NIL Community

Find answers, ask questions, and connect with our
community around the world.


    Posted by Anureet on August 2, 2021 at 4:19 PM

    Living in a country where you have to speak a foreign language can cause serious social problems, as well as practical problems.

    To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

    Write at least 250 words.

    Akshay Kumar replied 2 years, 11 months ago 6 Members · 14 Replies
  • 14 Replies
  • jaidheesh

    August 2, 2021 at 7:59 PM

    People in a foreign country have to overcome severe social obstacles and tackle practical hurdles when they have to speak a new language. I completely agree that these are some of the fundamental problems that a person will face in the above situation.

    While living in a foreign country where no one speaks the know dialect of the person, he/she is bound to face many social problems. Not being able to communicate their ideas clearly and fluently as they are used to do in their mother tongue is the main cause of these problems. Moreover, due to this reason, they are considered foreigners and find it hard to mix and mingle with the local community. Such people face boredom by being separated from society and become lonely. Also, there are many other social problems that the person may have to endure such as racism and crime. Being a minority, they gather unwanted attention and can be easy targets for racism. They can be discriminated against by their ethnicity, color, or creed. Crime rates are more for such people as they are not knowledgeable of the routine way of life in their new environments.

    Practical problems are some of the other aspects that these immigrants or expatriates will have to face when they land on foreign soil. Day-to-day activities are much harder because of their lack of communication skills in the foreign language. Simple things like asking for directions for a place or finding accommodation for living will seem like a very daunting task. Not being able to converse fluently will make general tasks seem complicated and confusing for the foreigner. The ability to quickly adapt to the new society and overcome these practical challenges will make the person feel at home quicker.

    To conclude, a foreigner in new lands has to endure lots of hardships and face lots of social and practical problems. If they can endure successfully, they would have adapted and be considered one amongst the people.

  • upneet saini

    August 2, 2021 at 10:47 PM

    In the era of globalization, people have moved to overseas to pursue better living environments. It is often argued that being an inhabitant in an overseas speaking state can develop severe social awkwardness and practical difficulties. I totally agree with this statement and believe it does create a obstacles in person’s life.

    To embark on, the majority of people face notable problems in their daily as they do not know the local language. The foremost problem is that they face difficulty while communicating with local masses which affects their work and daily tasks. Moreover, it gets difficult for people to talk or comprehend things while visiting to shopping centres , grocery shops etc. and it will lead to irritabilty. For instance, in China, most of the instructions are written in their own native language which makes it immensely difficult for others.

    As moving further and lead to depression. If someone has to carry out some sort of official work in the local government offices or bank institutes, it causes utmost difficulty to the masses since they are not able to convey and express their thoughts to the other human beings and not able to follow instructions. Furthermore, students encounter tough times in understanding their lectures and speeches while studying in the college and it affects on their study. For instance, in colleges, scholars tend to ignore their mates coming from different states and continue speaking in their mother tongue, making it difficult for newcomers to interact with others.

    To recapitulate, in my opinion, one should know how to speak a foreign language otherwise it will lead to repercussions emotionally and financially as well.

    • Anureet

      August 3, 2021 at 1:11 PM

      BAND SCORE- 3/6 Keep Writing!

  • Vignesh

    August 3, 2021 at 9:19 AM

    The advent of globalization has resulted in a large-scale exodus of immigrants to various countries in search of better jobs and living conditions. The prominent problem faced by those living in foreign nations is the language barrier. However, despite multiple troubles arising from lack of lexical knowledge, I assume these are not so serious that cannot be resolved as we have advanced technology in our modern era.

    To begin with, not knowing the native language would reduce the interactions amongst locals and the newcomers which would pave way for misunderstandings. It would eventually lead to demographical changes in that locality, where all migrants would live in a separate area and the locals would be living separately. For instance, in many developed countries like the USA, Canada, and the UK, the migrants form a society and live separately. Thus, not knowing the local language would result in self ostracizing of an individual, which is not good for modern society.

    However, these problems are getting mitigated with the emergence of new technologies. Applications like Google Maps and Google translate are providing a great helping hand for people who do not speak the local language. If someone doesn’t know the language of the country where they live, they can still find restaurants to their liking on Facebook and get simple directions through Google Maps. They can even order food online without having to use another language at all. If they need to communicate with someone who does not speak their language they can simply take out their phone and use Google translate to slowly, but effectively, convey a message. The problems that not knowing the language of the country where you live causes are therefore minimal and easily overcome.

    To summarize, I partly agree with the statement of the creation of social problems due to lack of lexical knowledge but the same is now getting mitigated with the help of new technologies. In the future, it will become even less important to know the language of the country where you live although there is great potential for increased social unrest and heightened tensions in many parts of the world.

