The Confusion about the Native English Language

content , content writing , english , english language

Bing Writes Content

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In a job portal, one of the requirements for a content writer reads can write and speak native English.  It would not have caught my attention if the word native wasn’t there.

I got so confused that I had to consult Google.  Google brought me to a website with a query that says ‘Who is considered a native speaker of English?’

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Becoming Silent

Are people always telling you to be silent? Do you often speak without thinking and end up regretting what you’ve said? Would you just feel as if there’s too much noise on your head and want to learn how to turn it away? The fantastic thing is that anybody at all may be quiet — it just takes time and patience. If you want to know how to be silent,…

Feedback Rules

Feedback is like a drug to me, and I’ve been a junkie for it all of my working life. Not just the nice, ‘you’ve done a good job’ kind of feedback, but more of the ‘here’s what you can do better’ variety that gives me something tangible to munch on.

Maybe it’s because I never had the kind of enviable confidence that some people have. The kind of confidence that makes them feel like they are always right. The kind of confidence that, like a security blanket or better yet, a protective shield, makes it difficult for any kind of criticism to seep through.

The Intoxication of Feedback

Listen to the Silence and Appreciate It

listening , persuasion , self-confidence , self-improvement , silence

Yuhakko 语학子

Our lives are filled with sounds. We are always surrounded with music, noises from the streets, sounds we make, etc.

For this reason we have all become unease with silence. We despise it, try to avoid it like the pest, and often end up filling it in whatever way possible to make it stop.

Why do we push it away so much though?

I believe the reason behind this is simply that it is a common habit we all have.

Habits can be great tools for improving ourselves but it can also be the cause of great troubles. Being an alcoholic is having a habit of drinking too regularly, smoking is a habit that can cause cancer, eating unhealthy food is a habit that can provoke many health-related problems.

In a similar way, not being comfortable with silence is a habit that causes troubles. Contrary to the above examples…

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Fostering Collaboration Across Cultures

leadership, thoughts

Shedding Light

Diversity doesn’t come without tension. The key is to know how to make it into jazz and not discordant noise.

Stereotypes are shortcuts our brains use to make fast decisions (especially when there is too much information or potential unknowns). We tend to infer a lot about others based on our past experiences, whether it’s accurate to do so or not. As the world becomes more connected and our interactions more immediate, we interact with people unlike us every day without even realizing it.

Our brains, being the prediction machines that they are, take these stereotypes and form an idea of how interactions will go.

Illustration: Design vs Development

As a quick example let’s look at the work-centric, cross-cultural environment between Design and Development.

A stereotypical concept of a Designer might be that they are:

  • untidy
  • unencumbered by deadlines
  • value form over function
  • generally “right-brained”

A stereotypical concept of a…

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Why no one will ever listen

Attention, Comfort, Comforter, God, Helper, Listening, Lonely, People, Sincere


Have you ever felt that you are unheard?

Have you ever tried to express yourself but no one seems to be listening or paying attention?

Have you ever felt that you are talking to a wall?

Have you ever felt that you are screaming at the top of your lungs but everyone is simply busy doing what they are always doing and not paying the slightest attention to your screams?

If you answered yes to any of the questions here, I have some good news for you! You are human!

Yes, you are human. Humans seem have invented this idea of a “listening ear” as though we can actually genuinely sit there and listen to someone else and really understand what that person is feeling or going through. We say things like, “I just wanted to vent.” or “I was just letting out some laundry.” or anything else to say…

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Unsatisfying conversations? One phrase can help

communication , listening , questions , understanding

Turning over pebbles

My client – let’s call him Pete – was telling me about his greatest current frustration.

‘I do a lot of my work on the phone. Too often, I get embroiled in small talk, the conversations seem to ramble on and at the end of it, I’m not really sure what the caller actually wanted.

‘Come to think of it, it happens face to face too sometimes. A colleague will arrive at my desk, chat for a few minutes, maybe ask a question or two and then drift off. I don’t want to seem unfriendly but neither do I want to waste our time.

I want to ask “why are you calling?” or “was there something specific you wanted?” but that sounds a bit rude.’

‘How is it when you’re the one making initial contact?’ I asked.

‘Actually, that’s a good point. Maybe I need to be clearer about the…

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