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Humans have been communicating since four million years On the other hand the birth of culture is estimated to have taken place about 35000 years ago Today both culture and communication have evolved considerably and have become interdependent of one another to the point that communication is considered to be a product of culture Thus our own culture has a deep impact on our thoughts and behaviors Since each culture has its distinct aspects intercultural communication can be the cause of conflict and disorder There are three main issues which are at the top of the problem of intercultural communication language as a barrier cultural diversity and ethnocentrism I will analyze these three notions in situations in which intercultural communication is frequent such as the workplace the classroom and vacation tripsThe way people communicate varies widely between and even within cultures One aspect of communication style is language usage Language has always been perceived as a link between people but it can also constitute a barrier Across cultures some words and phrases are used in different ways For example even in countries that share the English language the meaning of yes varies from maybe Ill consider it to definitely so with many shades in between Furthermore communication between cultures which do not share the same language is considerably more difficult Each culture has its distinct syntax expressions and structure which cause confusion in intercultural communication For example in Asian cultures the word no is rarely used so that yea can mean no or perhaps Therefore an American traveling to Japan might be considered impolite if he ignores this rule Furthermore individuals who are not comfortable with a certain language may not be taken seriously Such is the case in the classroom where a student who has perfect knowledge of the subject in question may have difficulty expressing his idea due to the inability to write properly and therefore he would not receive the grade he
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