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The iceberg model of culture reminds viewers of the complexity that culture really is. When Hofstede's six taxonomies become a bit complex to track, a quick look at this model goes far toward understanding what might have gone wrong in cross-cultural communication scenarios.

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Pellegrino Riccardi is an expert on cross-cultural communication and in this presentation discusses how our perceptions and expectations affect cross-cultural communication. He also uses examples from his life living in Norway as an Italian expat, and the cultural differences he experiences there.

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This is a page from PBS on the challenges of cross-cultural communication. It outlines 6 different areas of cultural differences.

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AMPU Guide: Common Cross-cultural Communication Challenges

Hand Gestures Infographic- the kids love this one- they have always heard rumors of our gestures having different meanings in other countries- this is not only good for students to learn, but the premise behind valuing differences and respecting cultures is incredibly important.

Hand Gestures Infographic- the kids love this one- they have always heard rumors of our gestures having different meanings in other countries- this is not only good for students to learn, but the premise behind valuing differences and respecting cultures is incredibly important.

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