Language Barriers for Foreigners Essay

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I have lived in the United States for almost three years now. Being natively of Bangladeshi origin, I experience an extremely different lifestyle than Americans do. It is the lifestyle experienced by those you come from other countries to live in the U.S. Being part of this international community, I am more sensitive to and hence aware of issues that primarily affect the lives of these kinds of people than Americans are. Of these many issues, there is one I have identified that comes up in discussions more frequently than others. The issue I am referring to is that of the language barrier that exists between those whose primary language is English and those whose primary language is not English. In recent history, many studies have …show more content…
From what I have experienced for myself, the language barriers that existed before have been now reduced to trivialities. Some proof of this can be seen in "Breaking the Language Barrier" which outlines some ways that have already been implemented to help fire fighters and common citizens to get around the language barrier if it exists in order to ensure public safety. Generalizing the issue to a great extent, it can be said that language barriers in the United States are caused by two things. The first is when a foreigner living in America does not have a good grasp of English and hence cannot communicate effectively in the language that is considered the standard medium. In this situation, the foreigner finds it difficult to communicates his thoughts or needs effectively to the people necessary. The second is when a native English speaking person who has been brought up around a purely English speaking society is forced to deal with someone who does not speak English natively. In this situation, the native English speaking person may mistake the inability to communicate in correct English as illiteracy or diminished mental capacity. Although the commonness of these situations was the root of the problem under debate in the past, I believe that in the most recent two decades, much has been

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