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Cross country, across cultures.

What Is Your Single Story?

A few weeks ago, I watched a fantastic talk by Chimamanda Adichie about "The Danger of A Single Story". The talk is a year old, but the message is ageless. It made me think about what my stories of "single stories" are. I have a few, actually, here is one that particularly struck me. When I left for the US in 1987, I was hosted in an American family for a night. My English at the time was rather bad, not to say inexistant, and I struggled trying to understand what was going... Lire la suite

I Didn't Feel So White

I went to South Africa for the week-end. It was a few weeks ago already, but ever since I've wanted to write something about it. A week-end, mind you, is definitely not enough to get the hang of a country, but I guess it is just enough to get a feel of it. So what I remember, in a nutshell and a non exhaustive kind of way. It starts, I guess, with the "Armed response" signs and the spiked fences. (As an aside, it is interesting to see that typing "fence armed response" as a... Lire la suite

Petit résumé de mon voyage éclair en Afrique du Sud. L'omniprésence des panneaux "armed response" (réponse armée) sur les murs des maisons, fraude à la carte bancaire, l'hiver en plein été et le fait que je ne me suis pas sentie "blanche".

How Intercultural Is Social Media?

Via Twitter, I stumbled across this blogpost, talking about Social Media and Intercultural Communication. Interesting, I thought, as I believe "culture" is an essential component of Social Media to start with. I was left with a sense of non-achieved to some extent, as I think this blogpost does not really reflect how cultural boundaries are pushed away thanks to online communication. For one, I am missing hard facts. The blogpost starts with a bunch of statements that don't seem to be... Lire la suite

Les médias sociaux, contrairement à ce que j'ai lu dans un billet de blog, permettent à mon avis de transcender les cultures, notamment nationales. Parce que les gens peuvent échanger sur des sujets précis, basés sur leurs intérêts communs, ils trouvent un point d'entrée qui permet une conversation autrement impossible et ce, quel que soit leur bagage culturel.

Of Language and Thought: Gender Awareness

In an article titled "Does Your Language Shape How You Think?", Guy Deutscher tackles how our mother tongue may or may not shape our thoughts. The state of research as he presents it shows how language affect our relation to the world. Deutscher speaks about gender, space, color and even reality and how those are affected by the language we speak. The article is highly interesting, you should read it. As I have already written about in other posts on this blog, the subject is one that... Lire la suite

Partant d'un article du New York Times sur la question essentielle de savoir si la langue que nous parlons décide de nos pensées, quelques considérations sur la langue en général et en particulier l'utilisation de différents genres pour les mêmes choses, notamment en français et allemand.

Why the Accent Is so Important

You may know, or may not know, that we just had a son. He's now almost 7 weeks old and we took him to Wikimania in Poland. For that purpose, we had a passport made. You may remember, or may not remember, that passport making in the family is quite an adventure. Well, our son got his double hyphen alright, but they forgot his accent. Well, they forgot mine, really, since the accent is on my name. Not a tragedy, especially since the German passport has the last name written in capital letters, so... Lire la suite

Où la pub p)our une application iPhone sur le site spotify fait du multitâche une histoire un peu sale, faute d'accent.

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communication(s)

Empathy, Culture and the Words You Use

06/04/2012 - In the many scales that exist about characterizing one's personality, be it Myers Briggs or Process Com, i inevitably fall under the "empathic" or "feeling"… Lire la suite

quadratische quiche

Redlichkeit ist eine Kunst

08/01/2013 - Redlichkeit ist eine Kunst, die die Deutsche beherrschen. Echt. Die Franzosen, nur manchmal. Lasst ihr mir euch ein Paar Beispiele geben. Ich lebe seit 7 Jahren in Deutschland, und… Lire la suite

the other words

How Speaking Too Many Languages Is Limiting

05/05/2013 - I know, by saying this - that speaking too many languages is limiting- I probably go against years and hours and sweat tears of very dubious as well as very serious research that… Lire la suite

somewhere else

I Didn't Feel So White

07/10/2010 - I went to South Africa for the week-end. It was a few weeks ago already, but ever since I've wanted to write something about it. A week-end, mind you, is definitely not enough to… Lire la suite

everyday life

Job Hunting: How Culturally Unconventional Can You Be?

01/06/2009 - I've always wondered if I could find a job in Germany. Not so much because of my competence or lack thereof, but rather about whether I could, or couldn't, conform to the German… Lire la suite

wiki world

Wikimedia Fundraiser: Donating Close to Home

10/12/2008 - Ever since I have been working within Wikimedia, I have tried to understand what the best way to conduct a fundraising was. I mean, what are the tools and definitions people need… Lire la suite

on my way

About "Ceci n'est pas une endive"

16/11/2007 - This blog has been turning in my head for quite a long time, actually ever since I gave a presentation at Wikimania last year in Taipei, about cultural differences. The name is a… Lire la suite

when you're a stranger

What Is Your Single Story?

17/01/2011 - A few weeks ago, I watched a fantastic talk by Chimamanda Adichie about "The Danger of A Single Story". The talk is a year old, but the message is ageless. It made me… Lire la suite

about the world

Quand la pub joue avec les stéréotypes culturels

18/05/2009 - Cet après-midi, en buvant mon café, j'ai feuilleté le dernier numéro de Géo sur l'Islande. Comme souvent quand je lis un magazine, je me suis arrêtée sur certaines pubs et… Lire la suite

Focus

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… Lire la suite

Addressing an International Audience

Last Friday, I attended the Going Solo conference in Lausanne, a one-day conference for freelancers. I was very impressed with the quality of the speakers and of course, I tried… Lire la suite

About "Ceci n'est pas une endive"

This blog has been turning in my head for quite a long time, actually ever since I gave a presentation at Wikimania last year in Taipei, about cultural differences. The name is a… Lire la suite