Leslie Forman

Found in Translation

San Francisco Bay on a beautiful day October 15, 2014

Moving Home After Living Abroad: 4 Tips for Re-Entry

This is not my first experience with re-entry. I’ve experienced two severe bouts of reverse culture shock over the years, along with many milder ones. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way.

October 3, 2013

Working Abroad? How to Give a Presentation in the Local Language

This post originally appeared on The Daily Muse. Even if you’ve been working abroad for a while, and you feel comfortable getting around the city and chatting with colleagues, there’s something incredibly intimidating about being invited to give a formal presentation in your second (or third) language. Take it from me: The first week I […]

August 13, 2012

Se vende en China: The Best Chinese Translations of Spanish-Language Brands.

“Mama, I’d like some Happy Kids Grow Taller and Taller.” “Sure, dear.” That’s a literal translation of a conversation that could happen within a Chinese family. Happy Kids Grow Taller and Taller is a roundabout explanation of the Chinese name for a Spanish brand of chocolate powder. 高樂高 (pronounced gao le gao) is the product’s Chinese […]

January 30, 2012

Larry Summers is Wrong: Why Learning Multiple Languages is So Valuable

Today’s New York Times features a Room for Debate section about the need to learn multiple languages. Six panelists, including author Stacie Berdan, agree that it is crucial to learn more than one language to operate in the new, globalized world. They all refute an assertion by Lawrence Summers, former president of Harvard University and former […]

December 9, 2011

Review: One White Face by Hilary Corna

I just read One White Face, a memoir by Hilary Corna, a young American woman who moved to Singapore right out of college and spent three years traveling the the Asia-Pacific region training Toyota dealerships in Kaizen. I enjoyed it, especially her descriptions of Toyota’s business culture and the reverse culture shock she felt when […]

December 7, 2011

The Cultural Revolution Cookbook: A Tasty Embrace of China’s Contrasts

Thanks to a thoughtful recommendation from Elise Bauer, author Scott Seligman sent me a review copy of The Cultural Revolution Cookbook, which is available on Amazon.com. I loved the book’s artful explanation of how disastrous government policy brought forth creative self-reliance. For most Chinese who lived through the Cultural Revolution, the very idea of a […]

November 6, 2011

How to Give a Speech that Resonates

I’ve been meaning to write about Nancy Duarte for a long time. Now I have the ideal examples to write this in a California-China-Chile context! Yes! Nancy and my dad worked together many years ago at Apple. In 1990 she founded Duarte Design. The company has since grown into the world leader in presentation design and training. […]