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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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