Language and Cultural Barriers Essay

1362 Words Nov 25th, 2010 6 Pages
International Business Paper
“Language Barriers”

Table of Contents

Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………. pg. 2

Introduction ……............................................................................................................ pg. 3

Charleston, WV Immigrant Statistics…………………..………………………………. pg. 3

Common Cultural and Language Barriers……………………………………………… pg.4

How to Help…………………………………………………………………………… pg. 5

Summary………………………………………………………………………………. pg. 7

References……………………………………………………………………………… pg. 8

In today’s world, on a world-wide scale, we as a nation must work together to break down language and cultural barriers. With so many people immigrating to the United States and all the companies that
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Such a simple gesture as a friendly kiss is prohibited in parts of Asia where it is considered a sexual act. In the Middle East and parts of Indonesia, the left hand is considered unclean. • Personal Appearance—In various parts of the world, Americans are considered careless with dress, manners and body movements; generous with neighbors, superficial, shallow and short-lasting with friendships, ethnocentric—less interested in others, independent, and individually feeling. In some countries, our dress is considered provocative and rude. In countries such as China, India and Russia, women must keep their knees and elbows covered and shirts must be buttoned completely up to the neck. Pants are frowned upon in Japan and in the Middle East, cleavage is a definite no-no! However, in Latin America, women are appreciated for wearing bright, stylish clothing. Employers can help by being practical and learning to tear down the barriers, employers can reduce worker’s compensation injuries, improve the ability to recruit, hire and retain workers and increase productivity (charlotteworks.org, 2010). There are a lot of people in the United States who feel that people who live in our country should learn to speak our language; while this might not be the most practical statement, it makes sense when talking about positions such as customer service or anything that requires directions. It is so

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