International Business

International Business

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  • Olivia greets Seo-yun with a handshake, a very formal Canadian greeting. Seo-yun presents Olivia with a business card with both hands, a formal way of greeting people in Korea.
  • Hello my name is Olivia, nice to meet you!
  • Hello, here is my business card.
  • Seo-yun then presents Olivia with a present, a common practice found throughout Korea. Presenting a gift is meant to establish a good relationship. Olivia is thankful for this gift but tells Seo-yun that it is not a common business practice in Canada.
  • Thank you for the gift, but this is not necessary in Canada.
  • Here is a gift to show you my appreciation for our relationship.
  • In Korea, it is common that business is conducted in a bar or restaurant. In Canada, it is usually conducted in a board room or office. Seo-yun asks to go to the local bar with Olivia to have their meeting. 
  • We normally conduct our meetings in the office, not in a bar or restaurant.
  • Let's go to the bar or restaurant to have our meeting!
  • Olivia begins to talk about the business plans she wants to address to her colleagues. Seo-yun is very quiet and is not presenting any feedback. In Korea, you're supposed to talk after eating your meal, not during.
  • Do you think that is a good idea? What about this? Is your food ok?
  • Please be quiet!!
  • Olivia and Seo-yun both finish their meals. Seo-yun begins talking about business now and explains she was told to enjoy her food rather than talk when eating. Olivia explains that eating and talking is a very normal thing to do in Canada.
  • In Canada, we always talk during our meals.
  • In Korea, we don't eat and talk. We enjoy our food and then eat.
  • They arrive back at the office and finish up their work for the day. At the end of the day, Seo-yun asks Olivia to come for karaoke, a thing most Koreans do after work with their colleagues. Olivia explains that at the end of the day, most people go home to their families.
  • Let's go do karaoke with all of your co-workers!
  • Everyone goes home after work to spend time with their families, we don't sing karaoke with each other.
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