Intercultural communication is becoming increasingly important in the 21st century. More than ever before in history are so many different cultures coming in contact with each other. This phenomenon provides us with endless opportunities to unite and benefit our global society.
However, what our world is lacking of today, are people who can adopt a truly global perspective in order to improve intercultural communication by accepting and understanding their differences.
There is not a ”good” or a ”bad” culture, the only difference is that some cultures are different to the one you are used to. A culture will not adapt to you, you have to get adapted to the certain culture.
If you learn different languages, you are able to benefit society on a global scale due to your understanding of the differences that separate cultures from one another. Our own culture mostly remains invisible to us, due to the fact that we have not really come across many others. Only by learning a second language will you have the basis to compare our own culture to another. This will enable you to experience a kind of ”cultural enlightment”.
By learning more about others will you be able to discover differences that will help you learn and identify more about yourself. When speaking the language of a certain culture, you form a bridge that connects your cultural backgrounds with theirs and so improve intercultural communication.
“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe-
In the business section we mentioned that interacting to someone in their native tongue gives them a feeling of trust and respect. Only by being able to view the world in another culture’s perspective, will you be able to fully understand and blend in. It is therefore important to keep an open mind and be ready to accept new ways of doing and seeing things.
This will enable people to interact in a closer and more familiar environment with you.
Get a head start by seeking out information about cultures in order to reduce some misunderstandings from the beginning.
You can get a brief overview of a country’s culture here before you start to learn different languages.