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Intercultural CommunicationKristine ReyesCommunications 180

How does culture influence communication?

Why is it important to be sensitive to cultures during communication?

"Culture influences communication in many ways, one example would be how one person greets another, some cultures give handshakes, others give a hugs or a kiss, or a simple hello in their communicating. Cultures vary by region, some third world countries have their own ways of communicating since technology is not as readily available to them, they might have to rely on the old fashion way by sending letters or traveling by foot like rural parts of Africa or Southern Mexico."- Daniela Lopez

"It is important to be tolerant to different cultures because we live in a diverse world where many people come from different backgrounds, everyone has their own way of living and communicating, so it is important to be aware."- Daniela Lopez

"I feel that cultures definitely influences communication because there are so many different cultures and customs. When I say something in English but the person I am speaking with only speaks Chinese, the translation used for communicating can cause misunderstandings to increase. Also the 'words' can mean different things to people who come from different cultures. Each culture also have different sets of rules and customs, not all people from the same culture will respond in the same way to what I am saying to them." - Allison Goldman

"It is important to be sensitive to cultures during communication because communication is interactive and it effects our relationship with others. If you aren't sensitive to someone's culture, you can cause miscummnication which cause unwanted conflict. Communication is also about body movements (such as: facial expressions, eye contact, etc.) the meaning behind each body movement varies between different cultures. If you aren't aware of your body movements, you can create miscommunication between one culture to the next. " - Allison Goldman

"Culture can influence communications because people's backgrounds can affect what other people think on a situation because every culture is different so people's views can be different."- Katerine Joy Reyes

"It is important to be sensitive during communications because not everyone will have the same views and some are not familiar with other cultures. People should respect others opinions and understand where they're coming from."- Katerine Joy Reyes

Chapter 3 SummaryI received insightful answers to the interview questions and learned much of what my friends think about culture. Culture is a mold that is set by a group of people that are agreed upon habits, religions, and ways of living and carrying themselves that identify them to a particular group. Likewise, an identity is formed within this group holding particular values and forms of behavior. Culture greatly influences communication because within that culture, certain rules of communication are laid out and expected to be followed. For example, in certain cultures you address teachers a certain way, you talk to your friends in a different way, you talk to your parents in another form, etc. In some cultures, communication with other groups of people is sometimes restricted. It is extremely important to be aware and educated within regards to the person you are trying to communicate with. Where that person is from has everything to do with the way they expect to be communicated with and in turn, the way they, themselves communicate. The textbook suggested that "values are the most deeply felt beliefs shared by a cultural group; they reflect a shared perception of what ought to be, and not what is." (Martin/Nakayama) I could see the connection of my friend Allison's response to this text of each culture having different set of rules and customs. Not every culture will share the same beliefs and values as you. The textbook also stated that some functions in other cultures like sexuality, gender and class may not be the same as the United States. My friend Daniela pointed out that we all come from different backgrounds and everyone has their own way of living like what the text stated. After completing my interview and reading chapter 3, I learned that it is important to be aware and respectful towards any culture. Another factor we must remember when learning about cultures is to have an unbiased opinion. “High or low levels of ethnocentricity influence an individual’s ability to successfully communicate interculturally” (Kathy McKeiver 2013). Different levels of ethnocentrism can prevent us from having barriers with one’s culture, it is important to keep an open mind at all times. Bibliography1. Martin, Judith N., and Thomas K. Nakayama. Intercultural Communication in Contexts. 5th ed. Boston, Mass: McGraw-Hill, 2007. Print.2. McKeiver, Kathy. "Identifying Barriers to Effective Intercultural Communication." Identifying Barriers to Effective Intercultural Communication. 1 Dec. 2013. Web. 19 Sept. 2015. 3.Daniela Lopez, Personal Interview, September 17, 20154. Allison Goldman, Personal Interview, September 17, 20155. Katerine Joy Reyes, Personal Interview, September 17, 2015


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