Comparing Japanese and Americans with a Jewish Background Communication Styles

In contemporary, there is a globalization of society while there are some problems of cross-cultural on communication. This paper examines the use of language from different cultural background in the context of the communication difficulties from cultural difference. By using a situation in which a native Japanese speaker and an American with a Jewish background as an example to demonstrate communication difficulties could arise in their conversational interaction.
First of all, there might exist misunderstanding among a native Japanese and an American because of spoken style and sentence formation. The native Japanese speaker would probably feel the American is being rude and not polite. It is because the American with a Jewish Background – their accent in which the way they speak English has a negative image or meaning attached to it. According to Tannen Deborah, he summarized some Features of New York Jewish Conversation Style which including two main areas that Topic and Pacing (1981, 137). For example, an American prefers to shift topics drastically and introduce topics withou…



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