Communication Is More Than Just Words Essay

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Communication is more than just words. It is the method by which we connect with the world around us and transmit and receive information. The way that we communicate is the lifeline of all relationships and can make or break any relationship or situation. Culture derived from ethnicity, geographic location, nationality, family, and life experiences affect how we communicate and how we interpret the words and actions of others. Some examples of actions or behaviors that vary among different cultures are eye contact, touching, emotions, and even the use of the same words. For example, in some cultures, a loud burp at the dinner table is considered a compliment to the chef and the meal whereas in the United States, it is considered rude behavior. In the United States, it is considered rude to slurp at the dinner table, however in Japan, it is considered rude NOT to slurp at the dinner table as slurping is considered a compliment to the chef. Many U.S. households teach their children to finish all of the food on their plates as it is not proper to waste food when there are so many people who do not have food to eat. In some cultures, finishing all of your food is a sign that the chef did not provide enough food for you to eat. In the U.S. we are taught not to eat with our hands, however some cultures do not use eating utensils at all. Words can be perceived differently among cultures as well. For example, in the U.S., when we use the word “trainers” we are usually…

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