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mid-week Connect: 3/8/23 ~ Using slang - or not!

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

In a work related cultural moment this past week, I came across the use of what I would consider to be slang, and it caused me to pause because I didn’t understand what was being said. So - I thought this is a good topic to explore together today. It is part of the Skills Applications component of our PROACTive Learning Strategies, because you might gain a new skill (like learning a new word) BUT you need to apply that skill appropriately to effectively communicate cross culturally…and using slang in particular can be a tricky skill to navigate.*

The word came in an email asking about services being provided - the request was whether we had any “bandwidth”. Now, literally, I thought they were asking how our internet connection was. But that did not make sense in the context of the services we provide. So, I asked my supervisor, who incidentally is a generation younger than I am…

And she laughed and explained that the word in this context meant ‘did we have time to meet with them’. Huh?!

Wow…glad I asked.

And, aside from answering the inquiry appropriately, I see several broader cross-cultural Applications here:

One is to be on the lookout for slang, or any other terms or phrases being used in what appears to be a different way…you never know when you’ll come across one.

Next, don’t make assumptions based on your current knowledge or skills - especially if something seems a bit odd.

ASK someone else, and preferably someone with a different perspective than yours, who might be able to shed light on the situation.

And if you need input on this - I have some bandwidth these days to help out, so shoot me an email!

How about you ~ what is the most recent new slang you have come across and how did yu navigate it?

Share about that with a friend or note it here.

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on slang - using it, or maybe not!

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,



~ Related Connects for cross-cultural Skills Applications (scroll down to find the date)

8/12/20, bartering; 1/20/21 child’s play; 4/27/22 other worlds

Samples of slang from…



BUT beware!!

Using slang can be tricky even in your own culture, and especially when you try it out cross-culturally so here are some helpful tips:


* Through my business Global SKILLs and several partner subsidiaries I offer unique cross-cultural consulting and training including:

3 Dimensional Dynamics Model:

1st dimension = HOME ; 2nd dimension = HOST ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR)

PROACTive Learning Strategies: PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Application (which we explored this week), Collaboration and Transformation

~ contact me for more information on this model and these strategies and how you might use them in your current programming:

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