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Unformatted text preview: Comm173 TTh12:00 Dr. Priya Raman 11/11/08 Homework 3: Case Studies in Intercultural Communication 1. In case study 2, Abdullah, the Director of Finance of Gulf Oil Company (GOC), invited his co-worker, Bill, the new senior accountant, to join him and some of his other Arab subordinates. Abdullah is your traditional Arab; meanwhile, Bill is of English descent. You can imagine how the two were raised with such diverse cultures, and they probably do not hold some of the values of life in retrospect. There are numerous intercultural barriers present in this situation that may make the evening unpleasant for either individual. I would like to begin with the most apparent barrier known as language. Bill speaks his native language, English, and Abdullah was brought up speaking Arabic primarily with English as his second language. According to the Language as a Barrier lecture notes, “Languages that we speak are learned through socialization in our cultures and reflect our cultures” (Language, 5). This suggests that language and culture go hand in hand, so in order to better comprehend the language, you must understand the culture. The situation begins on the wrong path as the two men experience their first misunderstanding of communication at the start of their date. Bill was told that he would be picked up at 6:30pm by Abdullah, so Bill was left waiting impatiently until Abdullah arrived to his home by 7:55pm. Bill interpreted his message to be very punctual; however, Abdullah’s culture has him speaking in his own various usage of the language. Abdullah has a typical elaborate style known as expressive . Expressive involves the use of exaggeration (Language, 15), whereas Arabs are not very punctual. When Arabs say something, it is merely just an estimate of that. For example, when Abdullah says that he will pick Bill up at 6:30pm, the time is not definite; it is more of a time frame for when to...
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- Intercultural Communication