Same language, wrong questions

Same language, wrong questions

You’d think that cultures that speak a common language, would act in a similar way though wouldn’t you?Starbucks did too, when they tried to enter the Australian market.Aussies act the same as Americans so why wouldn’t their coffee drinking habits be the same? (they thought)Turns out, Australians place greater importance on local businesses and those who are fine with chains…

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Typically British – International Tea Day

Typically British – International Tea Day

How do you like yours? Mine’s top right: strong, black tea with milk, hold the sugar At times of crisis, Britons put the kettle on. It’s no surprise then, that sales of tea have increased sharply since lockdown. And today, 21 May 2020, we’re celebrating International Tea Day! Tea is used to soothe nerves, enjoy with a biscuit or cake,…

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Like an Eagle Swooping Down on its Foreign Prey

Like an Eagle Swooping Down on its Foreign Prey

For a few days I was a German person living in England. It wasn’t intentional. I went about doing my thing and people wrongly assumed I was a foreigner – German apparently – and corrected me at every turn. “You must mean Streatham” [pronounced stretthaem] said the lady at the train station, trying to help. “No, I actually want to go…

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