‘They speak English so I’ll be okay.’ Not so fastThe English language on business assignment: Follies and foiblesBy Rensia Melles09/23/2002|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2002 How many Canadians put food on the barbie? Then again, Australians don’t sit on the chesterfield. In the United Kingdom, people wear jumpers, a rare occurrence in other parts of the world. It’s a mistake to expect English vocabulary to have the same connotations and values internationally. And, English-speaking countries are certainly culturally diverse, ranging from Canada and the United States to the U.K., Australia and Malaysia, to name a few. With this in mind, it is easy to see why miscommunications occur so frequently among expatriates, business travellers and host nationals.Often, the expectation for English-speaking individuals working and living in English-speaking countries is that the cultural transition will be relatively easy. Most of the time, this is simply not the case. In fact, many expats and short-term assignees experience long periods of cultural adjustment that lead to misunderstandings in business, personal anxiety and depression, and challenges to the family unit. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.