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Let’s Work In English : Effective Cross-Cultural Communication

Welcome to the Speaking Gym! Yes, you heard right! The MPEC Conversation Club is a safe space where you can practice new English vocabulary without the fear of making mistakes. There are no risks, no judgments. Our topic today is truly international and multicultural!

Prepared for you by: My Personal English Coach

The Idioms You Could Practice Today:

  • Lost in translation 🌐
    • Definition: When the original meaning of a message is misunderstood or misinterpreted because of language differences.
    • Sample: The humor of the joke seemed to get lost in translation during the international conference.
  • Cultural tapestry 🌍
    • Definition: The diverse and rich blend of different cultures.
    • Sample: New York City is known for its cultural tapestry, with communities from all over the world.
  • Read the room 🕵️‍♂️
    • Definition: To understand and respond to the mood or attitudes of those present.
    • Sample: Before diving into his presentation, he read the room to gauge the audience’s interest level.
  • Bridge the gap 🌉
    • Definition: To reduce or eliminate differences between two things or groups.
    • Sample: The company’s new policy was aimed at bridging the gap between junior and senior employees.
  • Reach out 🤝
    • Definition: To initiate contact or communication with someone.
    • Sample: If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
  • Blend in 🍂
    • Definition: To assimilate or fit in well with the surrounding people or environment.
    • Sample: On her first day in the new office, she tried to blend in with her colleagues.
  • Pick up on 🧐
    • Definition: To notice or become aware of something.
    • Sample: She quickly picked up on the tension in the room.
  • Take into account 📋
    • Definition: To consider or include something when making a judgment or decision.
    • Sample: You need to take into account everyone’s opinions before making a final decision.
  • Factor in 🔢
    • Definition: To include something as a relevant part in a decision or plan.
    • Sample: Don’t forget to factor in potential delays when planning the project timeline.

Round 1: Tell Us About it!

  1. If you could instantly become fluent in any language, which would it be and why?
  2. What’s one cultural tradition from your country or family that you love and why?
  3. Describe your favorite local dish from your country or region. What makes it special?

Useful Expressions:

To be completely honest….

There was this one tradition in my home town where… 🌟

What makes XYZ truly unique is….

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I….

I’ll never forget how….

Round 2: Personally,…

  1. If you had the opportunity to work in any country for a year, where would you go and why?
  2. Share a funny or interesting misunderstanding you’ve experienced in a cross-cultural interaction.
  3. What’s one global event or festival you’d love to experience in person?

Round 3: Idioms in Use

  1. Have you ever had an experience where something was ‘lost in translation’ during a business meeting or negotiation?
  2. Can you describe a situation where you or your team had to ‘bridge the gap’ between different cultural practices in your work?
  3. In your opinion, how important is it to ‘read the room’ in international meetings, and can you share an example?

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