The English teacher is explaining how to read emails, addresses, and provide a short introduction about one’s work, one’s company, one’s personal information, and one’s free time activities. Did you know: the Japanese say @ as “at mark”, but in English @ is just “at”? In the USA, a 〒 is called “zip code” but in Canada it is called “postal code”? Do you know the difference between – (“hyphen”) and _ (“underscore”)?
Small but important differences in naming and communicating can make a very big difference in first impressions. It’s important to have polite gestures, good posture, maintain eye contact, and to shake hands firmly with a warm smile. Speaking slowly and clearly is best in business and accuracy is more important than in casual conversation. After all, business is based on trust, and international business is no exception. The first step to building trust is making a good first impression. Let’s learn and practice over and over, until we can do it naturally.