Communication across cultures
Steve Kaufmann, one of the founders of The Linguist, recently attended a language learning conference in Germany.
One of the ideas he came back with from one of the workshops was that not all failure in communication across cultures is language-based. Some of it is also based on cultural differences.
One of the slides showed this date from Culture Reactive:
Linear cultures – Northern EuropeanMulti-active – Latins, Africans, Slavs, Indians, Middle EasternReactive – Asians
People from different cultures working together causes problems. It is not just language.
Does this make sense? Agree or disagree?