OT, Help for essay: Communicating with Greeks
Hello all my greek friends Actually the help of JCN and Highlander as being foreigners, who most communicate with greeks, could be great as well (as any other poster).
So, what I need is ~4 pages essay with topic "Case of Intercultural Communications: Greeks". I could have chosen any culture I communicated with, but as I was 2 times (overall a month) in Greece it was easy choice. The thing is it has to be out of two parts. First, the general attibutes of communicating with Greeks, their peculiarity, common things they do and stuff. The 2nd part is my personal experience communicating with them.
Your help about the general part would be very appreciated. Well, I could give some hints what it could be or you can skip this part and tell anything you want about communcation with greeks.
How do people greet each other, how they introduce, what is the distance between talking people, do they tend to speak loud in public places. Puctuality, how much minutes is acceptable to be late: to the meeting? to the party (more official)? meeting of the friends?
Do people use nonverbal communication much (gestures, signs, moving hands while talking)? How long does it take to trust unknown person? How do people look to conflict situations, how they act then? How do people look to task making (manjana - tommorow, imedetialy, wait till deadline?). How decision making is done (only bosses decide or regular workers can make decisions too?). How do people react to power (president as equal as worker? older people are more respected than younger people?). How open people are, are they emotional to first met person, foreigner? And etc etc.
Its just hints/questions you can answer and theres much more you can say about communication, so feel free to add anything you want. Few sentences can be as much helpful as long answers and I'll be thankful for anything you provide me here
As i live in Greece at the moment and my girl is Greek i could give you a reasonable insight, however if anyone disagrees (Greeks), feel free to correct me as you would know better than me.
The very first thing i noticed while being around Greeks is they look and sound as if they are arguing or disagreeing about something all the time. They are actually not- they are just having a normal conversation as any of us would. It's just that they speak very loudly with the voice levels raising up and down with a lot of hand movement.
The next thing i notice is they are a little reluctant of the foreigner at first but this does not last long as once you break that initial barrier they are very warm
and friendly people. Quite interesting to talk to i would say as well. They also hugely respect you if you try to speak a little Greek.
Don't expect things to happen on time in Greece because they usually won't.
Greeks never usually make plans it tends to be on the spur of the moment that they may do something. They have a formal and informal way of greeting people who are young and old. If you know someone well usually they do the kiss on both cheeks thing and that goes for the men as well when they are good friends.
If you see a Greek confrontation you will definitely know. It will become very loud and aggressive.
I think Greeks are very educated about the world. In other words they know what is exactly going on around them without any bullshit propaganda. They will stand up for there rights as well.
To finish off- i love Greece and the people, they are very passionate about there country and are not afraid to stand up for themselves which reminds me a lot of my on country but with a better climate.