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  • 1. Communication 130
  • 2. High and Low Context Language
    • A high context language transmits little in the explicit message; instead non-verbal and cultural aspects of what is not said is very important. People must ‘read between the lines’ to understand the intended meaning of the message.
  • 3.
    • In a low context language, the message is very explicit. The sender states what is expected or wanted, and may state this multiple ways. They are direct and verbal.
    High and Low Context Language
  • 4. High and Low Context Language
    • Examples of High Context Languages:
    • Japanese, French, Chinese, Arabic
    • Examples of Low Context Languages:
    • English, German, Swedish, Danish
  • 5. High and Low Context Language
    • http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =8tIUilYX56E
  • 6. The Language of Numbers
    • 34.5 U.S.=34,5 in Europe. A decimal place is used for separating thousands in Europe. So, 8,453 U.S. = 8.453 European.
    • A billion= 1,000,000,000 in the U.S., Russia, France, Italy, Turkey, Brazil and Greece.
    • A billion= 1,000,000,000,000 in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, and some South American countries. (A trillion in the U.S.)
  • 7. Informal and Alternate Languages
    • Colloquialisms - informal words or phrases often associated with certain regions of the country.
  • 8. Informal and Alternate Languages
    • Acronyms- words formed from the initial letters or groups of letters in a phrase. Pronounced as one word.
  • 9. Informal and Alternate Languages
    • Euphemisms- inoffensive expressions used in place of offensive words or words with negative connotations.
    • -Pass Away (to die)
    • Senior Citizens (instead of ‘old people’)
    • Customer Service Department (‘Returns or Complaint Department’)
    • Time of the Month (Menstruation)
    • Collateral Damage
    • Shooting blanks (impotent)
    • A “Drink” (Alcoholic Beverage)
    • On ‘Hiatus’ (TV Program no longer in production)
    • Lay Off
  • 10. Informal and Alternate Languages
    • Jargon- technical terminology used by specialized groups, such as engineers, doctors, or teenagers.
    Cant - Vocabulary used by nonprofessional, noncriminal groups. Argot- Vocabulary of undesirable co-cultures; drug dealers, gangs, prostitutes, or murderers “ Ollie, kickflip, heelflip, and grinds are all examples of argot Nickel bag, Blaze, Dank, Sherm, Vitamin “E”