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INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

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THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN OUR DAY BY DAY LIFE

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INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

  1. 1. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION ASSIGNMENT ONE 2017 Page | 1 SHIHEPO H.N 216031494 FULL-TIME @NUST The importance of Intercultural Communication In the modern world, businesses and many organizations are multinationals, meaning that executives, individuals and other stakeholders are forced or required to learn how to communicate with other counterparts from different cultural backgrounds. E.g. To effectively compete in the global market Namibian must understand how business and cultural approaches are conducted in other countries. With the knowledge in intercultural communication one can be entitled as an intercultural competent and that require that individual to possess the appropriate knowledge and the dynamic skills to handle cultural differences in the appropriate and effective manors. Intercultural communication awareness can also develop a creative mindset to highlight issues from different perspective with ridged prejudgments. The adaptation to the work place diversity and the involvement in productive problem solving is one of the important practical reasons to study intercultural communication, due to the fact that it assist organizations or individuals to respect, understand and to be more generative in their work place and other counterparts in the modern world. “We learn more from people who are different from us than those who are similar to us.” (Martin & Nakayama. 2010). I believe that the quality of ideas from the ethnically diverse group have significantly elevated outcome than those from an ethnically homogeneous groups due to the synergistic perspective. One may also study intercultural communication to improve and assist the global and intrapersonal peace. According to Sternberg1999 (cited in Toomey & Chang 2005) respect is a fundamental aspect to peace globally and interpersonally. Respect building is closely bided to intrapersonal building, meaning if we are at peace within ourselves we will hold more compassion for others around us. E.g. If Namibians tribes had respect for one another, then there will be no issues of tribalism and nepotisms or some tribes regarded as the superior tribe above others. Another practical reason to study intercultural communication is the improvement and the adaptation of intercultural relationships. Nowadays there is a fast rise in the intercultural mingling within the young nations. This is an indication of cultural sensitivity that is believed to unite people and deepen the self-awareness. E.g. A wambo man who mingles with himbas will easily understand and learn more about the himba tradition than a wambo man who distance himself from himbas. The intercultural communication enable one to have a systematic learning of the ideal themes and concepts in intercultural communication flexibility and a concentrative heart for one to
  2. 2. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION ASSIGNMENT ONE 2017 Page | 2 SHIHEPO H.N 216031494 FULL-TIME @NUST accept the close-cultural dissimilar. The practical capability to integrate knowledge and the responsive attitudes that can be in the form of listening, conflicts managements, constructive non-verbal sensitivity and classification are also the components or criteria of intercultural communication flexibility. I.e. one must possess a wide knowledge of cultures and the attitudes to develop an open-mindset and the skills to handle cultural issues in order to avoid cultural conflicts. The respective and responsive attitudes serve as a basic to drive us to communicate adoptively with people from diverse cultural communities. (Mhene.2017). Intercultural communication is very important in our social life due to the fact that, to effectively compete in the global market, one must understand how business and cultural approaches are conducted in other countries, and To become an intercultural expert you need to possess the appropriate knowledge and the dynamic skills to handle cultural difference in appropriate and effective manors to avoid intercultural conflicts. Respect is also believed to be the fundamental aspect to peace globally and interpersonally. I believe that the quality of ideas from the ethnically diverse group have significantly elevated outcome than those from an ethnically homogeneous groups due to the synergistic perspective. All the above mentioned scores are obtained via intercultural communication and they mapped its importance.
  3. 3. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION ASSIGNMENT ONE 2017 Page | 3 SHIHEPO H.N 216031494 FULL-TIME @NUST References Martin, JN & Nakayama,TK(2010), InterculturalCommunication in Context ,10 ed,Mc Graw Hill,New York. Mhene, M(2017), ICCprintout1, NUST,Windhoek. Ting-Toomey,S&Chung,LC(2005),Understanding InterculturalCommunication,OxfordUniversityPress, NewYork

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