The world is shrinking every day. Television, the Internet, and jet travel have put people from all over the globe in closer contact than ever before in history. Because of this close contact, customs, beliefs, and cultures are shared on a regular basis. The door has also opened for greater interaction and economic interdependence in the global economy. However, one of the major stumbling blocks in this globalization and cultural sharing is the fact that communication among people still depends on an understanding of each other’s language, an understanding that entails the written, as well as, the spoken, word.