Language of Culture in Communication
Culture and its worldview reflects and impacts language in so many ways. The foundation is not necessarily the language a culture speaks, but how a culture thinks. How a particular culture thinks, acts, and its perception greatly influences and affects communication. A culture helps describes a particular situation or experience, in its own unique way it perceives the world, by this language is the means of communication.
Sometimes we forgot just how diverse we are, and there is an infinite variety of cultures in our world that we interact with everyday. There are some crucial skills we must learn to effectively communicate, which I learned about in, Communication Tools for Understanding Cultural Differences, by Michelle LeBaron. To be able to obtain these skills we must have the foundation of communication. We must have a strong self-awareness and self-knowledge about ourselves, to accomplish communicating well. This being our self-perception or self-image the way we look at ourselves and the world around us. With this, we have our perception, our lenses of the world, how we interpret information, our feelings, thoughts, and our understanding. Consciously and subconsciously, you weigh weather others’ thought, attitudes, actions, and reactions will work for you. (Hybels & Weaver, 2007, p. 35)
Without having this base, we would not have a sense of self and be unable to express anything. In addition, we must be familiar with other cultures, their influences, differences, and their understandings . You must have a cultural fluency or you might have a big misunderstanding or conflict. Cultural fluency means understanding what culture is, how it works, and the ways culture and communication are intertwined with conflicts. (LeBaron, 2003 p.1) How and why people act certain ways, it all based on their culture background, and gender.
There are two main tools this article talks about, the first is individualist and communitarian. This is basically the two main concepts of thinking or the system of expressions. Since all of these tools are used in the service of understanding culture, a working definition of culture is useful. (LeBaron, 2003 p.2) Individualist or independent thinkers, usually have the mentally of affecting only themselves, personal accomplishments, self-directed, and personal growth.
Communitarians or collectivist, usually have the mentally of contacting the affecting a group, or the communities, putting the group before themselves. Communication is the transporter of all of...