"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
Professional Communication in International Settings
In today's global business environment it is necessary to communicate successfully across cultural boundaries of languages, styles, and values. Professional Communication in International Settings provides a practical way to help individuals deal with a variety of cultural practices by systematically developing their own capacity to learn culturally appropriate behaviors and actions.
The book uses four communicative activities; telephone calls, resumes, presentations, and meetings; to show how the rapid development of new media technologies and new contacts changes each area of professional communication. The volume presents a method for cooperative and comparative exchanges that allow organizational groups to get the information they need directly from their counterparts without lengthy training programs. Professional Communication in International
Settings is a vital resource for both individuals and corporate groups looking to succeed in today's global market.
List of Figures.
1.Analyzing Communication in the International Workplace.
2. The Telephone Call: When Technology Intervenes.
3. The Resumé: A Corporate "Trojan Horse".
4. The Presentation: From Dale Carnegie to Ananova the Avatar.
5. The Meeting: Action or Ratification?
6. The Reflective View: Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us.
Appendices: Reflective Self-Assessment.
1: The Communication Display Portfolio Exchange Planner.
2: Presenting Across Cultures.
3: Suggestions for Users.