Cultural Differences Can Cause Upheaval in the Private and Business Sectors of Life

Post by Lan Bercu on 20 February, 2013

In 2000, I woke up to a freezing Ohio winter, and my first family gathering with in-laws who came from Boston, New York and Cleveland. I am a Southern gal, from Vietnam, and my first impression of what was a constant chain of noise, wet kisses, tight hugs,

The Hardest Languages to Learn

Post by Lan Bercu on 10 February, 2013

Learning a new language can be difficult, but some languages can be trickier than others. For any learner, the difficulty level of a new language depends on a variety of factors: motivation, the language complexity, the immersion of the learner in the language and its culture... So which are the most difficult to learn? View the graphic developed by Voxy below to learn more. A few remarks from a Vietnamese native who speaks French, English, Chinese and Japanese...

Finding the Lost Art of Listening

Post by Lan Bercu on 31 January, 2013

It is the business of the general to be quiet

And thus ensure the depth in deliberation.

-Sun Tzu


The traditional Chinese language speaks in images, not words. It is a language composed of pictographs and ideograms. There are no tenses, gender, plural or singular indications, articles or prepositions made explicit, and quite often no subject or object identified.

On Change and Adaptation

Post by Lan Bercu on 27 January, 2013

Change, it is happening so fast. As I read the last Newsweek magazine in print, I learn from the news on my tablet that Day-Timer, one my favorite companies, is laying off a number of employees; looking over my husband’s iphone messages, I learn that our tenants, in droves, wish to return their retail space due to the fierce on-line competition.

You Make Your Own Luck: on Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism

Post by LanBercu on 02 January, 2013

I have to admit, I was born into a superstitious family and I am occasionally superstitious myself. I look to my yearly horoscope and avoid certain dates when it tells me that bad luck might come during those periods. If the forces are not favorable. I avoid making any high impact decisions and do not travel too far or get involved in high profile projects.