I knew well before I arrived in France that there was one thing I would seriously struggle with when living in the country: les bises. Les bises are the well known art of greeting each other with a kiss on the cheek. And as pretty… Read More
Strictly speaking what I am writing about here is not related to non-verbal communication as such; nevertheless it is an interaction with the German culture which I feel is necessary to share. Over the past year I have tried my best to fit in and… Read More
During my time in Geneva I have noticed many differences in the way in which people communicate here and in the UK. This semester I even took a French class called “Communication Interculturelle” which explored how people from different cultures communicate. Last week I gave… Read More
Since being in France, it has been hard not to notice the different ways the French communicate with each other. I’ve only experienced the “rude and moody” stereotype once since I’ve been here- although it could not have come at a worse time; on my… Read More
Observe the non-verbal communication of locals when interacting with different people (e.g. people they don’t know, people they know, their friends, their relatives). Describe aspects of proximity (e.g. distance as opposed to touching), directness (e.g. direct eye contact) and the degree of explicit non-verbal communication (e.g. gestures and facial expressions). Would you say that non-verbal communication plays an important role of communication among locals? Identify similarities and differences between your culture and the local culture with respect to non-verbal communication. How could you explain them?