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week7 - I agree that our patterns of communication is...

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I agree that our patterns of communication is influenced by our culture. The relationship between communication and culture is a very complex and intimate one. Since culture are created through communication; that is, communication is the means of human interaction through which culture characterises- whether customs, roles, rituals, laws, or other patterns are created and shared. For example, Americans may address each other by their first names even thought they are not acquaintance. In contrast, Chinese address each other in a formal way as it is sign of respect. Only people, who know each other very well refer to each other by name. I remember I was shocked when I heard someone calling their parents by their first name when I first came to the US. It is absolutely unacceptable in Chinese culture and I think I would get slap in my face. I agree that 90 percent of communication is nonverbal. Since we are not talking 24/7 and we
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