Building the Life We Dream of Is a Duty
Being able to build the life of our dream… That’s an appealing promise indeed! For we all have wishes, dreams, things we want, preferences, tastes and centers of interest that define what we decide to spend our time on. So in a way, we’re all trying to live the life of our choice, but with more or less success.
However in my opinion this search is not only instinctive and to be encouraged, but also a duty. And to understand why we must go back to 2009, when I discovered Read more »
When I arrived in Kyoto in early March 2020, I had a pretty clear goal: to spend as much time as possible with the friends I already had there and to grow my social network (both private and professional). I wasn’t on vacations – I was there to establish the foundations of a new life after having put an end to the one I had built in Sweden for the past 10 years. Besides, my working-holiday visa lasting only one year, there wasn’t any time to waste.
In practice that meant dividing my time between money-making activities coming through my company, outings with friends (and through them the possibility to meet new people), to try and find customers and professional partners in Japan (relying on face-to-face meetings rather than e-mails), and finally spending whatever time was left at my coworking space to get the administrative paperwork done, along with anything left (such as writing this blog post!). What about tourism and enjoying the city and the country you ask? Well, perhaps… if there was time left.
It all started rather well, but as they say: Read more »
The importance and difficulties of knowing how to communicate with people with different languages and cultures
It is no secret that communicating with people from other countries has become more and more frequent. First because it’s getting easier but also (or at least one can hope) because it’s being recognized as something necessary. If we focus on business for instance (we could do the same with school, research, etc.) we can easily see that these relationships offer several advantages that also Read more »
When you travel to France, for work or leisure, it can happen that you encounter limitations and problems that you wouldn’t come across at home. Often, these are based on the local language and culture being different from the sounds and experiences where you live.
We actually do often conclude that this is purely a language phenomenon. And it’s definitely the most obvious conclusion, especially in Europe where so many languages are found over such a small area. The languages are also very different from one another and can hardly be understood without being studied first. In other words, limitations due to lack of skills in the local language become obvious as soon as you arrive.
On the other hand, we perhaps don’t think as much about Read more »
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Other tools to facilitate understanding and memorizing
Speaking as often as possible, having the right attitude and modifying your sentences to make them easy to understand and remember is the most important. However here are a couple of additional ideas to improve even more the learning process: Read more »