How Indians Communicate
Thecommunication culture of different people in the world variessignificantly. Some communicate exclusively verbally while others useboth actions and verbal communication in conveying messages. Thepaper aims at expounding on the communication culture of Indians.
Hindiis a renowned language in India. In reality, it is considered anofficial language in India. Although the constitution of Indiaidentifies 18 languages, Indians have 13 official languages. Thevariation of these languages is attributed to their differentdialects. However, there are some common dialects such as Dogri,Ladacki, and Kashmiri (Language Companies et al., 2012).
Indiansincluding adults and Children speak mainly through actions since itis rare for them to display themselves verbally. Their verbalcommunication is characterized with short and simple sentences toensure clarity (UK Trade & Investment, 2004). Despite usingactions as the main mode of communication, the time for Indiancommunication mostly consumes a lot of time because theircommunication involves presenting messages in bite-size chunksbesides pausing regularly. In addition, Indians having a conversationwaits for signals from each other before responding (UK Trade &Investment, 2004).
Indiansemphasize their communication through maintaining eye contact whenconversing. They believe that listeners benefit significantly fromfacial expression as well as lip movement that are associated witheye-contact communication. Indians also use intonation on main wordsto assist listeners understand intended information (UK Trade &Investment, 2004). Equally, Indians jot down names and technicalitiesto double-check understanding. A listener is also recommended to seekclarification through asking questions on things that are not clear.
Headtilting is also practiced by Indians when communicating. The movementof the head conveys different information. For instance, head tiltaccompanied with a smile means acceptance of conveyed informationwhereas vigorous head tilt either means excitement or anger. Indiansalso grip their ears to suggest that they are sincere or repenting.However, nonverbal communications such as head tilting are temporalbecause they convey distinct messages when employed in differentcontexts.
Whencommunicating, Indians keep a close distance to ensure the message ispassed well. The close distance between Indians when communicating isalso regarded as a portrayal of respect between individualscommunicating (Language Companies et al., 2012).
Inconclusion, Indians use both gestures and words in communicating.Action communication is most preferred because of clarity.
LanguageCompanies et al. (2012). The Indian Language and Dialects. TheLanguage Center.
UKTrade & Investment. (2004). India – People, Culture,Communication. RegionalLanguage Network.
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