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This came from a longer article in expats in Australia on the BBC website. Are there other examples?



Lost in translation

Many expats in Australia – especially those from the US – can find there are nuances in the language of business that can take some getting used to.

“Managers have an indirect way of talking to direct reports.” she said. “As an expat you quickly find small differences which assume huge importance. It’s a steep learning curve.”

“If your manager said they want to mention something ‘incidentally’, you must understand it is primary purpose of the discussion,” she said. As well, “if they want to ‘briefly consider other options’, immediately scrap what you are working on and start again.”

Sep 8, 2016 1:35 AM
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