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Cultural Variations in Communication Style Introduction This node will explore how culture affects perception, and this depends on the variations in communication style. Language is an important part of intercultural communication and has remarkable implications in people’s lives. The node will continue with the concepts of high- context and low-context cultures and how to read the signs to avoid barriers during intercultural communication. The following video is about high and low context: Edward T hall Learning Materials Communication is something that cannot be shut off. There is never a time or place where people cannot communicate. A person who does not want to communicate may sit quietly in the corner of a room, but his or her nonverbal cues of face expression, eye movement, and body language communicates that he or she is trying to avoid communication. Because communication is both verbal and nonverbal, it involves people’s behavior. By its very nature, communication involves behavior. The authorities on communication assess that around seventy percent of all communication is nonverbal, and this assessment will vary from culture to culture. Through enculturation, people learn from early childhood how to behave, and overtime people’s nonverbal behavior becomes unintentional. Communication involves both the intentional use of words and unintentional use of behavior. Most people are unaware of how much they communicate even with unintentional choices.
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Communication style is a combination of verbal and nonverbal communication. During intercultural communication, the proportion of verbal and nonverbal communication will vary among cultures. The communication style of any culture is reflected in words and behavioral
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