With the world's large diversity of languages and cultures, sometimes it can be difficult to understand people from other regions of the world. Wouldn't it be helpful if we could quickly learn how to best communicate with people from different backgrounds than our own? In his best-selling book, “When Cultures Collide, British linguist Richard D. Lewis charts the negotiation styles of 25 countries in simple infographics.

Lewis admits that, “Determining national characteristics is treading a minefield of inaccurate assessment and surprising exception. There is, however, such a thing as a national norm.” See if you think his assessment is accurate, or just a big generalization.

The chart's wider shapes represent greater conversational range, the regions marked in grey represent obstacles in negotiation, and there are notes describing different cultural traits.

That's how one well-traveled and multilingual writer depicts the world. Do you agree?