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Intercultural Communication and Language Introduction This node will explore the relationship between intercultural communication and language. It will begin by examining the connection between language and culture. Language and culture are two important areas that affect intercultural communication. It will continue with an overview of the model of intercultural communication and the role of language. This node will conclude with a review of barriers language presents during intercultural communication. Watch the following video to gain an understanding on culture: Culture is something that unites people Learning Materials What would the world be like without a common language? Without a common language, individuals would not be able to establish the foundations of a culture. They would not be able to share their values, attitudes, or beliefs with one another, share their views of the world, or pass on their unique cultural traits to the next generation. In the same way, it is people’s cultural values, attitudes, and beliefs that help people progress into the future and establish the subsequent generations. Culture helps individuals develop, go forward, and sustain language. Both language and culture must be shared to endure in the future. Language and Culture The cultural environment of intercultural business is often misleading. An assumption made by those new to the global market is that learning a new language will allow them to move around any cultural differences. There is a vast difference between learning a new language and learning a new culture. The language of a country often influences the cultural values and behavior patterns shared during communication; this is similar to how the language of a country
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influences the cultural behaviors and verbal intonation used during communication. Although
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