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    Questions about intercultural communication

    I've been dealing with intercultural communication lately, so I have some questions I couldn't find the answers to.

    1. How can the differences between two cultures draw people closer to each other?
    2. Could you, please, provide examples and elaborate
    3. What could be a good field to explore it in? How?

    Thank you

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    Re: Questions about intercultural communication

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    I've been dealing with intercultural communication lately, so I have some questions I couldn't find the answers to.

    1. How can the differences between two cultures draw people closer to each other?
    2. Could you, please, provide examples and elaborate

    Thank you
    What are your ideas?

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    Re: Questions about intercultural communication

    Well, since I live in Serbia, I've been thinking about the differences between Albanians and Serbs, or Croats and Serbs but, the more I think, the less I know.
    I'm aware of the differences that could hinder the communication, but I really can't see how they can improve it.

    I'm sure you have some good ideas
    Last edited by fighting spirit; 11-Jun-2011 at 12:34.

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    Re: Questions about intercultural communication

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    Well, since I live in Serbia, I've been thinking about the differences between Albanians and Serbs, or Croats and Serbs but, the more I think, the less I know.
    I'm aware of the differences that could hinder the communication, but I really can't see how they can improve it.

    I'm sure you have some good ideas

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    Hello, Fighting Spirit:

    (1) Well, I have thought of a bad example, and when I say "bad,"

    I mean "BAD"!!!

    But it might give you an idea of a better example.

    (2) Let's say that groups A and B dislike each other. How could their

    differences bring them together? (Remember: this is truly a horrible

    example!!!) Let's say A loves ice cream, but B hates ice cream. B is

    is always yelling to A: "You dirty ice cream lovers!!!" Then a very wise

    man in A gets an idea: he goes to B and says, "We love ice cream, but

    we need cones. Would you like to manufacture our cones?" Well, B --

    like every other group -- is not going to turn down a chance to make

    money. So today B not only makes cones for A, but B even encourages

    A to eat more and more ice cream.

    (3) I know no thing about the former Yugoslavia, but is there something

    that could bring the various groups together -- even if it is only

    "making ice cream cones" for profit?

    (4) Here in the United States, we have a saying: Make lemonade out of

    lemons. That is, lemons are sour, so add some water and sugar to make

    a delicious drink. OK, so the relations among the various groups of the

    former Yugoslavia are "sour." Is there some way to add some "sugar" and

    make some "lemonade"?


    Sincerely,


    James


    P.S. Congratulations on your efforts. The former Yugoslavia can become

    a wonderful place if all the groups realize the benefits of cooperating

    with one another.

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    Re: Questions about intercultural communication

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    I've been dealing with intercultural communication lately, so I have some questions I couldn't find the answers to.

    1. How can the differences between two cultures draw people closer to each other?
    I am also reading a book concerning the intercultural communication, but I think most of the time the differences between two cultures do not draw people closer to eacher other but it is rather the opposite due to some barriers of intercultural communication .

    Thank you Mr.James for your detailed answer, I appreciate it even I do not understand it very well.
    All the best for you.
    Last edited by symaa; 11-Jun-2011 at 19:45.

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    Re: Questions about intercultural communication

    TheParser thank you so much
    whenever I have a question, you're always there to answer and give nice, inspiring examples.

    When I mentioned the differences with the aim of communicating in a more positive manner, I wasn't refering only to the former Yugoslavia, that was just the first thing on my mind. I can think of many differences among former Yugoslavian countries, but still, I found nothing that could link them in a positive way

    Symaa thanks. Yes, cultural differences represent the barriers in communication but, believe it or not, they can also draw people closer to each other. Still, I don't know how

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    It depends on how people respond to those differences- they can bring people together or drive them apart. I don't think it's a question of the differences themselves. People have to want to accept and understand the differences and respect them- some do, others don't.
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    Re: Questions about intercultural communication

    Thanks for reply.
    I know that, but I still need concrete examles

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    Re: Questions about intercultural communication

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    I know that, but I still need concrete examples
    Perhaps your lack of success in finding examples suggests that there aren't many in real life.

    Despite the best efforts of many well-intentioned people to draw people of different cultures together, most of us appear to feel that our way of life is best. While we are often happy enough to try to bring our 'enlightened' ways to others, we are not very good at really valuing theirs.

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    Re: Questions about intercultural communication

    Differences are neutral, so I think the question is flawed. Differences don't do anything- people do. People come closer together because they want to (or not) and they have to adapt and learn to do so. I honestly can't see how a difference on its own can bring people together.

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