Language and Culture Differences Mindi Barker

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Language and Culture Page 1 Language and Culture Differences Mindi Barker Com200: Interpersonal Communication Instructor: Paul Hubble February 28, 2011
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Language and Culture Page 2 Language and Culture Differences Cultural body language differences are an important aspect of non-verbal communication. What can be seen in one culture as a compliment is often taken as an insult in another culture. In this research paper we are going to look at a brief sampling of mistranslated body language according to this article written by: Laura Jean Karr As a general rule, body language is believed to comprise up to 90% of our total communication. Studying certain patterns of movement allows us to communicate non-verbally within our own cultural groups. It is important to understand that one culture's set of acceptable body language gestures or movements may not translate with the same meaning in a different culture. For example, a handshake can denote a greeting and respect in one culture. That may not be the case in another culture, where a handshake may be taken as an insult. Body language is in fact the most mistranslated form of human communication in our world today and that is based on simple cultural differences. Here, we are going to take a look at the most common mistranslated cultural body language differences in order to help you become more comfortable and correct the next time you visit another country. Shaking Hands
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