Running head: Verbal and Nonverbal Communication between Cultures

Communication Between Cultures and Genders

Joanelle Jones

University of Phoenix

Communication Between Cultures and Genders

    It is impossible to not communicate; even the act of not speaking is a form of communication in itself.   When a statement or action has been understood by a receiving party, communication has taken place. Subcultures worldwide develop different rules of communication, both verbal and nonverbal. Communication is more than language use and nonverbal behavior (Remland, 2000).
    Nonverbal communication is multidimensional, understating what is being said or thought can be interpreted from nonverbal gestures such as; body or facial gestures, tone of voice, habits of dress or hairstyle (Remland, 2000).   It is important to understand that different cultures have different appropriateness to nonverbal communication, for example a hand gesture of a thumb up may offend someone in a different country, but in the United States this is a gesture of approval. We tend to judge a person’s willingness to interact by their facial expressions (Remland, 2000). Restricted facial communication can suggest a lack of involvement and interest, but smiling, on the other hand is considered as positive communication.
Verbal communication is literally want is means the act of putting words together to form sentences that express a thought, feeling or idea is verbal communication. This type of communication is usually understood universally, the language may change from continent to continent, but the effect is still the same.   For example a boss delegates work tasks to each department and explains what is expected, the co-workers ask for clarification of their job duties, now a dialogue has begun, this is verbal communication.
    Now men and women are on different wavelengths when id comes to communicating. For males, conversation in a way negotiates status or independence. For...