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I am working in Sweden right now, and a suggestion has come up to use a global tagline for a project. It's to get everyone talking in a long term discussion about company culture and teamwork, etc. The line is:

"Join the dialogue"

Now for Swedes this sounds fine and dialogue is a friendly word - in Swedish. But for me, as a native speaker, it feels formal and stiff. But I see it in lots of places on the net, and the more I hear it I think , well, its ok. Any opinions? It should be a warm invitation for everyone to get involved, but its a rather serious issue as well.

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  • Your instinct that it sounds, not unfriendly, but stilted, is correct. More idiomaticall, we'd invite people to "join the conversation" or "join in the conversation".
    – Dan Bron
    Jul 8 '15 at 6:58
  • How about "Vi uppskattar din feedback, men inte lika mycket som vi ogillar det"?
    – deadrat
    Jul 8 '15 at 6:59
  • Ha, ha, very funny, maybe I can use that in my persuasive arguments against just that phrase. :) Thanks for the input, now I can go out a bit more confidently in my discussions, or dialogues even conversations? - or I could just talk about it, I suppose...
    – Nicole
    Jul 8 '15 at 15:20
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It sounds formal, rather than unfriendly. For something more inviting try 'Join the conversation'

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