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Italian Phrases: How to Sound Like a Local

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  1. Basic Italian
  2. Advanced Italian

If the only words in Italian you know are “pasta”, “pizza”, and “amore”, there are few more you might need to learn. You might have just started learning Italian. Then, some basic Italian phrases you can use in a restaurant or hotel may come in hand. In case you’ve been practicing for some time now, there still are many expressions and local sayings you might not be aware of. We’ve collected the most interesting ones and grouped them into different categories. You can easily find what you want and pretend to be a local Italian citizen for some time.

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Urdu Phrases: How to Sound Like a Local

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  1. Basic Urdu Phrases
  2. Advanced Urdu Phrases
  3. Essentials for Tourists

Urdu might be one of those languages you have never heard about until now. If you have never visited Pakistan and one of the 6 states in India, the chances are you are not familiar with it. Nevertheless, over 100 million people speak Urdu. It is rather difficult to learn but you might try to do it. If you are a translator, there will not be much a competition for you. And in case you are an entrepreneur looking for business partners who speak Urdu, this is a great opportunity to impress them with your knowledge. If you are a tourist and plan to go on an exciting journey, these Urdu phrases will make you sound like a local. Just be careful with formal and informal verb forms as they are a big deal when it comes to paying your respect to the locals.

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French Phrases: How to Sound Like a Local

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  1. Basic French Phrases
  2. Advanced French Phrases
  3. Phrases for Traveling

French is such a beautiful language that it would be a crime not to learn some of the common phrases. The locals are famous for not speaking any other language and not being able to help a poor tourist out in a confusing situation. If you are planning to have a trip to France in the nearest future, here’s the collection of some helpful French phrases you can use to impress the locals.

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Spanish Phrases: How to Sound Like a Local

There are so many reasons for visiting Spain. The beauty of Barcelona, the sandy beaches of Ibiza, the cultural life of Madrid, and the mesmerizing ocean waves in Bilbao are only a few of them. If you want to make a good impression and communicate with locals, you will need to learn some of the common phrases. They will help you stand out from the rest of the tourists. Besides, every local citizen values the efforts of tourists to have a conversation in their native Spanish language. Check these categories of Spanish phrases and memorize the ones you like.

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  1. Basic Spanish Phrases
  2. Advanced Spanish Phrases
  3. Spanish Idioms

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German Phrases: How to Sound Like a Local

The lack of foreign language skills can be quite stressful while traveling. There definitely will be a situation when there is no opportunity to avoid interaction with local people. No matter on what level of studying common German phrases you might be, there are always some useful expressions that can save the day.

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  1. Basic German Phrases
  2. Advanced German Phrases
  3. Meeting Someone
  4. Talking to a Colleague
  5. Talking to a Friend
  6. German Idioms

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You know that the phrases you find in textbooks can be completely different from those the Germans use in their everyday life. In this article, you will find all sorts of phrases in German that you can use to sound like a native. We’ve grouped them into different categories for your convenience.

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Top CAT Tools to Increase Your Productivity

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  1. Free Tools
  2. Free-Based Tools
  3. Cloud Based Tools
  4. Popular CAT Tools
  5. Translator’s Community

If the first association you have when seeing the three letters C-A-T is a fluffy adorable creature, you are definitely not a translator. Professional translators would immediately think of the Computer-Assisted Translation. CAT tools help you increase productivity a lot. Choosing the right one might be challenging and we want to help you.

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Go Global: Appropriate Topics of Conversation With A Foreigner


  1. Spain
  2. Switzerland
  3. Sweden
  4. Singapore
  5. Saudi Arabia
  6. South Korea
  7. South Africa
  8. Scotland

How to start a conversation with a foreign prospective business partner? What topics are appropriate for discussing with them and which are not? Are there topics that would melt their hearts and make a conciliatory gesture towards you? You might be surprised by the number of different communication taboos that exist around the globe. There is no way you can make a guess based on your cultural experience that will meet the expectations of a conversation partner from another country. However, you as an entrepreneur still need to make a positive first impression on your colleagues and investors. Let’s explore the appropriate topics of conversation that are present in different parts of the world.

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Psychological Aspects of International Web Design  

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  1. Hierarchies and inequality
  2. Collectivist and individualist cultures
  3. Masculinity/femininity traits
  4. Having Fun
  5. Fear of Uncertainty

The golden rule of marketing is to know your audience and create messages about your product or service that will be appealing to that audience. Every type of an audience requires a marketer to use a specific way of presenting the information to get his message across. It is not an easy task to do but things get even more complicated when we talk about international businesses and startups. The web design can be the key to communication between you and your customers.

Analyzing the cultural differences and psychological aspects of the market you want to conquer is a crucial part of starting a business outside your homeland. Therefore, this is a new unexplored territory and you need to gather some helpful facts. Luckily, a great scientist, Geert Hofstede, has done a tremendous work to make the research easier. Here are the most detailed guide to creating a successful web design for different countries of the world using psychological tools.

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Moving from the U.S. to Sweden: What’s It Like?

Our editor Susan decided to move to Sweden and start a new stage of her life there. She shares some interesting facts about her experience.

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  1. Challenges
  2. Benefits

Realisationsvinstbeskattning. This is the longest word in Swedish you can find in the dictionary. The Swedish language is much more flexible that English and allows you to create extremely long words without breaking any grammar rules. If you are creative enough, you can come up with a word consisting of more than 90 letters. After finding out about these facts, learning Swedish may seem impossible and moving to Sweden like a foolish idea. After all, it is the language barrier that plays a significant role in the adaptation process.

But this information did not stop me from moving from the U.S. to Sweden. I’ve been to Stockholm for many times and can say that this is one of the few places that makes me feel like home. I enjoy the calm atmosphere, caring people, and even those rare sunny days which you begin appreciate much more after coming here. It was not that hard to make the final decision and pack my bags. If you think of moving to Sweden someday, I’d like to share some of my insights with you.

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Go Global with Translateshark: Hong Kong, China

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  1. Why Choose Hong Kong
  2. Business Tips

Let’s continue discovering the options of starting a business overseas. This post is dedicated to Hong Kong and the great opportunities for entrepreneurs it can offer. Although it is a Chinese special administrative region, it has a completely different law system. This aspect has numerous benefits for international business people.

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