Intercultural communication between Romania and Asian countries

Intercultural communication between Romania and Asian countries


Intercultural communication is becoming more and more important in a world in the process of globalization, where the distances between cultures are continuously shrinking due to technological development and globalization, intercultural communication asserts its central role in establishing and maintaining harmonious relations between different peoples and organizations.

The current context, marked by complex economic, social and political interdependencies, demands a deep understanding and a high ability to navigate the wide spectrum of communication styles specific to each cultural group.

Intercultural communication - Communication in different cultures

We analyze how contextual cultures, such as those of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Romania, use implicit communication in various contexts, emphasizing the interpretation of gestures and expressions of the inhabitants.

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India: Interpreting the various meanings of head shaking according to context.
Romania: Analysis of the expression “within a stone’s throw” in various scenarios and its variable interpretation depending on the context.

The impact on intercultural relations

Cultural misunderstandings occur when cultures with different communication styles interact. Contextual cultures use non-verbal signals to communicate. Thus, cues like body language are essential. Those in these cultures easily decode the subtle messages.

The differences are accentuated when a contextual culture meets one with direct communication. For example, a Romanian and a Sri Lankan partner may interpret gestures differently.

One solution is to adopt a direct and explicit communication style. It involves expressing thoughts clearly without depending on non-verbal cues. It is important to be aware of cultural differences and prepare for clarifications.

Improving intercultural communication requires knowing the other’s culture. Studying the language, values and cultural norms helps prevent misunderstandings.

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Culture dynamics and communication differences

Communication, as a pivotal element in interpersonal relations, branches into two main forms: explicit communication and implicit communication, each having specificities that can facilitate or, on the contrary, make it difficult to convey a message clearly.

Explicit communication

  • it is characterized by a clear, concise and to the point exchange of information, leaving very little room for ambiguity and implication. This type of communication is preferred in contexts where it is desired to transmit information quickly and efficiently, leaving no room for varied interpretations.

Default communication

  • it encompasses a much wider range of nuances, involving hidden connotations and meanings behind the words expressed. It is a style of communication deeply rooted in the culture and history of a people, requiring a greater degree of understanding and knowledge on the part of the interlocutor.

Tips for effective communication between Romanians and Asians

  • Observe body language and the tone of the conversation.
  • Ask open-ended questions to clarify misunderstandings.
  • Be specific and practical in your instructions.
  • Use hands-on demonstrations and ask them to demonstrate for you.
  • Monitor the process and use feedback.

Intercultural communication

“Recent research shows that although there are cultural differences between Romanians and Asians in terms of communication, there are also many similarities in terms of values and expectations. For effective collaboration, it is essential to educate ourselves about different communication methods and be open to learning and adapting. Also, using technology can help overcome language and cultural barriers. Translation apps and online collaboration platforms can be useful tools in this process.”