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The Canadian Communication Style

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How do Canadians communicate?

Well, different cultures communicate in different ways and Canada is no different.

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Understanding Culture when Marketing to the Hispanic and Latino Community

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Did you know that the buying power of Hispanic consumers has increased  by 212%, to $1.5 trillian this decade (2010 -2020)?

Hispanic now account for 1/6 of American consumers, making this community a valuable prospect.

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Gary Lineker, the Prostrating Muslim Footballers and Cultural Sensitivity

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Gary Lineker is facing criticism for his live comments on Al Jazeera that were seen to be offensive to Muslims.

You can hear what he said in the video below.

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Podolski Suffering from "Football Culture Shock"

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Culture shock is often referred to as the experience an exptriate or tourist travelling to a new country goes through.

Did you ever think culture shock could happen to a premiership footballer?

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Cyber Monday and Other Cultural Celebrations in December

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Cyber Monday isn't the only part of December celebrations.

There are some fantastic celebrations taking place in other cultures and countries which are not widely known, but still deserve online retailers' attention.

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Afghan Jokes on Cultural Differences

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You wouldn't think war would bring out a people's sense of humour but, in Afghanistan, the cross-cultural interaction between locals and troops actually became the subject for of some very funny stories.

When a country is involved in a war, humour is usually miles away.

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Cultural Tips to Make Exporting to Japan and China a Success!

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Do you export?

AstraZeneca's Stuart Anderson offers some insights into the importance of understanding and adapting to the local culture in order to maximise success.

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What are Some Examples of Different Christmas Celebrations Around the World?

What are Some Examples of Different Christmas Celebrations Around the World?

In many Western cultures, the Christmas celebrations are more or less the same or thereabouts.

The family gathers on Christmas Eve, a Christmas mass is possibly attended and presents are unwrapped.

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Cultural Training will Not Solve Racism in Football

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It's 2021 and racism is still continues to rear it's ugly head in football. 

From comdemnation, to campaigns and zero tolerance in the stadiums, the FA is facing an unrelenting struggle.

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Civil Engineer Helps Construction Industry Go Global

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Ever thought of going global in the design and construction world?

You might run into problems you didn’t expect to occur.

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Gamification and Cultural Differences

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Playing games at work?

From the work floor to education, gamification is becoming more and more common in a lot of areas.

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Cultural Differences and Christmas Decorations

Cultural Differences and Christmas Decorations

We are all familiar with traditional Christmas decorations.

The Christmas trees, mistletoe and other red, gold and green ornaments.

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Cultural Intelligence Helps Job Performance

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By overlooking the importance of intercultural training, companies do not get the most out of their employees.

David Livmore is here to make us aware of the significance of knowing a bit more about  your co-workers’ cultures.

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Tesco Close American Stores due to Cultural Differences

Tesco Close American Stores due to Cultural Differences

Tesco has recently announced that their chain of American supermarkets, Fresh & Easy, will be closed entirely.

The reason for this? Unexpected cultural differences.

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What are Some Cultural Differences Around Christmas Food?

What are Some Cultural Differences Around Christmas Food?

Different cultures have different food traditions, even at the Christmas table.

Are you tired with the traditional Christmas roasts, pudding and chocolates?

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How Boston is Using Cultural Awareness to Attract Chinese Tourists

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As many Chinese tourists only pay a brief visit to the city, local Boston companies are now getting training to increase their appeal to this important group of visitors (and revenue stream).

According to The BBC, many Chinese tourists travel to the United States for their holidays. The top three American cities they visit are New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC, but Boston isn’t far behind.

However, the Chinese often only visit this city to check out universities like Harvard and the MIT, resulting in very short visits that aren’t very beneficial for the local Boston businesses.

If Chinese visitors could stay longer, the boom to the local economy could be massive.

Jolin Zhou, who works for the Chinese tour operator Sunshine Travel in Boston, tells a story about a Chinese man and his teenage son who had come to Boston to look at universities. "One day he asked my co-worker, 'Can you recommend a meal, a good restaurant and bring me there? The best restaurant in Boston, no matter how expensive.' My co-worker brought him to a restaurant; they spent $1,000 for two of them for dinner."

Zhou told this story to participants of a tourism workshop that was set up by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. The Office wants to attract more Chinese people to the region as the middle class in China consists of about 300 million people who are spending more and more time abroad. In terms of most visitors per country, they are the ninth biggest group in the US, and the fastest growing one. They even rank third in the biggest spenders when travelling abroad.

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Is Anglo-Indian Culture Fading into Oblivion?

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Even though modern-day society seems to become more intercultural every year, the opposite is true for the Anglo-Indian community where Western traditions and appearances meet those of the Indian subcontinent.

The BBC recently looked at the fate of the Ango-Indian culture which offers a fascinating insight into this little known group.

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What's an Example of a Company Benefitting from Intercultural Training?

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You might think cultural training is only useful for people and businesses that are associated with global business - for example, international sales teams or global managers.

You would be wrong! Raising cultural awareness is useful for everyone and anyone. 

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Why Merging Cultures is Crucial for Merging Companies

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As a company, it is never easy to unify an existing business with a newly acquired one through a merger or aquisition.

In fact, a study by Isaac Dixon, "Culture Management and Mergers and Acquisitions," showed that cultural differences were at the heart of 30% failed mergers and aquisitions. 

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Does Culture Impact Cancer Survival Rates in the UK?

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It is well a known fact that a very British cultural trait is to keep yourself to yourself and not to bother others or cause them inconvenience.

The "stiff upper lip" as it is sometimes known.

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