don't translate idioms into English

Today we talk to Joe Menninger, host of StartupRadio.de!

Joe is an entrepreneur from Germany who studied in Texas and China.  Living in three very different countries has given him many experiences.  These experiences have helped him as an entrepreneur.

Joe’s top three tips for learning a new language and culture:

  • You can learn more outside the classroom, so include yourself in the community.
  • Observe cultural behaviors – don’t assume behaviors in one cultural have the same meaning in another culture!
  • Remember that idioms from your language might not translate, so always speak in plain English.

 

Do you have any advice about learning a new language or culture?

Have you had experiences like Joe’s?

Tell us about it in the comments below!

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