Cross-cultural

Posts on cross-cultural matters

50 Amazing Facts about Chinese New Year 2014 – Year of the Horse

Wishing all Euroasia friends and family a prosperous year of the horse. Share this: Tweet

Travelling Abroad: The Power of Physical Gestures

Hand gestures are frequently thought of as a universal language—one that everyone, regardless of country of origin, can generally understand to a certain extent. Even if you’re completely unfamiliar with the local language, pointing towards a train at the subway and then to your wrist will most likely indicate...

Meet Heather Warne – Japanese language student at Euroasia

You may have seen Heather Warne in the Mitre 10 ad currently running on TV.  Or at one of the many theatre productions she has been part of over the past few years.  A long-term client of Euroasia, she progressed from the Japanese Level 1 course in 2010 to the...

How to be fluent in Chinese Mandarin in 30 minutes

The short answer is this: Or more likely this: how to get ex girlfriend back For the rest of us – it's likely to be years of Mandarin lessons and lots of hard work. zp8497586rq Share this: Tweet

France to debate introduction of more English-speaking courses

Didn't realise English was banned in French universities in the first place. Latest from The Telegraph: Plans to ease a ban on the use of English in French universities will be debated on Wednesday with unions threatening to strike in protest at a measure some claim will turn French...

Chinese vs Kiwi approach to using the library

Interesting incident at the Parnell library (behind our Euroasia Parnell campus) today. Chinese lady walked up to counter with granddaughter, wanting to return a book. She said this in Chinese but obviously the Kiwi librarian had no clue what she was on about. Chinese lady asked granddaughter to translate....

Chinese vs English family tree – language reflects culture

Language reflects the underlying culture. In a Western context, the family typically refers to the nuclear family – father, mother, sister, brother.  Your father’s brother is your uncle. So is your mother’s brother. Did you know in the Chinese language there’s a lot more fine-tuning: Uncle (Father’s older brother)...

What does it mean to be Kiwi?

Guest blogger Dr Phillipa Smith recently completed her PhD on what it means to be “Kiwi”.  Pretty fascinating how national identity shifts over time, with globalisation, immigration and everything else. Phillipa is kind enough to produce a brief summary of her findings for the Euroasia blog (if you wish...

Hong Kong Film Festival coming up Sept 09

I grew up on a staple of Hong Kong films. Hong Kong movie directors are particularly adept at making action movies and thrillers; the stuff I like. I may be biased but I find these Hong Kong movies to be so much better than the standard Hollywood fare. how...