Intercultural Communication : Communication And Communication

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Intercultural Communication Mid-term
All communication is cultural. It ties to where we 've grown up, how we have learned to speak, and even how we have learned to communicate nonverbally. That being said, intercultural communication or "the symbolic exchange process whereby individuals from two or more different cultural communities attempt to negotiate shared meaning in an interactive situation" is an ever evolving discipline (Ting-Toomey & Chung, 2012, p. 5). In today 's world, intercultural communication will be extremely important, because after all, diversity and the need for cultural awareness will only be increasing. In light of this, over the course of this semester I have partnered with an international student, to see just how intercultural communication actively takes place in everyday communication events. In the following few pages, I will talk about several communication events I have shared with this student so far, and evaluate them for what may or may not make them effective in intercultural communication.

Before getting into the conversations I have shared with my friend though, I would like to briefly introduce her. My intercultural partner goes by the name of Ruth, and she is an international student from Ireland here to study at the University of Montana. She has been within the united states for a little over a year now, and although most of the time, I see her as just another college students from the U.S., there are times where I am instantly…
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