Communication and Context

Communication from English to English

My husband and I went to Café El Tapatio in Niles the other night (very lively and delicious, fyi). There was a sign taped to the door saying “Menudo served on Saturdays and Sundays.” It was a cold night. We were planning for chicken soup and margaritas to warm up. Out of curiosity—maybe this was…

Will Bitcoin Make You Rich?

A single Bitcoin was valued at $16,878 this week. But, far from me to make a conclusion based on that. Michael Cave, Senior Data Analyst at Darwin Ecosystem and someone who lives in this world, shares a prediction [with my interjections]: “Personally, I believe that cryptocurrency as an actual investment market is well overgrown and…

Intrecultural No-No: Small Talk with Closed Minds

My brand is about intercultural communications, and intercultural communications is about appreciating different perspectives—even suspending your own belief in something momentarily to try to see something from another’s perspective. Even If you go back to your own idea—which is actually likely (science supports this–it’s been your idea innately for years) you never know. And, just…

Phrase Books, Google Translate, Professional Translation: Having Fun and Making Connections in Another Language

“I’m totally f—ed,” my generally polite father announced as he entered the room, open book in hand. “What!?” we screamed, taken aback. “I’m f—ed,” he repeated. “That means I’ve made a mistake, right?” I should clarify—he said this in Portuguese, and the book in hand was a Portuguese/English phrase book. And, yes, he did make…