Everyperson in the world his or she owns culture that he/she is affiliatedor connected to. Culture has been and remains one of the elementsthat are used to define people, communities, and societies at large.Moreover, culture and communication are two things that areinterconnected in the sense that culture is symbolic incommunication. Some of the symbols of culture include group skills,knowledge, values, attitudes, values, as well as, motives. This leadsto the broad definition of culture in that it is the beliefs,customs, as well as, arts that are found in a particular society,group, place and time as well (Samovar,Porter, McDaniel & Roy, 2014).
Communicatingacross cultures is one of the most challenging things incommunication. This is because of the fact that each culture has aset of rules that the members take for granted. Each country has adifferent language which means that even the nonverbal means ofcommunication vary in culture as well (Samovar,Porter, McDaniel & Roy, 2014).A form of nonverbal communication may have a certain meaning in acertain culture but it has a different meaning when it comes toanother culture. This means that understanding the features ofdifferent cultures is paramount in order to make sure that there isno conflict between interacting cultures (O’Neill,2011).
Lookingat me as a person, my culture is characterized by age groups wherethe old are the most respected and are not to be disputed in theirguidance of the society. This can be termed as social identificationwhere the family is the key basic social element. Secondly there istradition and customs as defined by my culture, finally there is artsand literature, which has equally contributed to who I am in thesociety. As per my culture, it is the duty of the young members ofthe society to obey and help the older members of the community. Thisis important in communication because it helps me to accord the samerespect to the older members of a different culture especially when Imove to another country. The way I communicate with my age mates isnot the same way that I communicate with elders regardless of theculture in which they come from. This crosses the bridge that existsbetween my culture and that of other people.
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