Miscommunication and the challenge of speaking English differently

One day this man I barely knew looked at me and asked: “last chance for the hotel”. That day I learned that most Indians use the word hotel and restaurant alternatively. So he was not making me an indecent proposal but was just inviting me for an innocent dinner. Continue reading Miscommunication and the challenge of speaking English differently

Seeing a full or an empty glass is not just about individual attitudes

3 years ago, I changed job and joined another team in the same company where I was the only non-German. I had already lived in Germany for about 3 years by then and spoke the language fluently so I assumed it would not be a big deal and guess what I was super wrong. One of the first challenge I faced in this position had to … Continue reading Seeing a full or an empty glass is not just about individual attitudes

Language, Emotions or the many way to express yourself

When I was 21, I went to work a summer as an Au-Pair in the UK and I remember being extremely frustrated about not being able to express affection to the kids I was babysitting in English. The word were failing me and I felt like I was failing the children. I am usually a very self-controlled person and I know that I can come … Continue reading Language, Emotions or the many way to express yourself