Philippine society is quite remarkable as it deviates from our concept of Oriental culture. While the Philippines is located in the South East Asia, its society displays more resemblance to Western culture. As far as the written historical records of the country would show, the country has under been Spanish and American control thus explaining the Western tendencies. Filipinos, as they call themselves, are increasingly becoming a major global workers as they search for greener pastures in other countries. Many of them have found employment here in Ireland and I had the opportunity to interview one of them and ask him about how he adapts to the host culture.
When asked about the first major difficulty encountered in his first few weeks in work, he related to me that it was the difficulty in understanding Irish English. While Filipinos have a good knowledge of English language, they were accustomed to American English. He had difficulty in understanding Irish English because of the intonation and the pace. There were also words which were uncommon to him. This language barrier became a major problem as it made him look to his superiors like he was ignorant and unable to follow their orders. Miscommunication was common. It was not long, however, when he began to be accustomed to the eccentricities of the language. According to Kim and Ruben (2004), the process of cultural adaptation with regards to communication is indeed stressful but it does develop over time. The process of being bicultural or intercultural usually begins with overcoming the language barrier. ...Show more