France

3 Tips for Hurdling the Language Barrier without Technology

By |2019-10-29T08:08:04-05:00June 20th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Translation, Travel|

Chef Michael by Sharon Schweitzer Recently I spent 3 weeks in France, where we spent 7 nights on an Abercrombie & Kent canal barge cruise. Our travels started in Paris and continued to Champagne. We then boarded a cruise to Beaune with dear ones celebrating a friend’s milestone birthday. One morning, [...]

5 Travel Packing Tips for French Wine Country Excursion

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20-05:00August 14th, 2018|Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Dining, France, Global Etiquette, Global Tipping, Intercultural, Lifestyle, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, Wine Etiquette|

Oh France! Producer of eight billions bottles and 53 litres of wine per capita a year, France is a wine’s lover dream destination. A plan to visit France and experience its culture is exciting and on many lifetime “must do” lists. So how do you efficiently pack for 80-90 degree days, afternoons in damp [...]

Lessons from FLE: Overcoming Intercultural Communication Roadblocks

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30-05:00January 19th, 2018|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, Culture, France, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture|

Since the age of Babel, teachers have been seeking ways to overcome the hurdle of language barrier and give students practical skills to navigate new lingual and cultural waters. This challenge becomes much harder when the teacher doesn’t speak their student’s native language, or when each student speaks a different language or dialect. Sound impossible? [...]

World Tourism Day: Making the Most of International Experiences

By |2018-10-11T14:54:42-05:00September 27th, 2017|Africa, Asia, Austin, Australia, Brazil, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Canada, Central America, China, Cross-Cultural, Cuba, Culture, Czech Republic, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, global competency, Gracious Living, Gulf City, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Middle East, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, South America, South Korea, Thailand, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, United States, US Observances|

With so many destinations offering diverse cultural experiences, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for making the most of international trips. Nevertheless, ensuring that you travel with an open mind and a desire to grow is the most important part of any itinerary. In honor of World Tourism Day on September 27, enjoy these four tips to maximize your cultural immersion and create lifelong memories.

How Father’s Day is Celebrated Around the World

By |2018-10-11T14:54:49-05:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, global competency, Global Traditions, Mexico, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

As U.S. Americans prepare to honor fathers, father-figures, and male role-models; we share the unique traditions of 10 countries celebrating in different months

Say Fromage! 4 tips for Serving French Cheese

By |2018-10-11T14:54:50-05:00June 2nd, 2017|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, France, global competency, Gracious Living, Hosting duties, International Protocol, Lifestyle|

Knowing how to properly slice and serve cheese the French way is an important part of adapting to the culture, as it demonstrates your dining finesse and your appreciation for France's culinary craftsmanship. The next time you're offered an opportunity to try a Morbier or a Brie, follow these guidelines and bon appetit!

5 Daydream Worth Spots: Celebrating National Tourism Week

By |2018-10-11T14:54:51-05:00May 2nd, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, France, Gracious Living, Lifestyle, Middle East, Observances - Monthly & Daily, US Observances|

In honor of National Tourism Week, May 7-13, we share travel tips for the 5 most visited destinations in 2016.

Three Cross-Cultural Tips for Business Travelers in France

By |2018-10-11T14:55:07-05:00August 29th, 2016|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, France, Global Etiquette|

Whether you’re expanding your business horizons, negotiating a partnership, or looking to merge with a French enterprise, these three tips will help you facilitate a successful dialogue and build strong ties with French businessmen and women.

Myanmar/Burma & The French Connection, Part I

By |2018-10-11T14:55:17-05:00January 5th, 2015|Burma, France, International Travel Tips, Myanmar|

One of the most surprising things I discovered on my recent trip to Myanmar (formerly Burma) was the depth of the country’s association with the French. A quick dip into the history books showed that this relationship has been in existence since the early 18th century. It was only the pressing nature of the French [...]

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