The Pros And Cons Of Intercultural Communication

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1. Introduction The growth in foreign travel for business, study, training, or internship became a lifestyle nowadays. On the one side, the new EU programme for youth, training, education and sport, Erasmus+, will allow five million EU citizens to be mobile from 2014 to 2020. On the other side, because of the low economy growth and overall crisis, the expansion of international trade leads to constant increase in contacts across national and ethic borders (Knapp et al 2-3). More generally, the point of this work is to cast a light on problems that may occur in multicultural environment. Through this paper, I do not want to disuade young people from being mobile, because mobility is a lifestyle. On contrary, I want to cast a new light on mobility because mobility offers the limitless opportunities to young people. However, not all the people are aware that being in multicultural environment means being exposed to countless missunderstandings due to cultural differences. Moreover, if one does not know how to interpert those understandings, one can face lot of stress, anxiety, and difficulties while communicating. That is particularly why understanding culture and studying the phenomenon of intercultural communication is important. More specifically, I will base the research on my own intercultural experiences as…show more content…
That means that our expectations, regarding how people from other cultures and ethnic groups will behave, are based on how we categorize them (Gudykunst 2-3). That is how Hotspots or Rich points occur: Rich points are, according to Agar “[...] the linguistic tip of the cultural iceberg, the locations in discourse where major cultural differences are signalled; some things that come up strike you with their difficulty, their complexity, their inability to fit into the resources you use to make sense out of the world” (Hinnenkamp
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