Who Am I?
My name is JoAnne Stein.  From 2008-2010 I lived and worked in Russia (Moscow region) as an EFL teacher after graduating with degrees in International Studies and Russian.  I love all things intercultural: language, culture and communication, especially communication across cultures.

What do I write about?
I blog mainly about my cultural observations, experiences teaching, travelling, learning another language, my life abroad, and more related to language, culture and communication.  I have numerous other interests outside the intercultural field and occasionally I blog about these as they relate to intercultural topics.

Why I Blog
1. Passion. I’m passionate about all things intercultural.  Even before I started blogging I was constantly thinking about such things, researching them, and documenting my thoughts and observations.  In short, I live, breathe, eat and sleep all things intercultural.  It’s what I love and this blog is an extension of that.

2. Niche. Toni Morrison once said, “If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”  I think the same principle applies to blogs.  I’ve searched high and low for blogs on this topic and I’ve found several great ones.  But I hadn’t found one that addressed all the specific ideas that I wanted to read about.  So I decided to start mine and put it out there for other people in search of the same thing.

3. Networking. I always enjoy meeting people that share my passion and enjoy discussing similar intercultural topics.  So I hope to attract people with similar interests and start a dialogue that everyone can benefit from.  I also hope to create and share value through not only my own experiences and observations but through things I read or come across that others have written.

4. Education. Since I graduated university I really miss the intellectual stimulation that comes from a learning environment.  I love researching, reading and learning about various topics, especially intercultural ones.  So writing about this subject will keep me sharp and provide some mental stimulation and help me continue my own education.

Intercultural Interests
Intercultural Communication
Language Learning
Training (especially re-entry and relocation training)
Living Abroad
Expat Experiences
Culture and Ethics
Culture Shock
Reverse Culture Shock
Psychological Effects of Language and Culture
Language and Identity
Intercultural Understanding and Foreign Affairs
Intercultural Competence
Culture and Advertising
Personal Branding and Cultural Perception


8 Responses to About

  1. Roddy says:

    Hey! You got some mighty interesting blog out here!
    Being a russian I can definitely say so:)
    How long have you been living here?
    And by the way do you know Donnie Craig?
    You can contact me via my email.
    Have a Blessed day,

  2. I just discovered your blog and see that we share many of the same interests, so I’ll be looking forward to reading your posts. I’ve lived in quite a few countries, but not in Russia. Closest is Armenia, where I lived for 6 years.

  3. Val says:

    I’m currently traveling around Russia and just found your blog – love the observations!

  4. Alex says:

    Hey! I found your blog from expat-blog.com directory and definetely interested in getting in touch with you as iam doing a project for english-speakers in Moscow, being Russian by myself. Could we contact somehow and discuss a couple of topics?

  5. dhrey says:

    I just started a blog to express my interest in intercultural connections. I’m glad to find other people who share the same interest.

  6. archecotech says:

    Hello, Found your blog while doing a bit of research for my own. I’ve enjoyed reading a few of your posts. Hope you don’t mind, I linked your blog to one of my posts about expats living in different parts of the world. I’ll be back to explore yours. Thanks.

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