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Multicultural Business Communication in English

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Week 35[edit]

  • An idiom, "special property", f. Greekἰδίωμα – idiōma, "special feature, special phrasing", f.ἴδιος – idios', "one’s own" is a combination of words that has a figurative meaning, due to its common usage. An idiom's figurative meaning is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made. ( Wikipedia )
  • Rapport occurs when two or more people feel that they are in sync or on the same wavelength because they feel similar or relate well to each other. Rapport is theorized to include three behavioral components: mutual attention, mutual positivity, and coordination. ( Wikipedia )

Week 36[edit]

  • Management styles are characteristic ways of making decisions and relating to subordinates. ( Wikipedia )

Week 37[edit]

  • To eschew - to avoid
  • To dispense - to give out
  • To roll out - to introduce / to launch a new product, a new service
  • The roll-out - the launch
  • Lingo - specific vocabulary for a profession
  • To walk out - to strike
  • Attainable - possible, you can get it
  • Periphery - the surroundings
  • Impropriety - being / doing something
  • Maelstrom - storm, situation of confusion / chaos
  • To enhance - to improve, to make better
  • To reveal - To show
  • Affluent - rich, wealthy
  • To grapple with - to deal with ( rel. to grab, grip (hold ))
  • To bolster - to boost up, to strengthen
  • Premature - something too early / soon
  • To unveil- to reveal
  • Dilemma - 2 bad choices

Irregular plurals / singulars

  • Focus (s.) -> foci (pl.)
  • Syllables (s.)-> syllabi (pl.)
  • Thesis (s.)-> theses (pl.)
  • Cactus -> cacti (pl.)
  • Crisis -> crises (pl.)

More fancy words

  • Statutory -> from statute / law / rule /
  • effective != efficient
  • Effective - reaches desired goal
  • Efficient - with fewer resources ( time, money, fuel )
  • Continual != continuous
  • Continual - with breaks / pauses
  • Continuous - without interruption
Kaizen ( 改善 ), Japanese for "improvement", or "change for the better" refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, and business management.”
~ Wikipedia on Kaizen


Week 40[edit]

  • w:Intrapreneur is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. ( Wikipedia )


  • Satisfaction
    • to satisfy
    • to be satisfied
    • satisfying != satisfatory
  • To pledge allegiance != treason
  • fall below != exceed