask questions related to how well you work as part of a team. Sometimes this can be a trick question. Do study the position you are applying for in advance. Does the position require you to work on a team, be an individual contributor or both?   Let’s look at some strategies […]

“Why Did You Leave Your Last Employer?” – Dos and Don’ts in Answering this Question

Tips for Interviewing with US Employers If your American interviewer asks any of the following questions:  Why do you want to work here (with us)? Why did you leave your last employer? Why did you join your current employer? DO – Focus on reasons that highlight professional GROWTH Discuss how the move helps you to […]

Tell Me About Yourself – Tough Interview Questions Tutorials

One of the first questions an interviewer is bound to ask is: “Tell me about yourself.”  Actually this is more of a statement because it doesn’t end in a question mark! That being said, it is also one of the few places in American English (and probably English in general) where the phrase “tell me” is […]

Difference between Slang, Buzzwords, and Jargon

There is a lot of confusion between slang, buzzwords, corporate jargon and industry specific jargon. Let’s take a look at each of these categories of terms for a clearer understanding. What is slang?  Slang are vocabulary words or phrases that are used within particular groups or in particular decades, age groups or time periods. By […]

Ask Americans About Weekend Plans

In the video below, Lindsay shares three questions you can use with your American colleagues to ask them about their weekend. Below the video see a list of the three questions with additional ideas for your conversational diversity.     13 Ways to Ask Americans About Weekend Plans   Lindsay’s ideas for asking about someone’s weekend: […]

8 American English Idioms Meaning “To Be Direct”

The following phrases or idioms mean to be direct or frank:  Call a spade a spade.  Come clean.  Don’t beat around the bush.  Get down to brass tacks.  Let the chips fall where they may.  Put all your cards on the table.  Tell it like it is.  Cut to the chase.  Video tutorials of select […]

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