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  • 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.

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