Essay On Communication Experience

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1) Communication Event:

Three summers ago I left the country for the first time. I was provided this opportunity when I was offered a job to work in Spain. My job was to speak English with the campers, so that they could practice their second language (English) speaking skills. During my Skype interview before going to Spain, I made it very clear to my soon-to-be bosses that I had very little knowledge of Spanish. To my surprise, this was actually preferred so that the campers would be forced to practice their English with me instead of speaking Spanish with me. It was not until then that I realized just how dominant of a language English is. At the Barcelona airport my bosses picked me up and then we drove 2 hours to Ripoll, a village
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To examine this, I want to take the specific perspective of the daytime front desk employee, Ana, who worked at the hotel that the camp was held and where I lived. Since Ana worked most days, I saw her nearly each day when I lived in Spain. Despite this, we struggled to have interactions as she only spoke Catalan. When we did try to communicate it was very difficult and we often “gave up.” Regardless if we were trying to communicate through English or Catalan, she would express irritated body language (rolling eyes, sighing etc.) and we never truly understood each other. Through Ana’s body language, I felt as if she lacked sympathy towards the situation I was in; being completely along in a somewhat small village that spoke a language I did not know. I later learned through another hotel/camp employee who spoke English that the Ana felt that I was a stuck up American, who did not care about their culture or language, and was not smart enough to learn the language. Ana’s reasoning for this assumption was because I spent a lot of time alone instead of with natives, rarely had an appetite for the food, and had not learned much of the language during my time …show more content…
In this assumption, human beings live in communication to create and do things; human beings co-create a social reality both for themselves and in conversation, and sharing information is dependent on both personal and interpersonal meaning between the person’s personal experiences in the interaction and the result shared understanding between the communicators (recitation, J. Ahumada, 12 Sep. 2016). Therefore, this theory would complexify Ana’s perspective of our interaction as she gains an understanding that in every social situation, both participants are managing their meanings and actions based off of each of their

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