Moving Through Transition

My work as a career consultant and intercultural trainer brings me into contact with many people in career and life transition. At UC Berkeley, where I have been working as a consultant and teaching a course called “Creating A Fulfilling Life in America,” I have met many international spouses and partners going through intercultural, career[…]

Help! (A Four Letter Word): The True Power of Asking for Help

“Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help.”  – Thomas Keating Why is it so hard to ask for help sometimes?  It certainly doesn’t help that America is considered to be an individualistic-oriented country, and that the idea of “doing”, being productive, and achieving for oneself, is of high value in[…]

Only in the US – Christmas 2013

Watching Santa water skiing is one of the most popular annual family events in Washington DC.                     Southern California hospitals are spreading holiday cheer for new parents by delivering newborns in giant Christmas stockings.       Christmas is Black Friday day for apps – the[…]

Speak American at the Workplace

15 Phrases that are commonly used in a professional/business setting and their definitions. It’s helpful to be knowledgeable of American English phrases especially in the workplace. Most of these are intuitive, but if you’ve ever been in a meeting and a boss or co-workers says something that you didn’t quite catch then we hope this[…]