English Conversation as a Cultural Exchange

Here at Glish we have an incredible opportunity. Technology allows us to speak to people from all over the world. This means people of different ages, gender, religion—everything.

It’s a small world after all.

The world is shrinking rapidly. Nowadays, someone can hop on a plane and be safely on the other side of the world in less than a day.

But while it may be a small world after all, there are still inherent cultural differences between people around the world. We do not greet people the same way, or wear the same clothes and obviously, we speak different languages.

Cultural perspectives

The way we think about the world cannot help but be influenced by our environment. There are the obvious cultural differences such as food and holidays. But beyond that is a whole cultural landscape to be explored. What does someone in Japan think about the transgender community? What are people in Dubai doing to address climate change? How are racial issues dealt with in South America?

This is the beauty of Glish. Not only do we get to exchange a marketable skill to improve lives, but we also get to learn more about the world around us as we do it. Glish is about more than just learning English. It is about growing our understanding of humanity.

Why and how exactly are we different from each other? Why is one custom rude in one country, and a compliment in another? Glish is about challenging our assumptions of people and cultures. It is about recognizing your own prejudice as both a coach and a client, in an attempt to gain a real understanding of how the world works.

Mutual enrichment

The learning experience is not for the client alone. Our coaches are also continually learning about other value systems that may be quite different than what they are accustomed to. And, without judgment, think critically about those differences and how they shape the way people live and think about the world.

Glish digs deeper into conversation than the basic grammar rules and friendly greetings. By speaking with experienced coaches, clients not only improve their conversational English, they develop their cross-cultural communication skills.

Glish aspires to loftier goals

We want to inspire others to learn about the world around them. Cultural understanding is the first step to solving real global issues. Once we can understand how and why we are different, we can truly learn about the world in a meaningful way and help to improve it, one conversation at a time.

Glish is just what the name suggests: a global conversation.   

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