Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cultures and communication: Embracing cultures through email exchange

Does it or does it not happen when exchanging emails with people worldwide? The researchers found evidence that embracing attitudes, values, beliefs and norms from other cultures may happen to a certain extent in email exchange involving people from different … Continue reading

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Cultures and communications: How to overcome anxiety, hostility and defensive behaviour in email communication

When I first wrote my emails to peers in other countries I only looked at the enthusiasm of the moment and at its rewarding part: getting to know other people from other countries. Later on, when I looked for different … Continue reading

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Cultures and communication: Culture influences on email writing and interpretation

I carried out a study on this subject some years ago and I would like to share some thoughts about the culture’s influences on email writing and content interpretation. The study involved a number of European teachers that worked in … Continue reading

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Cultures and communication: Email as a learning tool

I sent out my first email 20 years ago. By that time I could not anticipate that the email as a communication means would change our professional and personal lives. My first emails were linked to teaching and learning activities. … Continue reading

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Cultures and communication: Marrying cultures and computers

Discussing several aspects of intercultural computer-mediated communication (ICCMC) Amant (2002) explains what happens “when cultures and computers collide”. He argues that some computer-mediated communication (CMC) aspects appear to go against the communication needs and anticipations of cultural groups, particularly in … Continue reading

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Cultures and communication: Barriers to intercultural communication

Factors affecting intercultural communication Researchers list various factors affecting the face-to-face intercultural communication (ICC). Five of them may as well apply to the intercultural computer-mediated communication: Perception. Broadly speaking the term “perception” means the ability of any individual to gather … Continue reading

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Cultures and communication: Understanding world cultures

Understanding world cultures In a face-to-face communication situation, people with the same cultural backgrounds tend to interpret each other’s messages and actions accurately. Even under ideal conditions, the message the receiver decodes is certainly not identical to the message the … Continue reading

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