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Realities of Moving Abroad: The language Barrier

Moving abroad can be an exciting and a life-changing experience, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. I mean, real challenges!

I want to let you in on some common challenges people face when moving to a new country. The first and probably most significant is the Language Barrier. If you are moving to a country where a different language is spoken, communication can become a major hurdle. It takes time and effort to learn a new language, and initially, it can be frustrating and isolating if you are unable to express yourself or understand others effectively.

When we first Moved to San Miguel, I thought I knew Spanish, but I quickly realized the dialect of Spanish I was used to in Miami was quite different. It was like the time when I learned Spanish really well in Ecuador and then immediately traveled to Chile where YES it was Spanish BUT I couldn’t understand the new dialect! This can add a tremendous amount of stress, isolation and feelings of overwhelm for newbies abroad. So what is Lesson of the day? Work on learning the language in your country of choice, at least the basics and if possible before arriving.

Language is your first tool to help immerse yourself in your new community, speaking with natives in their mother tongue displays a great deal of respect for the community.

Did you see my interview with Modja in the Congo? He is a language coach and know 8 languages! Check this out!

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