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Category Archives: Cross-cultural awareness

Use the drink’s correct name

According to British etiquette expert William Hanson, we should only use the word “Champagne” if what we’re serving really is Champagne.

Instead of calling it ‘fizz’, ‘bubbly’ or ‘sparkling’, which you’ll often hear in Britain, call it by its real name “Prosecco’. It’s a perfectly acceptable drink.

Who chooses the music in your car?

You’re a passenger in someone else’s car. How do you behave? Do you vape in the car? Do you switch stations on the radio? British etiquette expert William Hanson has some tips for us.    

Germans’ love affair with potatoes

Germans eat tons of potatoes every year, according to this Deutsche Welle article (and slideshow). Whether fried, baked, sliced, grated, rolled, as dumplings or shredded, mixed with onions and deep fried. Did you know that over 5,000 varieties are grown today?

Summer food in Germany

What do Germans typically eat during the summer months? You’ll find the answers in Deutsche Welle’s slideshow. Yes, it’s not always sausages, sauerkraut and potatoes!  

On happiness

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle

Are you a Bollywood beginner?

Read this BBC article to find out the things you need to know about Bollywood – the Hindi language film industry based in Mumbai.

Breakfast in Germany

“How to eat breakfast like a weltmeister“? That’s the title of this Deutsche Welle video clip. Learn what Germans eat for breakfast. And how breakfast at the weekends might differ. (You’ll also learn how to pronounce the name of that famous Dutch cheese –  “Gouda”!)

Pearls made in China

See how Xinda Zhan in China has grown his pearl business by using live-streaming. And learn how pearls are harvested.  

Japan and mindfulness

I didn’t realise that mindfulness has been practised in Japan for centuries. In this article entitled “The Japanese skill copied by the world“, we can learn something about culture in Japan. And learn how to never forget our keys again!  

A guide to China

Read Kwintessential’s guide to China to learn more about the country’s customs and culture and what to observe when doing business there.