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 […]
In Canadian English, there are several ways to pronounce the letter /T/. This depends on where the letter is in the word and whether it begins a stressed syllable or not. If so, the sound is sharp and has quite a bit of air. […]
I have often heard the pronunciation stereotype for Canadians which states we pronounce the word “about” as “aboot.” But I always wondered where that came from since I certainly had never heard that.
Recently, I came across the following article which backs me up […]
Cultural Intelligence (also called Cultural Quotient, CQ or Cultural Competence) refers to ” the capability to relate and work effectively across cultures.” (Wikipedia) Lacking it could seriously affect the success of your business, especially when working in multicultural environments. And that’s almost everywhere in […]
You CAN learn to speak clearly and be better understood when you speak English.
Do you have difficulties understanding and/or being understood? The ability to participate comfortably in a conversation depends upon language and context. Understanding the culture, being familiar with the topic and concepts […]
Having grown up with British parents, I got used to hearing words pronounced differently than most people around me pronounced them. We would often tease our mother as she pronounced A-LU-MIN-IUM which we pronounced A-LUM-I-NUM, or my name pronounced as HEATH-AH instead of HEATHER […]
Power words are those that create an impact. For example, I can say, “This training will really help you improve your communication skills.”. Or I can say, “This training will significantly improve your communication skills.” The second sentence has more impact due to the […]