Karen Phillippi: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
0:35 turn their backs reject, send away
1:15 Lansing, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Traverse City cities in Michigan’s lower peninsula
1:35 stakeholders people and organizations who have an interest in the success of the project
1:37 economic development, non-profits, ethnic chambers (of commerce) planning for area-wide business growth; organizations that focus on doing good for the community without concern for profit; chambers of commerce focusing on membership of non-majority groups (e.g., Latinos, Arabs, etc.)
1:58 attorney lawyer
2:35 streamline processes making the processes smoother and more efficient
2:55 2010 U.S. census the counting of the U.S. population that takes place every 10 years
3:14 repopulating gaining back lost population
3:38 entrepreneurial act an action that is bold, independent, and new
3:40 in itself alone
3:59 Japanese subsidiary company that has a Japanese parent company
4:00 fleeing running away
4:03 Chaldeans Arab Christians from what is modern-day Iraq
4:07 whole host of reasons many reasons
4:30 four seasons Winter, spring, summer, and fall are all distinct climates.
5:00 ethnically diverse having many racial or tribal backgrounds
5:30 Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) http://www.michigan.gov/lara
5:34 state agency a department of state government with a special function
5:43 Skilled Immigrant Licensing Guide http://1.usa.gov/1R8kilp
6:01 cosmetologist someone who trains in the application of beauty techniques
6:14 get credentialed become officially approved by a licensing agency
6:47 Welcoming Michigan http://welcomingmichigan.org
6:58 Receiving Communities http://bit.ly/1JmM3RQ
8:09 bureaucracies government agencies that are controlled by officials (instead of elected representatives)
8:27 nuances small, almost unnoticeable, differences
8:48 a little edgy slightly upset or in a bad mood
8:50 shrill voices loud, harsh voices
9:07 foreign nationals people born in other countries
9:17 across the spectrum across the full range of differences
9:28 advanced degrees masters or doctoral degrees
9:42 up the food chain higher in the system
9:50 shelved put onto the shelves for purchase
10:05 harvesting that crop bringing in the fruit or vegetables when they are ripe
10:36 Michigan Talent Bank http://www.mitalent.org
11:09 supplement U.S. talent adding to the work pool beyond American workers
11:20 in the Mitten State Michigan is shaped like a mitten (or the palm of the right hand.)
11:45 Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) http://www.michiganbusiness.org/about-medc/mission/
11:50 Upwardly Global (UpGlo) https://www.upwardlyglobal.org/about-upglo/office-locations/detroit
12:04 Michigan State (University) https://msu.edu
12:12 permanently authorized individuals people with green cards
12:16 underemployed working with fewer hours than desired
12:22 soft job skills skills that allow you to get along well with others

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Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.