Between the lines

There are so many things we can learn about the people around us in a world where migration became normal. Also working atmosphere and holiday stays can be extremely enhanced by reading the behavior of your counterpart.

Gestures are one form of nonverbal communication in which visible body actions are used to communicate messages, either to replace speech or parallel with spoken words. Movement of the hands and head are mainly included. Gestures are culture-specific and can convey very different meanings in different social or cultural settings. That’s why it is so important to know the basics of gestures of cultures we live visit or even live with. A single emblematic gesture can have very different significance in different cultural contexts, ranging from complimentary to highly offensive.

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Reading emotions

Since people are travelling thousands of kilometers within a few hours intercultural communication gets more important every day. Also the fact that people do not automatically live where they were born gives us the duty to read people’s intention more carefully than we used to do.

As long as we have the same goals (work) or interests (private) we have less communicational problems. We are more tolerant and lenient with wrong wordings or reduced talking speed from foreign people. The so called “foreigner talk” seems nice to us. We laugh about bad told jokes and don’t put every word on the scales.

But what if we don’t know each other or what if we don’t know if we are on the same side? Continue reading