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Co Verbal Communication

Paralanguage or coverbal communication refers to the vocal cues that accompany spoken language. It is not what we say, but how we say it, encompassing the tone and emphasis of the spoken words.

Cambodian Culture American Majority Culture

The tone of voice is non tonal.

Raising the voice and getting angry is considered impolite and bad manners. Self-control is valued; therefore, people who do show anger are not respected.

NOTE: Recent history has made Cambodians reserved and cautious in their daily behavior.

The tone of voice is low pitched.

People usually use a soft-spoken tone in daily conversation and will only raise their voice in tense or hostile situations.

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