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It has been a fun first few weeks of class.  I have learned a lot.  I have a lot of cross culture communication experience, so learning from class topics has put some good education behind what I have experienced.  

My Name is Aaron and I am 31 years old.  I am a senior this year and can’t wait to get my bachelors comm degree.  I have lived all over the world and enjoy traveling and seeing different walks of life.  In my free time I enjoy fly fishing, photography, and hanging with friends and family.  

As I mentioned above I have a lot of cross cultural communication experience.  In 2014 I married my wife, she is from Germany.  She has lived there her whole life.  We met when she was a foreign exchange student in USA.  Our first 3 years of marriage we lived in Germany while she finished her Bachelors degree.  

I got to experience so much wonderful culture.  I was able to travel all over Europe and meet people from all over the world.  Communication was very hard for me in many aspects.  Not only learning another language but just the way they communicate.  

One of the biggest differences between Germans and Americans is bluntness.  Germans don’t sugar coat anything.  If you did a bad job they tell you.  If your food tastes gross they tell you.  I feel like in America we are conscious about others feelings and will sometimes sugar coat or lie so others do not get offended.  

These weeks in class have rang so true to me about how the different cultures communicate.  It might be as simple as sugar coating something.  Needless to say it took me a long time to build up the thick skin to not get offended and realize thats just how they are.  My wife hates how Americans sugar coat everything and I’m not sure if she will ever get used to that.  

I really wish I would have taken this class before moving to Germany.  It would have helped me understand the cultures better and how to better understand how each culture communicates differently.  

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