Appropriate eye contact is extremely important in North America. The way you use eye contact can deeply influence how someone feels about you. Not only am I referring to how directly and long you maintain eye contact, but also the angle you use. Do […]
Your handshake could be leading people to interpret you in a way that you hadn’t intended. Your culture may have taught you to shake with a limp hand, especially a man to a woman, for example. Or perhaps your handshake is too strong. Maybe […]
Are you terrified of public speaking? Do you freeze when giving a presentation? Fear of speaking in public is second to the most common fear – the fear of death. That’s right. So you are not alone. Of course, when you are presenting in […]
Cultural competence is becoming essential in the workplace, especially in a city as multicultural as Toronto is. This was driven home to me recently when I accompanied a friend of Ukrainian origin, who has cancer for the second time, to a doctor’s appointment to […]
When I heard this throat singing performance by Tanya Tagaq, I was in awe. This traditional style of vocal music is found throughout the arctic, not only in North America, but Tanya’s recent award has led to increasingly more people getting the opportunity to […]
Canadian and American English have many differences. But while there are numerous strong regional accents, what we call Neutral North American accent is pretty much what we use in Toronto.
One of the main ways accents differ can be found in the vowels (as I […]