  • Sakshi Baidya

    August 3, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Some individuals learn a foreign language in order to live abroad. Unfortunately, they encounter with practical and social issues. I strongly agree with this view, and this essay will provide arguments and examples in the following paragraphs.

    To begin with, knowing a vernacular would be beneficial while working. However, when a person has to converse with locals, they may face a problem. Furthermore, they hardly talk to local people and have little idea about the cultural diversity of the country. But, if a person doesn’t know about it, he/she come across with the problem of making new friends. As a result this situation may cause people to feel alone or excluded from the social life. For instance, a couple months from knowing I heard about my cousin, who had been abroad. It is said that, she hardened by not being able to talk with locals.

    Besides that, not knowing the language makes it harder for immigrants to find a direction, read important notices, order food from the menu, talk to local citizen to help and most importantly manage a job. It is quite natural that an employer would prefer someone who can communicate with people of the country without any barrier.

    In conclusion, people may have their own reasons behind residing overseas .It is very important for that person to learn the proper usage of language and they must choose better solutions in advance to deal with them.

    • Anureet

      August 3, 2021 at 2:55 PM

      Introduction- paraphrase clearly

      Write main points which you are going to elaborate in your thesis statement

      BP1: vernacular- vernacular language

      He/she come across with the problem of making new friends- he/she may face difficulty in making new friends

      Do not write personal examples

      BP2: to help- for help

      Add relevant details

      Conclusion- summarise the main points

      Band Score:3/6 Keep Writing!

  • Suraj

    August 3, 2021 at 9:21 PM

    Many youngsters leave their homes to live in foreign states. Whether people living in a country where one has to speak a non-native language face difficulties in their daily lives or not is often argued upon. I strongly advocate the former view. The following paragraphs will discuss the problems a person would face in an overseas country with examples.

    Firstly, it takes quite some time and experience for an adult to master a foreign language and hence communication with the locals will be difficult initially. It is almost impossible for one to integrate into such a society which uses an unfamiliar language as most of the conversations would be incomprehensible and even if the local people are welcoming, they cannot really help. As humans are a social species, one will face quite a few issues in their day to day life when he/she cannot properly communicate with neighboring people. For example, if you could not ask a convenience store worker or any other person for guidance when you cant find vegetables or meat, you might end up eating plain bread all week.

    Secondly, aside from difficulty in procuring their daily necessities one might suffer from depression and anxiety when disconnected from real life interactions. Mental health deteriorates even when is in frequent contact with their family back home as phone calls do not compensate for lacking real face to face talks. For instance, a friend of mine who went to China for his masters suffered from depression as he could not speak in Chinese which is a complicated language.

    To conclude, someone living in a non-native speaking country would face problems in interacting with people, in getting their groceries and in maintaining their mental health.

    • Anureet

      August 4, 2021 at 12:01 PM

      Introduction- paraphrase the question statement clearly

      BP 1: hence- hence,

      conversations- conversation

      Quite a few- several

      one will- one can

      their- his/her

      BP2: even when is in- even when one is in

      their family- his family

      Do not quote personal examples

      Conclusion: Non native speaking- non native language speaking

      Summarise main points

      Band Score: 3.5/6 Keep Writing!

  • Jasmeet

    August 3, 2021 at 10:30 PM

    It becomes very difficult to live in a foreign country when you must speak their native language as it can lead to various social as well as practical problems. I completely agree with the statement as it can act as a barrier to communication and problems like finding a job.

    The people migrating to foreign lands find themselves in a problematic situation when they cannot speak and converse in their home language as it does not enable them to understand their culture and traditions. Sometimes, it may lead to miscommunication of thoughts and ideas which further may result into social crisis or racism. In this way, they feel neglected and discriminated from others. For instance, it becomes very difficult for an Indian to live in London when he does not have inkling regarding their native language.

    Moreover, it becomes an arduous task for immigrants to find a job at overseas. In this case, even employers do not prefer selecting them as they deprive of basic knowledge about their native language. They even fail to read the important notices, understand their rules and regulations. Migrants sometimes can’t even order food online with this issue. Less the knowledge of foreign language, more they suffer and manage to survive.

    To conclude, people moving to foreign countries must learn the basics of their language before entering as it will ease their task and help in finding them a job and ask for help of citizens if they are in need which may result in avoiding various social and practical problems.

    • Anureet

      August 4, 2021 at 12:30 PM

      INTRODUCTION: problems- cause problems

      BP1: lands- land

      home- native

      may lead- can further result into

      give general examples

      BP2: at overseas- overseas

      they deprive- they are deprived of

      read the important- read important

      with this issue- because of this

      Correlative comparative- rewrite- The lesser the knowledge of foreign language, the more the suffer

      Conclusion: their- the country’s

      entering- relocating

      ask for help- they can easily ask for help


  • Akshay Kumar

    August 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Log in to reply.

We are here to help

Conversational Form (#3)