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Recognizing Variations
in a
Diverse World
Nonverbal Differences
Christiana Demosthenous
Kyriakos Mavrikiou
Nonverbal Communication
The interaction between people without
words. They may communicate with
gestures, eye contact, facial expressions
Nonverbal Differences
These differences exists when the
communicators belong to different culture
 Nonverbal messages differ from culture to
culture – if you don’t have this in mind, it
could lead to embarrassing mistakes.
A gesture that communicates good luck in Brazil
is the equivalent of giving someone “the finger”
in Colombia
Japanese people smile when they feel nervous,
but Europeans when they are happy
Pointing with one finger is considered to be rude
in some cultures and Asians typically use their
entire hand to point to something.