Cross Cultural Communication

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Cross Cultural Communication
Mohamed Elamin
Date: 02/23/2011
City University of Seattle

This paper is about comparing and contrasting the American style of communication and that of Bahrain. Different countries have their own interpretation for every single issue based on their culture background and their way of thinking. The most significant characteristics of American culture are: individualism, equality, competition, freedom and privacy, action orientation, directness, particularity, and a problem solving orientation. In Bahrain is somewhat the same as other Arab countries, religion faith and local traditions play a large role in the people’s lives, although Bahrain constitution is more liberal compared with other countries in the Middle East.

Cross Cultural Communication
Nowadays according to the fast growth of international businesses, communication between different cultures became essential. More and more of us are required to understand people who come from countries and cultures different from our own. Communication with people of different cultures is difficult because people have different culture background and have different ways of thinking, seeing, hearing, and interpreting the world. Thus the same words can mean different things to people from different cultures, even when they speak the same language. When the languages are different and translation has to be used to convey ideas then the possibility of misunderstandings are tremendously increased. According to my own experience, I was worked in Bahrain before I came to the United States I can say that each culture has its own criteria. Therefore a lot of researches had been conducted to help people understand and maintain good intercultural communication. In America people are equal and treated as the same in all aspects of life. In Bahrain according to the constitution all people are equal. But in fact people who belong to the royal family and people who are very rich, both of them have power to do whatever they want. They completely control the law and they always break the law. American wants to be successful. This is the American dream, which has attracted millions of immigrants and had been taught to generations of American children. Everyone wants to succeed in America in something. If you do not think in that way you may be consider a failure. Success is almost the highest value of American life. (Nussbaum, 2005, pra 2) In Bahrain also people want to be successful. But they usually look for qualified people to help them to success in their business. In general they do not like to work they usually hire eligible foreigners to help them finish their jobs. The most important thing in the matter of success is the God fate. The God fate is much important than human ability which mean everything is determined by the God. In addition, gulf countries governments support their residents with all their needs from birth to death. So people do not pay attention to the matter of success because everyone cans success without make huge efforts. Americans love freedom and privacy. In a way that means they love to be left alone. They do not want anyone interfering in their affairs, giving them advice, or trying to run their lives. It means that no one should object to anyone else's way of living. If you like opera and I like country music that is fine. If you want to get married and I want to live with someone without marrying her that is fine too. (Nussbaum, 2005, par 3) In Bahrain situation is completely different there are no freedom and privacy at all. Senior people usually intervene in young people life. Senior people they want to transfer their own experience to new generations through advice. They consider young people lack for experience, most of the time they enforce their children to fellow their directives. American people like action. They do not like too much planning. That seems indecisive and perhaps a waste of time. They do...
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