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Author: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach Created: Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Topic Page - "Cultural Etiquette And Adjustment Tips"

Tips and insight into proper behavior in different cultures with focus on India and America. E-mail me if you have questions, e-mail me or post on Facebook.

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, March 07, 2011

Tips on how to 'prepare' for the annual time change in America [and other places] that have Day light savings time.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, October 18, 2010

One of the first questions Americans have when going to India is "Will I be stared at?". Click in to hear my thoughts on this topic and my answers to the question, "Do Indians Stare More than Americans?"

This is a different approach, I hope, one to make you think not only about why someone else does something but why you do or don't do something. This will be addressed also by me, more in part two. Keep tuned in!

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

After some meetings with people I help, I may make a YouTube video or podcast depending on the nature of the lesson. Click in to see some of the topics I have created podcasts on for people I help.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, August 30, 2010

With permission of the webmaster of app2us, a wonderful site giving tips and advice on studying abroad in USA. This article gives tips on applying for visa to America for studies.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, August 27, 2010

Are you trying to learn another language? Are you frustrated or overwhelmed? Especially when one lives in a foreign country others think fluency will come easily. That is not true for many of us; it was not true for me learning Tamil in India. I became frustrated many times. How did I overcome my frustrations? Click in to listen how!

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, August 23, 2010

As an American who had to re-learn everything when I "landed up" in Chennai, "writing exams" or taking tests was no different. I had to learn on my own how to be successful in a new culture by taking up new behaviors, including how to adjust my English to a new writing style with new vocabularly and how to choose and re-write the most popular "quotable quote" for pages on end, challening my American ideals of plagarism to get the 'top marks' and 'pass out' 'first class'.

These tips, written in story format relate to my experience in 1999-2001 at Madras Chistian College in Chennai, India. Maybe this college has new procedures now, I don't know. Also, not all colleges in India probably subscribe to this particular method. If you are going to study in India, you'll want to find out the particular study and test taking habits of your particular college before attempting to use this as a be-all end-all guide of test taking in India!

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, August 20, 2010

Are you trying to learn another language? Are you getting frustrated? What are your frustrations and what strategies have you used to overcome your frustrations?

Click into learn what challenges I had in learning Tamil in India. I hope my experiences can help you! Click into listen to my podcasts.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Many have asked me, "How have you, as an American, learned so much about India living there only two years?" I, of course, feel there is an endless amount more to learn, but ten years later, I realize after comparing my situation to others how I learned so much about daily life in India and wove it in to my own life while in India and back in 'the States'.

What were the factors that inspired my integration? Click in to listen to the video or read the transcripts. These tips can help you in integrating into any culture, not just in India. Enjoy and love to hear your comments.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, August 02, 2010

Wondering what some people think of or experience as they prepare to move abroad? Look inside for a video where I discuss some of the thoughts, feelings and experiences had by people as they prepare to move to another country.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, July 26, 2010

August 20 is the 2010 date for Varalakshmi Vratham. This is a Hindu ritual that is observered by some communities in south India. I have attended this prayer celebration a few times in USA and wanted to share some of the observations including etiquette I witnessed and partook in during the festivities.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, February 19, 2010

So many of us become 'foreigners' or 'expats', 'international students' or 'global citizens'. Most of us, regardless of country of origin know someone who has lived in or is living in 'a foreign country'. There is obvious life changes that one experiences while moving abroad or even to another city- but don't we experience life transitions and even, culture shock, through role transitions as we journey through our everyday life- even if we never move?

I share some of my thoughts on this in a 4 minute podcast slideshow.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

kanchisari

"Being Indian" means different things to different people- while there are, of course, certain criteria that many Indians may agree upon that identify one as being from India, being Indian or 'desi.'

Though I am not 'desi' by birth, I lived in Chennai for two years some years ago, with the intent that I would integrate what I could of the culture into my life even after returning to US. In this post, I share two audio diaries on cross-cultural integration and some feedback I have received from others.

I am eager to hear your cross cultural experiences!

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, February 15, 2010

Are you new to navigating American cultural etiquette? Are you facing culture shock moving to the US, or moving back to the US? Maybe you just started a job and wanted to know how to respond when your coworkers ask you to lunch. Rather than sit in your cube and wonder what to do, and eat alone, join in next time with these helpful tips! (audio and video presentation inside)

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Celebrate card by Sarah ParrottHave you received an invitation to a party given by your American friends but aren't sure if you can make it? Wondering how to handle the invitation?

Listen to a few tips on managing invitation from your American friends to build trusting friendships with your cross-cultural friends.

Photo left: Sarah Parrott @flickr (creative commons)

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Thursday, February 04, 2010

Mailing Junk back to Junk Mailers by Oran Viriyincy

Junk and spam mail is not only an e-phenomenon! It is also a physical phenomenon! It invades our mailboxes, in our homes daily in America!

In this five-minute audio tip, I share a few tips on 'junk postal mail'- what can be useful, and what to avoid.

 
Photo, right by Oran Viriyincy, used under creative commons.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Moving across the country or around the globe for work opportunities, educational enrichment or family commitments is common-place now-a-days. We not only encounter lifestyle and cultural transitions by moving- we can encounter them in our own homes through changing jobs, changing family relationships, retirement, marriage, divorce and many other types of transitions. Here, I recap in a slide show video three techniques you can use on-your-own to create success and ease in lifestyle changes.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, August 28, 2009

These series of videos, from YouTube are entertaining, engaging and give an overview to international students on the topics of culture shock, cultural adjustment, socializing and adjusitng to college life in America.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, July 31, 2009

Thamboolam - Gifts for Puja Attendees

Are you invited for the first time to attend a Hindu puja at someone's home or temple? This post attempts to share some tips you can follow to help you feel more comfortable in your new surroundings, among new friends and in the community.

Would like to know what you think. Please share your thoughts and experiences after reading!

Please accept Raji's thamboolam (favors) for attending the Varalakshmi puja.

Thank you!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, June 26, 2009

Entering the kitchen to help a hostess was not part of my social ettiquette. Entering another's kitchen without being asked and doing 'work' would be intruding on her independance and ability to accomplish the task at hand. That is why I did not enter the kitchen in India, when I lived there, and even why it's taken me time to adjust into the Indian community lifestyle here and enter other's kitchens not only to talk, but to help!

How have I evolved this habit? What has encouraged me to question my culture and update it to something different? How has that enriched my life and helped me integrate with the Indian community? Read inside....

 
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