Intercultural Communications: Cultural Stereotypes And Communication With Foreigners

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Intercultural Communications Introduction The relationship that exists between culture and communication is quite strong with the former having substantial influence on the later. Basically, all forms of communications take place under a cultural context since the linguistic features are influenced by the same. Aspects of greetings, gratitude, taking leave, and complimenting, requesting, giving apologies, turn-taking and apologizing are all achieved through some form of communication, either verbal of non-verbal. As such they cannot escape the touch of culture. Accomplishing all these things have to be in line with the requirements of ethical and moral standards of the society. These are the major elements which constitute culture. Of significance is the fact that, different cultures communicate differently and meaning to some features of languages vary from culture to culture. Various concepts have been advanced with regards to the relationship between communication, features of languages and cultures. Some of the questions that have been advanced with respect to this association include whether understanding cultural stereotypes is mandatory for communications in foreign languages and whether learning a foreign language of a target country qualifies one to learn to communicate appropriately. Cultural Stereotype and Communication with Foreigners According to various studies, changes in the position of foreigners who come to stay in foreign lands, especially with
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