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24 Tips on Dealing with Stress at Work

We all face stress at work and in our life in general. Typically, most of us do not associate stress with happy things or good and peaceful feelings. Therefore, most of us either try to avoid stress or dislike stress. It is impossible to avoid stress, so, even if we never like stress, we have […]

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What is Kerala Piravi & Facts about Kerala

What is Kerala Piravi?  Kerala Piravi (Kerala Day) is the birthday of the state of Kerala is Southwestern India. See the map to the right. The red highlighted section is Kerala State.  When was the birthdate of Kerala?  November 1, 1956. As of 2019, Kerala turns 63! (Note: India’s Independence Day/Date is August 15, 1947.) […]

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Small Talk Conversation Starters: Halloween

Looking for a list of questions you can use to start conversations with your American colleagues about Halloween? The questions in this post can be used at the water cooler, in the break room or over lunch to make small talk about Halloween, which falls on October 31 every single year!  Making Small Talk with US […]

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What Does the Phrase ‘Turn Down’ Mean?

“I was turned down some 40 times before I was hired at this company!”  This was said by a person who applied for 40 different positions at the same company in different parts of the US. Apparently, he loved that company so much he kept trying until he got it!  I heard this sentence in […]

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How Can a Language Consultant Help Me?

Language services encompasses areas of speaking (interpretation) and writing (translation). Clients have come to Authentic Journeys for help in both areas of language, especially when looking at translating and interpreting differences between different Global Englishes (with focus on Indian and American English).  Recently, I was able to attend a national symposium in the U.S. on […]

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How to Clean Your Bathroom – Specifically Bathtubs in the U.S.

It’s funny what living abroad does to you. It can make you forget very ordinary things you used to do without even thinking about it before you lived outside your own country. For me, one of the things living in India made me forget was how to clean the bathtub. Hence, I heard myself asking […]

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Basic Facts About Independence Day in India

Introduction to Basic Facts about India When is India’s Independence Day?  August 15.   When did India gain Independence from the British?  In 1947.  What day or days are given off for this holiday?  If it falls on a working day, only that particular working day is given off. It is true that some offices […]

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Talking About “Back to School”: Small Talk in the USA

“There’s 104 days of summer vacation, and school comes along just to end it…”  The title song lyrics to the Disney cartoon Phineas and Ferb sums up the feeling that most American kids have between early August and early September. After a long summer vacation, kids and preparing to go back to school during this time […]

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What to Wear on Independence Day in the U.S.

As the most anticipated summertime holiday, celebrating the 4th of July in the U.S. is something to look forward to. Let’s see what people wear to show their affection or patriotism for America on this special day.  While many countries have an Independence Day, it may not be customary to wear anything special to show […]

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British vs. American English: Word Lists, Grammar Tips, Accent and More

This post will provide an overview of some of the key differences of British (United Kingdom – UK) English and American English. This post will give you guidelines in how to use these two languages, especially in interacting with American clients. These two Englishes vary in many ways: Spelling Grammar Accent  Word Use Slang While […]

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