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Practice exercises

Because we filter behavior we see through a particular worldview, communicating across cultures, even in the same language, can be a challenge. This challenge sometimes results in what Carol Archer calls "culture bumps."

"A culture bump occurs when an individual from one culture finds herself in a different, strange or uncomfortable situation when interacting with persons of a different culture." (Archer, 1982)

Following are three culture bumps that will allow you to practice analyzing and resolving cross-cultural misunderstandings.

Culture Bump No. 1: Silence is Golden
Culture Bump No. 2: The Universal Language
Culture Bump No. 3: Trouble in the Classroom