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Cultural Differences' Effect on Intercultural Communication

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How might cultural differences affect communication between culturally diverse groups?
What are some current examples of how language is used to perpetuate stereotypes of culturally diverse individuals?

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Cultural differences may include nationality, ethnicity, primary language, religion, where someone lives, family culture, socioeconomic status, gender, race, sexual orientation, common interests, values, morals and much more.

Therefore, looking at that long list, it is amazing to notice how many differences may exist between us all!

Communication and Cultural Differences

Communication comes in between and amongst all of this. We can see in our news today, how there are back-and-forth conversations over different values and morals. When two people (or groups) do not see eye-to-eye on a particular issue, these differences are either compromised, one eventually concedes with the other, the two separate, or there is a never ending argument.

This may occur in families if both parents come from different backgrounds. For example, if ...

Solution Summary

In this solution, basic examples are provided to help examine the ways cultural stereotypes are perpetuated through language, within society and the media. The ways communication may be affected between differing groups are also considered. Questions are provided to aid in examining his or her own experiences with language and stereotypes.

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