The Ultimate Remote Team Culture

 Thanks to TASO DU VAL – CEO @ TOPTAL for this article on bringing a world-wide team of remote software engineers together with a cultural and cost analysis. There are intriguing details about this trip about which you can read more here. Thanks also to Irene Papuc for tireless connection @ TOPTAL!  ——– At Toptal, we’re building a software product that […]

The Complete Guide to Cross Cultural Design

Obrigado, JÔNATAS VIEIRA, Freelance designer,  for this article on cultural awareness in digital design. He provides a timely application of Trompenaars and Hofstede’s cultural models to a realm not often thought of as applicable. This article has been edited for length and clarity and the summarized version has been published with the permission of @TOPTAL  You can see the […]

How to Build a Multilingual App: A Demo With PHP and Gettext

Obrigado IGOR GOMES DOS SANTOS (FREELANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEER  @ TOPTAL) for this article on building multilingual APPs. While speaking the language is one thing, accommodating the variety of linguistic traits into the programming require special attention to detail. This article has been edited for length and clarity and the summarized version has been published with the permission of @TOPTAL  You can see […]

To Interpreters:  This is why you rock (part 2 of a 3-part series)

A key player in the field of intercultural communication is the interpreter.  Interpretation is a thankless profession often because those who do their job well seamlessly facilitate communication between people who otherwise could not communicate.  We take for granted the skill of multilingualism because of amazing advances in technology.  But, technology has a long way […]

Language IS Culture

Can one really learn a language without learning the culture? Can one learn a culture without learning the corresponding language? There is no question that people do it all the time, so why does this question keep coming up? I should ask, is it fair to treat a language as though it were created in […]

Taking Ownership Through Language

Do you think before you speak? You may answer, “Of course I do!” and yet every day we say or write formulaic expressions that can betray the image we want to present to the world.When someone says, “I can’t do X; it is against my religion,” they convey the message that they have not chosen their values for themselves; rather, […]