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Some Conversation Guidelines for Austria

Posted on April 15, 2010 by Comments are off

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Some Conversation Guidelines for Austria

Austrian business is based on respect, conservatism, courtesy and formality. Dress professionally. Shake hands when arriving and departing.

Displaying knowledge of Austrian history and culture demonstrates an awareness of the uniqueness of Austria. They may take offense against anyone who fails to recognize the clear distinction between them and the Germans.

The only thing that is truly German about Austria is the language and, even then, Austrian German is very different from standard or High German (Hochdeutsch) in vocabulary, idioms, and pronunciation. Mostly German and some English is spoken for business.

In business, courtesy titles Herr (‘Mr.’), Frau (‘Mrs.’) or Fräulein (‘Miss’) followed by the surname should be used until invited to do otherwise. ‘Ms.’ has no direct German translation. Educational titles are also widely used.

 Austrians expect you to mean what you say and say what you mean. Do not make idle promises during conversation. Austrians have a great sense of humor, and they will accept your joking so long as you are self-deprecating at the same time. However, humor has no place at a formal meeting or in the office where senior staff is present.

Austrians plan their schedules weeks, even months in advance and try to follow what they have pre-arranged on their calendars.

Austrians are scrupulously punctual and expect others to observe the same courtesy at all times.

Welcome Topics of Conversation 

• Austrian culture, theatre and music, especially classical music are favorite topics. Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Johann Strauss, Bruckner, Schönberg and Berg were all Austrian.
• Opera is a great love, especially that of Mozart and Richard Strauss, even though Strauss was born in Munich.
• The beauty of the architecture of Austria’s cities and local sites, as well as their historical art is always a good topic. Vienna is known as ‘the city of music’.
• Your international travel to other countries is also of interest.
• Discussing Austrian winter sports is always well received.
• Austrian food is appreciated with gusto, has a noted distinction from the typical German food. Show appreciation of their distinct restaurants, beer and wines.
• Austrian traditions are uniquely Austrian. Appreciate the distinctions.

Conversation to Avoid

• World War II and Austria’s role in the war can still be a sensitive topic.
• Anything that leads to a discussion around Anti-Semitism should be avoided.
• The Austrian religion is predominately Catholic, so different religious view aren’t usually discussed.
• Austrians are a rather private culture, so talk about separation and divorce is usually avoided. Because of their private nature, Austrians don’t usually discuss money matters outside of business.
 • Austrian hospitality is warm with a degree of formality. It is an honor to be invited to an Austrian’s home. Dress well and bring a gift.
•Talking too much about your education, professional experience, business success, and related achievements may be considered a boosting.

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Some Conversation Guidelines for Argentina

Posted on April 15, 2010 by Comments are off

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Expect Argentines to speak Castilian Spanish with an Italian accent rather than the Mexican dialect of Spanish.

Argentines like to engage in “small talk.” Generally, they are very sociable and take a genuine interest in Argentine cultural affairs.

Try not to take offense if people make jokes at your expense, even if remarks are directed at your weight or other aspects of your appearance. This kind of comment is actually a sign that your Argentine companions are comfortable around you.

Women, in particular, may be asked personal questions, for example, their marital status and weight. Try to give a discreet reply. If you absolutely don’t want to answer, remain polite and gracefully side step the question.

Many Argentines actually like getting into discussions about politics and religion, however as a visitor, it will be in your best interests not to get involved.

Avoid discussing the war in the Falkland Islands, since this is an episode that the Argentines would prefer to leave behind. If the subject does come up, the islands should be referred to by their Argentine name: The Malvinas Islands. 

Welcome Topics of Conversation

• Argentine art
• Sports, such as futbol (soccer). U.S. style football is called “futbol americano”
• The area of Argentina you’re visiting
• Your international travels
• Restaurants, food and wine in Argentina
• The beauty of local parks and gardens
• Theater, movies and opera in Argentina
• Compliments are welcome!

Conversation to Avoid

• Criticizing or joking about Argentine culture and traditions
• Personal questions and inquiries about family until you have become better acquainted with them.
• Praising Argentina’s neighbors, particularly Chile. Argentina has fought wars with all of neighboring countries.
• Negative comments about Argentina’s government, cities, or Argentina’s sports teams
• Religion in Argentin
• Political opinions in Argentina

Bon Voyage!

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Don’t miss our new ‘Newsroom’ link which features our new Article Series

Posted on April 1, 2010 by Comments are off

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Some Conversation Guidelines for Australia

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Australians tend to be enthusiastic conversationalists and debaters. A wide range of topics may be open to discussion.

Australians try not to draw too much attention to their academic qualifications, at least in public. People who make a lot of references to their education and other professional qualifications in conversation may be subject to teasing.

Don’t boast about yourself or your company’s accomplishments. Instead, Australians will judge your competence and abilities through your actions.

Australians find strong discussions and opinionated conversation entertaining, so don’t hesitate to express your views if they are sincere and informed.

Australians may like to poke fun at or criticize themselves, but they are not as receptive to criticism from others.

Australians are difficult to impress and even if you do manage to impress them, they may not openly admit it.

Point with your entire hand; pointing at someone with your index finger may be considered impolite.

Australian hospitality tends to be somewhat informal, particularly when you are invited to a home. Barbecues, affectionately known as, “barbies”, are a very popular form of home entertaining.

Welcome Topics of Conversation 

• Unlike some countries, Australians are open to discuss religion, politics and even the Australian government.
• Australian traditions and sports are always great topics.
• Discuss something about the area of Australia you’re visiting. Australians are very proud of their country. Know the landmarks.
• Your international travels to other countries is always of interest
• The beauty of the cities, local sites, gardens, coastlines (the Gold Coast is famous) and the Outback if you get a chance to visit.
• Australian food; restaurants, beer and wine. Australia has excellent food!
• Australian culture in general; theater, movies and opera
• Compliments are welcome!

Conversation to Avoid

• Criticizing or joking about Australia, its culture and traditions or other Australians, even if your Australian companions are doing so.
• Ethnic relations as it relates to the history of the Aborigines
• Talking too much about your education, professional experience, business success, and related achievements may be considered a boosting.
• Australians are often distrustful of authority and of people who think that they are somehow “better” than others. Remain modest in conversation.
 • If you are invited out for a drink, don’t bring up the subject of business unless your host does so.

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