Indirect v.s. Direct Communication Round 1

Every culture has indirect and direct style of communication. Communication style is how you talk to people of the same or opposite sex, your body language when you talk, how you react to certain situations, and how much emotion you show. Direct communication is when the speaker clearly relays his thoughts and opinion in his verbal message. Indirect communication is when information is gathered from more than the words spoken by the communicator. Understanding direct and indirect communication can be critical when entering a new culture. If a culture is primarily a direct style of communication then they will say exactly what they are thinking at that point in time. For example, if you took a bite out of a sandwich and said that the sandwich tastes good. If a culture is primarily an indirect style of communication then they will not say exactly how they feel about something, but will express it in different ways. For example, if you took a bite out of a sandwich and it tasted bad you would make a facial expression that made it seem like the sandwich tasted bad.

Spain is an indirect culture which means that they do not tell you how they feel immediately. They will use body language to show how they feel, or even possibly be misleading about how they feel. You may not know how they felt about something you did or say until weeks later depending upon how much time you spend with each other. When entering a culture with indirect communication you always want to be aware of what you’re saying, and watch others body language. By learning body language you can decode what people are actually thinking instead of what they are telling you. Another great way to adapt to an indirect culture is by spending lots of time with people that you will be around the most. By doing this you will figure out what does and doesn’t bother them. 

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