Introduction to "Intercultural Communication"
Have you ever asked yourself how much time you spend communicating to others during your day? Indeed we all spend a considerable time doing so.
Intercultural communication focuses at the communication habits of people with diverse backgrounds. Probably language is the first thing that now came into your mind? And yes, true absolutely. Using language, either written or spoken, is fundamental to communication. But before diving in the deepness of linguistics lets have a look at non-verbal communication.
This kind of communication we most likely all used already during travels or when meeting friends from other culutres.
In terms of non-verbal communication we basically differentiate between so called "symbols" and "signals".
Symbols are signs and sounds or even gestures. Symbols usually have similiar meanings even when crossing boarders. The message of symbols is culturally transmitted.
Signals can be considered as instinctive gestures or sounds and have a self-evident meaning. Signals are not learned and usually convey an emotional content.