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Language and Culture Interview

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Transcript of Language and Culture Interview

Cross-Culture Talks
6 Interviewees from 5 countries
Questions for Interview
Heated / hesitant conversation
Directness / indirectness
Male / female
Ping-pong / bowling style
Other question
Ambar
Female
Indonesian
2 years
Judy
female
Australian
1 year
Puan
Female
Indonesian
10 months
Jonker
male
South African
more than 6 years
David
male
American
1 year
Daniel
male
Canadian
more than 5 years
Heated / hesitant conversation
1. Do you like to join a conversation when the people actively and passionately talk about the topic? Or, do you prefer to talk with people who are less aggressive?
2. Do you like to argue with people?
3. When you are talking with people, do you speak at the same time? Or, will you wait for them to finish what they are going to say?
Directness / indirectness
Male / female
1. Have you ever noticed that males and females talk in different ways? If yes, please explain why and give examples.
Ping-pong / bowling style
4. Can you bear your friend when he or she does not respond your question immediately?
Other question
1. Have you ever misunderstood when you talk
with a foreigner? If yes, please describe it.
1. Can you stand for the silence in conversation?
Or, can you allow some silence when you and your friends have no topic to talk about for a while?
2. Do you interrupt the conversation often?
Do you think it is impolite to interrupt the conversation?
3. Do you need time to think about the question in order to respond your friends’ questions in conversation?
1. Will you show your disagreement directly when you are discussing something with your friends/teacher/family/colleague/strangers?
Or, will you just pretend you agree with them and wait for the right timing to express your true thoughts?
2. Suppose your friend invite you to watch the movies, but you don’t want to do it. How would you refuse your friend?
Thanks for your attention!!
Thanks for your attention!!
Conclusion
Culture would influence the way people talk

To communicate effectively, learning different cultures is necessary
It depends on the personality or the attitude of their lives.

It is not necessary based on people’s nationality.
People are friendly and nice except when they are offended.

Everyone will debate or argue what they should do to fight his/her own will.
Whether they speak or wait until others finish talking, it depends on what the topic or the specific situation is.

The American and the Australian prefer to talk simultaneously at the heated conversation.

The Indonesians and the South African are willing to wait for them to finish what they are going to say.
It’s not easy to say negative response to others.

The Canadian and the American will express their disagreement directly.

The Australian, the South African, and the Indonesian will show disagreement less directly.
How to say “No” well is a key to keep a good personal relationship.

It alters with the attitude and custom of their countries.

The Canadian and the American will say something or the real reason honestly.

the Australian, the South African, and the Indonesian will refuse indirectly with some reasons.
Traditionally females talk indirectly and males do directly, yet it changes with the fast-moving tendency.

The context and situation also influence the speaking model whether direct or indirect ways based on the current contextualization.
Whether they allow the pause or not, they would have the different ways to deal the silence in conversation.

The Canadian and the American can't stand the silence in conversation.

The Australian and the South African can allow a short time of silence.

The Indonesian would start the conversation actively.

They won’t interfere the conversation and bother the process of talking intentionally.

The American and the Canadian will interrupt if needed.

The Indonesian, the Australian, and the South African won't.
They all need time to think it twice before responding the questions.

That’s the typical model when answering the question in their conversation.
Everyone will feel confused or troubled when their friend does not respond his/her question immediately.

They will find their various ways to adjust or face that.
Everyone will encounter diverse cultural shocks and be misunderstood by a foreigner or a native speaker.

Despite of the different situations, they can’t describe those to the full, yet it’s a routine before getting used to a new culture pattern.

Sometimes it's not because of the culture difference, but the language.
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