In my recent scouting trip to Panama, my Spanish language skills were tested to the max. Now, I'll be the first to admit it's not a high hurdle. I figure my Spanish is at about the level of a bright two-year old's. All my verbs are present tense and my vocabulary is severely limited. Think, "See … [Read more...] about At What Time Washes the Door?
The Complexities of Communication in a Foreign Language Guest Post by Heather Merkel Heather Merkel, CPC is a Culture Transition Specialist who helps Expatriates and their families feel at home anywhere in the world through a core set of strategies designed to help you overcome the social, … [Read more...] about It’s Not Easy Being… Well, a Dog!
So, you've decided you want to live in Asia, to travel to exotic locations, eat incredibly spicy food, and generally enjoy life in a culture that's completely different from what you've grown up with. But you have to be able to afford it. Previously, we’ve discussed teaching English as a second … [Read more...] about Teach English in Asia to Finance Your Life Overseas
No. If you are going to live in an expat enclave surrounded by your fellow countrymen and –women, you don’t need to learn the language. If you are not an Adventurer or a Cultural Expat, but an Escapist, and especially if you are moving for purely economic reasons, you might handle life in your new … [Read more...] about Do I Need to Learn the Language? (Again)
Yes! Learning the language is vital to the success of your move. That is, if you’re a cultural expat. As a cultural expat, you are motivated to bring your culture, or a specific aspect of it, to the people you’re living among (missionary expat), or you are a student of the new culture. Either … [Read more...] about Do I Need to Learn the Language II
Students Today’s cultural students come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, there are the ubiquitous junior-year-abroad 20-ish college kids. But the students category of cultural expat includes so much more. A student can be one who takes a formal course of study at a college or a university, or … [Read more...] about Student Expats