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How to Communicate Clearly to Avoid Misunderstanding

Because of cultural differences, a statement as (seemingly) simple as “It’s warm in here” can be understood differently. The cultures in the world can be roughly divided into two types of communication styles: high-context and low-context. High-context cultures rely on shared background understanding and knowledge to convey their meaning. Thus, in a high-context culture, the statement “It’s warm in here” could be a polite way of asking someone to open …

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