Caryn Antonini quoted as a language/culture expert on NBC news!

Knowing phrases is helpful, but you’ll also want to brush up on a culture’s business etiquette if you’re visiting for work. Caryn Antonini, CEO and founder of Early Lingo offers up the following good-manner musts.

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OTHER ETIQUETTE TIPS FOR THE BUSINESS TRAVELER

Knowing phrases is helpful, but you’ll also want to brush up on a culture’s business etiquette if you’re visiting for work. Caryn Antonini, CEO and founder of Early Lingo offers up the following good-manner musts.

  • Be attentive with business cards. “In some countries, exchanging business cards is very important. For example, in Japan, you must present or accept the card with both hands, almost as if it’s a gift. When presenting your own card, give a self-introduction and then offer your cards. When accepting a card, be sure to acknowledge it properly and treat it with care when putting it in a pocket or bag.”
  • Find out if a gift is appropriate. “It is often customary to bring a gift of some sort. Be sure to research ahead of time what is appropriate.”
  • Find the right ‘you’. “Don’t forget to learn how to address others in another language. Many languages are more formal than English, for example, and there are different ways of saying ‘you’ — both formal and informal.” In business settings, opt for the formal.
  • Know the cultural don’ts. “Brush up on the [a country’s cultural] customs, which are important. For instance, in the Middle East, one should never show the bottom of one’s shoes. It’s demeaning and signifies that you put the other person beneath you.”