As I was coming out of the library with my son, he said something I could not understand. It took me some seconds to gather my mind and remember that that is his way to pronounce the word “police”.
Actually he heard the sirene alarm of a police car passing by and was trying to communicate with me what he heard.
The only thing that made me remember what he was saying is that I usually watch with him his daily educational program on TV. That is how I heard him repeat the words he hear on the TV and get used to his own ways of pronouncing words.
What if I was not with him watching and listening to those programs and hearing how he repeats the words at his age?
I could have probably told him :” Hey son, I don’t understand a word of what you are saying. Stop saying rubbish things! What type of nonsense are you talking about!”
This type of miscommunication does not happen only with our little ones learning how to speak but also with adult learning another language or even excellent second language speakers with some vocabulary gaps.
The accent, the pronunciation or the lack of sufficient vocabulary in a new area of communication are elements that could raise barrier in social interaction.
One simple way of overcoming these language barriers is by developing a learning habit of acquiring new vocabulary in the target language while interacting with people around the new domain you are getting in touch with.
At the beginning, it could be very challenging mostly if the people around you do not understand why you seem lost when you hear a new word, but it’s important to stay focused on your learning objectives and not pay attention to their bullies or mockeries.
You can apply the 8 steps for distinction in overcoming language barriers because they lead you step by step from identifying your language strengths to the importance of teaming up with others in other to reach your learning goals.
An interesting exercise could be to imagine that the motivational speeches bellow where in another language you need urgently to double your income in the next few months; how serious would you be ready to Read, Reflect and Act on them?
Here you go…
1. “Good businesses need to have a very clear vision and set of goals to achieve, but also find a way of tempering… as the world changes so quickly.”( Anthony Wagerman, Travelex CEO)
2. “Sometimes it takes a second try to find your professional bliss. It took me a while, but I am so much happier since I made the decision to stop settling, stop feeling trapped, and start a career in a field I love.” (Kristen Loyd, software developer)
3. “Technology could be a remarkable tool to help close the unemployment gap. If we build with inclusion in mind, we can create products, processes, and services that benefit everyone.”( Tamar Savir, disability advocate)
4. “There should be no gap between what you say your values are and what you let happen in your corridors.” ( Barri Rafferty, Ketchum partner, CEO and president)
5. “Our names and legacies are mortal, just like us. And so we are free to choose a more meaningful lodestar to guide our lives, rather than chasing the ephemeral possibility that our names will be spoken with gravitas once we’re dead.” (Olivia Goldhill)
6. “Give yourself time to grow and understand the state of the world today.” (Kevin Hart, Comedian, Actor, Business Man)
7. ” For every door closed, I was given a window. For every rejection, I was redirected. For every pitfall, I exceeded my potential.” (Steve Harvey, comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, and author )
Could you write one of the above motivational speeches in another language?
I would be glad to read you.
Hervé Ngaté, Author, Writer, Founder and CEO of Seed4future Corp.