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Stereotypes Are Not Always a Bad Thing

Anyone who has never seen in their mind's eye the chauvinistic Frenchman running around with his béret and his baguette (and the occasional stinky camembert and bottle of red wine) when they thought about the French and anyone who has never Continue reading Stereotypes Are Not Always a Bad Thing

when you're a stranger

Why the French Don't Speak Any Other Language

Now here is a commonplace. I believe I have heard this a million times. The French are terrible, they won't ever speak to you in English or any other language and if you address them in English, they'll be very unpolite and unfriendly. I Continue reading Why the French Don't Speak Any Other Language

communication(s)

Of Values and Grades

A few days ago, as I was surfing along the message board The Local, I ended up on this survey (which I can't take, cos I'm too old, *pout*). So I browsed the different questionnaires, to see. One thing struck me about the value scales (1 to Continue reading Of Values and Grades

everyday life

The Bowl Theory

I'm being lazy today, and I am just translating an article I wrote quite some time ago on my other (dead) blog, which explores the way words are interpreted with a cultural filter. The full title for this post was The Bowl Theory, or The Continue reading The Bowl Theory

the other words

Trick Question: Where Do You Come From?

I arrived yesterday afternoon in sunny Lisbon, Portugal for the Shift Conference where I am giving a talk. Lisbon, for what I have seen so far (the modern part), is a very beautiful city and I'm already loving it. As I arrived, I joined up Continue reading Trick Question: Where Do You Come From?

everyday life

Immigrants, What Countries Are Importing People?

It's interesting to see how people are migrating across the globe. I came across this map thanks to Alexandra while we were socializing at the Frankfurt Girl Geek Dinner. International immigrants The size of each territory indicates the Continue reading Immigrants, What Countries Are Importing People?

about the world