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Talking about the Future (2)

Last week we looked at how to use going to, will and ’ll to talk about the future. Today, you’ll learn how and when to use the present continuous and present simple to talk about the future. Present continuous We use the present continuous to talk about fixed plans or arrangements. I’m meeting Professor Giuliardi next week. The new hire is starting on Monday. Present simple We use the present simple to talk about a schedule. The flight leaves at 16:40 Friday. The …

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Dimensions of Culture … or … Why We All See the Same Things Differently

This is the first post in a new series on the dimensions of culture. In this post, we introduce you to the cultural dimensions behind our attitudes, actions and reactions — our cultural programming. What are the dimensions of culture? They are a way of understanding how and why cultures differ. They have been developed over the last 50–60 years by researchers who have studied almost 100 countries. Why are …

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Talking about the Future (1)

Here are some different ways that we can talk about the future. going to We use going to to talk about what we intend to do or what somebody else has already decided to do. I’m going to meet Martin for lunch to talk about the new contract. She’s going to tell us about their ideas for the new marketing campaign. will We use will for stronger commitments or for …

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Tips for Successful Cross-Cultural Teleconferencing

Online meetings and calls can be tricky even when everyone is from the same culture and speaks the same language. Having a successful call becomes even more challenging when the attendees are from different cultures (and aren’t all fluent in the mutual language).  The tips below will help you to participate successfully in online meetings and calls. Come prepared: Make sure that you understand the purpose of the call and …

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