Stumbling Blocks In Interculturalcommunication

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Summary of"Stumbling Blocks in InterculturalCommunication " "Stumbling Blocks in Interculture Communication" is a piece of article about communication barriers that occur between people who belong to different cultures. In general, author divided these frustrations into six categories; Assumption of Similarities, Language differences, Nonverbal Misinterpretations, Preconceptions and Stereotypes, Tendency to Evaluate and High Anxiety. These sections contain majority of the frustrations people ever met when they communicated with people who come from other culture. In addition, the author also gave the comments on how to overcome these serious issues. Following, it is the specific of intercultural communication barriers. First of all, assumption of similarities. The author points out that people tend to assume that we have enough similarities to communicate with each other, even with the people who come from totally different culture. But the reality is not in accordance with people's assumption. Thereby, people always ignore the differences that occur in the intercultural environment and occasions. People also are used to easily label other when someone's behavior differs from themselves. It is widely aware that the assumption of similarity results in people ignoring the distinctions of the meaning of nonverbal symbols, signs, and signals. People are more likely to misunderstand that meaning of nonverbal symbols, signs and signals are same across the world wide. Thereby, they would like to understand nonverbal behavior in their culture's way. From the case discussed in the article which happened in America; I have learned that the assumption of similarity of different people who come from different countries sometime could be impolite. Even though, you are friendly to act. For example, in America nodding, smiling,and being affirmative from other people means
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