The Cultural Insider

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month #culturematters National Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA Every year, since 1968, the United States has recognized the contributions and presence of Hispanic and Latin Americans within the US American culture. What began as Hispanic Heritage...

Don’t Confuse These Five Australian and American English Words!

Don’t Confuse These Five Australian and American English Words! Language may be a window into culture, but it’s easy to fall into the intercultural trap of believing that shared language equals shared meaning, similar cultural values, or even a high level of...

Cultural Knowledge…Hong Kong

CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE... HONG KONG Hong Kong is a place of superlatives. It has: more Rolls Royce cars per person than any other city in the world more skyscrapers than any other city in the world the world's longest outdoor covered escalator system one of the highest...

3 Characteristics of Indian Culture

3 Characteristics of Indian Culture #culturematters The vibrancy of India and its people is a treat for all your senses! While India may be well known for the Taj Mahal, the beaches of Goa, or even the Ayurveda retreats in Kerala, did you know you can find your...

Mother’s Day Around the World

Mother's Day Around the World Although many countries celebrate Mother's Day in May, the holiday takes place throughout the year around the globe. From the second Sunday in February (Norway) to the last Sunday in November (Russia), it's once again safe to say that,...

How to “listen” in Chinese

How to "listen" in Chinese “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” ― David W. Augsburger How well do you truly listen? We've spent a good deal of time helping you use your words to communicate more...

(Mis)Understanding Emojis Across Cultures

(Mis)Understanding Emojis Across Cultures #culturematters “Le langage est source de malentendus.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry A recent message from a contact gave pause when it started with the 👋 emoji. While research showed that it is usually intended to say “hello”...

10 Reasons to ❤ Canada

Did you know that youth now represent nearly half the Indigenous population in Canada? That Indigenous entrepreneurship, in general, but especially for youth, has been on the rise since 2000 and is growing at a rate that is six times faster than entrepreneurship among...