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Culture and Role Boundaries

By Ghada Darwich (Arabic Interpreter) Photo credit: See-ming Lee, Flickr As an Arabic medical interpreter, my daily task is to connect between two different worlds in a medical setting using not only my language skills but cultural competence. Unfortunately, some of the Arabic cultural influences…
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September 26, 2013
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Blurred Lines (everybody get up)

by Sabina Metcalf These days, the concept of a work/life balance, which means continuously segregating your work and life, is often referred to as archaic. There is hardly ever a clear distinction between the two; in recent years and within businesses worldwide they mold and…
MasterWord
September 10, 2013
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Business Cards: The Japanese Way

By Clay Crawley Sometimes things that seem trivial can be important in business culture. For example, to an American there is probably nothing more mundane than a business card.  For us, this small piece of paper represents exactly what it looks like: a simple means…
MasterWord
August 15, 2013
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Easter Around the World

Easter is just around the corner, and preparations are beginning around the world. In the U.S. it involves the arrival of pastel colors decorating the stores and streets, egg hunts, chocolate candies, and bunnies. How does the rest of the world celebrate Easter? Five ways…
MasterWord
March 29, 2013
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Sanskrit, Lost but Not Forgotten

Language extinction is a reality for many ancient tongues in today’s modern world. Society’s fast pace and the ever-growing desire to stay connected to mass media are among the many reasons for this disruption of past traditions. A language that falls under the extinction group…
MasterWord
September 19, 2012
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Elephants the Magical Creatures of Thai Culture

Elephants play a highly significant role in Thai culture tied both to spiritual and physical reasons. Spiritually, Thai people used to rely on elephants as talisman for their well-being during times of war and peace. Physically, elephants were well-suited for carrying heavy things; they were…
MasterWord
August 17, 2012