Intercultural Conversation: Connecting Culturally

Essay by CronyCollege, UndergraduateA-, June 2006

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Intercultural communication has become a very important part of modern society and cultures. People, like in the United States for example, are very diverse in cultures, races, and ethnicity. Speaking only English, in some cases, is not enough. Being bilingual or even trilingual these days is an advantage for job seekers because employers are aware of our diverse population. Intercultural communication can offer opportunities to open up to the world and see the differences of humankind.

International students that decide to study in United States often face a kind of culture shock or disadvantages because they often have a communication challenge. After interviewing an international student and carrying a conversation with him, I was able expand my knowledge and experience intercultural communication first hand. His name was Guillermo Alvarez and he was from Mexico, more specifically, he told me he came from the big city of Guadalajara Jalisco. The country of Mexico is considered an industrialized nation, but because of government corruption and such, there are many people in the country living in poverty.

The climate varies from tropical to desert, and that is one of the reasons it is also a big tourism country, the nice and warm beaches like Cancun and Acapulco play a big role. Mexico is less than half the size of the United States population wise, with about one hundred and ten million people. About eighty nine percent of those people are Roman Catholics, about five percent Protestant. The rest of the population is something else, like my interviewee, he considered himself an Atheist, he said. Despite growing up with Catholic parents, when he was old enough to make his own decisions he decided to not make religion a part of his life. Mr. Alvarez, while I was conducting the interview seemed very humble, and...