Cross-Cultural Articles

“Le Quinze Août”: the Acadian National Holiday

Partying “Acadien-Style” Did you think that was the French flag? Well, think again! It’s the Acadian flag. Acadia is an Atlantic Canadian region that was formerly a French colony. Historically speaking, Acadia included Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and parts of Québec and Maine. Acadians proudly bear distinct traditions, folklore, and accents from […]

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“Mom what’s for dîner?”

We’ve probably all heard and said that phrase once in our life, and after hearing it you might think “dîner” refers to the similar English word “dinner” and if you’re in France you could be right. But if you’re in a different French speaking country you’d be wrong, the English equivalent for “dîner” would be […]

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On March 30, 2016, posted in: Articles, Cross-Cultural Articles, French, French Canadian by

Ramadan: A Quick Guide to the Month of Fasting!

Ramadan: A Quick Guide to the Month of Fasting!

Thursday June 18th, 2015 marks the start of the month of Ramadan, celebrated by 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. You likely have clients, business partners or colleagues who are celebrating and so you may have some questions about what it’s all about. If you would like some basic background about the month, were wondering why Ramadan […]

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On June 17, 2015, posted in: Articles, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural Articles by

Fun Valentine’s Day Facts From Around the World!

+ Free Valentine’s Day Cards in Different Languages! Finland In Finland Valentine’s Day is less about romance and more about friendship. February 14th is actually called Ystävänpäivä which in Finnish means “Friend’s day”. Rather than focusing only on a “significant other”, most people spend time with their friends and exchange cards and gifts with each other.   Japan In Japan, Valentine’s […]

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On February 12, 2015, posted in: Articles, Cross-Cultural Articles by

A Quiet Death: The World’s Disappearing Languages

A Quiet Death: The World’s Disappearing Languages

Endangered Languages When we hear the word “endangered” most of us probably think of the plight of the white rhino or the polar bear, or maybe we think about the dwindling of the tropical rainforests. The word “endangered” likely does not lead us to think of languages. Therefore, it would come as a surprise to […]

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On January 30, 2015, posted in: Aboriginal, Arts and Culture, Cross-Cultural Articles by