Cultural Interviews with International Business Executives is a compilation of around 1000 brief video clips in which executives from different countries discuss (in their native language) cultural issues that are of interest to North Americans. These executives offer their opinion on a number of issues related to their experience in working with North Americans. These interviews serve as an excellent resource for intermediate and advanced learners of a foreign language. To date we have executives who speak Chinese German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. Beyond foreign language learning, these interviews also serve to compare cross-cultural opinions about professional activities.
We have subdivided the interviews into 2 major topics. The first section “Negotiation Topics” deals with the interviewees perceptions about how their work is different when specifically working with North Americans. The second section, “Bonus Topics” deals with general social, language, and scheduling issues that come up in intercultural exchanges. Users can view these interviews by language (click on any of the languages on the left sidebar). All of the video clips are also available on youtube (and they are embedded here in this site). The youtube video clips also provide subtitles in the original language and English translations, which you are welcome to turn on or off, depending on personal preferences.