Meeting in Poland to plan a new project for Erasmus+ funding. Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education , Training , Youth , and Sport for 2014-2020. The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work.
The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU’s commitment to investing in these areas.
In an essay published on Monday, New Republic Senior Editor Noam Scheiber—who grew up speaking both Hebrew and English—explains why he stopped speaking only Hebrew to his three-year-old daughter. “My Hebrew self turns out to be much colder, more earnest, and, let’s face it, less articulate,” he writes. “In English, my natural sensibility is patient and understated. My style in Hebrew was hectoring and prosecutorial.”
I understand the feeling. My not-so-fluent French “self” is most comfortable talking about classroom supplies. It’s surprising, though, that people who are actually fluent in two languages also feel their personality shifting as they switch between languages. Yet researchers have confirmed this: Between 2001 and 2003, linguists Jean-Marc Dewaele and Aneta Pavlenko asked over a thousand bilinguals whether they “feel like a different person” when they speak different langauges. Nearly two-thirds said they did.
Source: Via Langauges around the Globe: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117485/multi-linguals-have-multiple-personalities
A great visual representation of cultural differences between German and Chinese cultures by Yank Liu which could easily apply to most Eastern and Western cultures.
We are increasingly interconnected as we find ourselves living and working with people from a variety of cultures.
Intercultural competence, the ability to communicate effectively with people across all cultures, is essential as we work in multicultural environments in teams, with clients and service providers.
Here are 5 tips to improve your intercultural competence skills:
1. Culture influences everything!
How we speak, the pace, volume and tone we use. How we manage, instruct, reward and supervise people. The way we conduct meetings, deal with correspondence and network. How we listen, respond and put forward our views and opinions and more…
2. Know your own cultural defaults
Culture influences how we act and behave and knowing how your culture has ‘programmed’ you on why is acceptable and appropriate behaviour is the first step to understanding other cultures. We are influenced by family, and the wider community to fit in to our cultural environment. How do you introduce yourself and what does it say about you? Does a firm handshake mean sincerity or intimidation? Are you a direct communicator or do you have to read between the lines? Do you instruct or seek consensus? Is the task more important than the people you work with?
3. Listen with intercultural ears and look with intercultural eyes
We interpret behaviour according to our own cultural view of what it right and wrong. Think about how another culture’s response reflects their beliefs and values and how they differ from yours. Consider another perspective by finding out more about different cultural behaviours and practices.
4. Misinterpretation = Misunderstanding
Most intercultural misunderstandings arise as a result of hearing what the other person says but misunderstanding what they intended. Assumptions are not often clarified and the impact is negative on relationships which is not good when business is about making valuable connections!
5. Recognise the cultural clash
A good way to recognise a cultural misunderstanding is when you experience a negative feeling, when you come away thinking ‘something was not quite right but I don’t know what!’ A negative feeling is often the sign of a ‘cultural clash’ when differences in cultural values or beliefs create misunderstandings or problems when interacting.
If you are working within an intercultural or international business context, how do you rate yourself on each of these seven communication habits?
Remember that we all view life through our own cultural lens and we always need to remember to ‘listen with intercultural ears and see with intercultural eyes!
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