Cross cultural communication

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High and low context countries (JP)
High context culture, many things are left unsaid, letting the culture explain. Words and word choice become very important in higher context communication, sincea few words can communicate a complex message very effectively to an in-group (but less effectively outside that group), while in a lower context culture, the communicator needs to be much moreexplicit and the value of a single word is less important.
JP: Is extremely high in the American culture, we have more of a individualistic attitude and are self-reliant in which we look after ourselvesand close family members. We make decisions on the spot, and assume personal responsibility, we also use “I” quite frequently when communicating.
PACO: Venezuela as most Latin countries is consideredto be a high-context culture. For instance, when communicating Venezuelans focus strongly on the context and a large part of the meaning lays in the physical context, which includes facialexpressions, tone of voice and gestures. As a result, the message itself carries less information. That is why we are indirect, Venezuelans do not explicitly say what they want to convey.
For that reasonVenezuelans don’t usually state their opposition directly, we prefer an indirect communication style since it avoids dealing straight with conflict. When issues arise, they are dealt privately, in a mannerthat does not publicly embarrass anyone or cause them to lose respect in their own eyes or those of other individuals.
Gustav: Sweden is a low-context culture this means that in social situations thenorms are not displayed clearly outsiders are seen as they should know the behavior of that culture without further explanation. This makes it important that whenever cultural outsider visit thisculture to ask questions about the behaviors that are not understood.
Verbal aspect of the culture
The verbal part of Swedes communication is basically taking hierarchy very lightly it has changed...
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