French translation: Il est essentiel de se préparer
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17:29 Nov 24, 2006
English to French translations [Non-PRO] Social Sciences - Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
English term or phrase:there is no substitute for preparing oneself
Understanding the meanings associated with particular gestures, facial expressions, and body positions require specific knowledge of a culture.
It can be a particular problem when the participants in a cross-cultural interaction are of different sexes.
For example, the physical closeness of Hispanic or Arab men might be misconstrued as a sexual advance.
There is no substitute for preparing oneself for the vast differences in nonverbal behaviors and forms of social and business etiquette.
A number of books and resources that deal with the do’s and don’ts for specific countries and regions are available.