College of Arts and Sciences; School of Divinity
Global Studies; Spanish
Language, Culture, Spanish, Latin America, Hispanic, Communication, Cross-cultural
Latin American Languages and Societies | Latin American Studies | Linguistic Anthropology | Missions and World Christianity | Social and Cultural Anthropology
Norton, Lacy, "The Importance of Language in Cross-Cultural Interaction" (2018). Senior Honors Theses. 732.
Language and culture are connected. Because of this connection, people have a preferred language with which they have an emotional or cultural connection. In Latin American cultures, it is beneficial to speak to a person in their preferred language. Using a person’s preferred language as opposed to any other language will facilitate a deeper connection with that person, cross cultural barriers that may separate them, and be more effective when attempting to share the gospel.