Verbal Comm in Italian Culture Summary

Verbal Comm in Italian Culture Summary - Italian culture is...

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Italian culture is based on family, friendship and respect. These concepts directly influence the way Italians verbally communicate with each other. Italian communication is high context; therefore, nonverbal and verbal communication methods are equally important in a conversation (Italy par. 1). Italian is the official language although many diverse dialects are used around the country. Furthermore, especially in the business setting, English is often used. Certain guidelines pertain to conversations among Italians. First, it is important to remember that Italy is a “high power distance culture” so a social hierarchy exists. One’s position in the hierarchy is reflected in daily conversation. When speaking to a higher-level employee or attending a dinner party, one must show proper respect and gratitude to the superior and host. Politeness is not enough in these situations. Rather, Italians attending a dinner party remain standing until the hostess invites them to sit. (Italy par. 6).
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