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  1. 1. /ɪ ntəˈk ltʃ ərəl/ ʌDefinition of intercultural adjective taking place between cultures, or derived from different cultures:intercultural communicationDerivativesinterculturalismnounBritish & World EnglishDid you mean cultural?French-EnglishculturelGerman-EnglishkulturellItalian-Englishculturaleculturali
  2. 2. Spanish-Englishculturalcommunication ɪ keɪʃ(ə)n/Pronunciation: /kəmjuːnːTranslate communication | into French | into German | into Italian | into SpanishDefinition of communicationnoun 1 [mass noun] the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium:television is an effective means of communicationat the moment I am in communication with London [count noun] a letter or message containing information or news:a telephone communication the successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings:there was a lack of communication between Pamela and her parents social contact:she gave him some hope of her return, or at least of their future communication 2 (communications) means of sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines or computers:satellite communications[as modifier]:a communications network [treated as singular] the field of study concerned with the transmission of information. 3 (communications) means of travelling or of transporting goods, such as roads or railways:a city providing excellent road and rail communicationsDerivativescommunicationaladjective
  3. 3. What is the definition of interculturalcommunication?Payhauler to find PayhaulerTrannys in stock andready to go! Ask for for Info on 1M Websites! FreeWebsite Intelligence & Trends.Answer:This is in many ways similar to group communication, but the role of groups is taken by ethniccultures. Culture, of course, is not just the domain of nations; it also describes the norms andconventions of groups (e.g. gang culture), and collectivities with shared knowledge and ideology(e.g. academic culture). However as it is used in communication studies, interculturalcommunication tends to descibe the relations between members of different ethnic groups andlanguages, interacting in an international context, such as the United Nations assemblies, or in acontext where one culture is dominant, such as in societies with minority migrant groups(Marsen, 2006). Definition of Intercultural CommunicationWhat is intercultural communication?Intercultural communication in its most basic form refers to an academic field ofstudy and research. Its seeks to understand how people from different countries andcultures behave, communicate and perceive the world around them. The findings ofsuch academic research are then applied to real life situations such as how tocreate cultural synergy between people from different cultures within a business orhow psychologists understand their patients.The definition of intercultural communication must also include strands of the fieldthat contribute to it such as anthropology, cultural studies, psychology andcommunication.There are many researchers and academics of note within the intercultural field, whonaturally all have different definitions of intercultual communication. For exampleKarlfried Knapp defines it as "Intercultural communication, defined as the
  4. 4. interpersonal interaction between members of different groups, which differ from each other in respect of the knowledge shared by their members and in respect of their linguistic forms of symbolic behaviour." For those wanting to dig a bit deeper it may be a good idea to look into the works of Edward T. Hall, Geert Hofstede, Harry C. Triandis, FonsTrompenaars, Clifford Geertz and Shalom Schwartz. The theories developed by the researchers and academics can and has been applied to many fields such as business, management, marketing, advertising and website design. As business becomes more and more international, many companies need to know how best to structure their companies, manage staff and communicate with customers. Intercultural communication gives them an insight into the areas they need to address or understand. Intercultural communication theories are now also used within the education, health care and other public services due to growing multicultural populations. What Are the Barriers to Intercultural Communication? By David Stewart, eHow Contributor Print this article As people travel more for education or business, communication across cultures is becoming increasingly important. Although all humans may express the emotions of joy, pain, anger and fear with the same facial expressions, it is the cultural background that determines the extent to which an emotion is expressed. Differences in culture can pose various blocks in the process of interaction and even cause rifts. An understanding of these barriers is therefore of great value if you wish to improve your ability to communicate and learn from a culture other than your own. How to Experience Intercultural Communication Readings About Intercultural Communication1. Anxietyo The very fact that you are facing someone of another culture often creates apprehension. You worry about whether you will be able to express your ideas correctly. If you happen to be communicating in a language other than your native tongue, you may have fears about grammar and pronunciation, as well as your ability to comprehend what the other person is saying. This anxiety in turn affects your ability to communicate with focus and clarity. Assumptionso When we dont pay attention to how other cultures differ from ours, it is easy to get trapped into assuming that everyone is the same just because they are human and have the same needs. This error, though inadvertent, often leads to difficulties in communication because cultures differ in their attitudes toward the pursuit of these needs. Some cultures, such as the Japanese, assume the opposite: that they are different
  5. 5. from others. Whether you assume similarities or differences, you are setting up a major barrier to communication because your assumptions make it difficult to develop mutual understanding.o Sponsored Links Bulk Email--Free Trial Email marketing to fit your needs. Start a Free 30-Day Trial Today. Language Differenceso Although people from different cultures may pick up the vocabulary of a new culture, their cultural differences can lead to miscommunication. For example, if an American host asks a guest from an Eastern culture, "Wont you stay to dinner?" and the guest replies "No," the guest is probably replying to the literal meaning of the query. He or she may want to stay but refuse the invitation because in his or her culture, it is considered rude to accept the first offer made. So the guest waits for the host to repeat the invitation a second or third time. The host, however, unaware of this, accepts the guests refusal. Stereotypeso When faced with anxiety about interacting with a new culture, most people resort to the false comfort of stereotypes. A stereotype is an overgeneralized belief that provides a starting point for understanding a culture. Although some stereotypes can be positive -- believing that the Japanese are good at math, for example -- the vast majority of stereotypes are negative and form the biggest block to communication. If you harbor a stereotype of Arabs as terrorists, for example, you may find yourself avoiding an Arab classmate. Tendency to Evaluateo To really understand and communicate across cultures, it is important to overcome any tendency to be judgmental. When they find something that goes against their culture, most people respond with disapproval rather than empathy. For example, an immigrant from an African country who is used to hardship may frown upon what he or she perceives as the wasteful expenditure of Americans on designer clothing. communication.html?ref=Track2&utm_source=ask Ways to Improve Intercultural Communication Intercultural communication skills are important in todays workplace environment. These skills can help you avoid unnecessary misunderstandings and misinterpretations due to ineffective communication. You can forestall frustration, tension and decreased productivity. Improve intercultural communication skills by learning about other peoples cultures, behaviors and communication styles; unlock the potential for a creative and dynamic cross-cultural environment.
  6. 6. Be RespectfulTreat others with respect and address them appropriately; this is especially importantfor closing and opening conversations. If youre unsure of how to address someone, askfirst.Learn About Other CulturesIn order to avoid insensitive comments and misunderstandings, research and learnabout specific cultures. At the same time, avoid overgeneralizing and stereotyping. Eachperson is an individual, so try not to make assumptions about a person of anotherculture based on what you have learned. Instead, aim for a better understanding andmore effective communication.Avoid Using Slang and IdiomsUse specific and relevant words when speaking. Slang and idioms will not be understoodby people of other cultures; try not to put others in a position that requires them to "readbetween the lines." Think before you speak. Clarify or rephrase your dialogue when youcatch yourself saying something that may be misinterpreted.Be AwareBe aware of your body and energy; nonverbal cues and gestures may communicate morethan you think. At the same time, pay attention to and be aware of others nonverbal cuesand gestures.Read more: Ways to Improve Intercultural Communication |