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    Taofikat Oduola

    Imagine the world without communication. The world itself would probably cease to exist. The importance of communication in our day-to-day activities cannot be overemphasized. When working in a foreign where no one speaks the language(s) you understand, then you are definitely in for it. I cannot help but think of China as a case study here. Working in a Chinese company, meeting new people and adding to your years of relevant work experience are all great achievements. But how do you overcome the problem of language barrier? Thankfully, with a few practical steps, overcoming the language barrier in China could be an easy feat.

  • Overcoming The Language Barrier While Working In China

    Taofikat Oduola updated 2 years ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
  • Destiney Arkaden

    April 24, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    This is interesting. So how exactly can one overcome the language barrier in a country like China.

    People have reported that they hardly communicate in other languages even in their international airports.

    • Taofikat Oduola

      April 25, 2022 at 11:08 am

      To start with, many of the solutions discussed in the link pasted above would probably work but for starters, downloading the Google translation app is the easiest and most affordable solution. Getting an interpreter is also a very good idea, especially if you can afford it.

      However, if I were to be practical, I would say being very attentive to words and gestures could help greatly. You can also learn to fall in love with Chinese movies which have been subtitled in English or any other language of your choice. Thankfully, most Chinese movies are actually interesting so that shouldn’t be a problem. Judging from experience, I have learnt that constantly watching such movies helps to familiarize you with certain words and sentences. I watch Korean movies a lot and now, I can speak not only speak simple sentences (by simple, i mean simple and short. Lol) but can also identify the differences between certain words. So, I believe that would also help greatly, especially if you are a fast learner

  • Destiney Arkaden

    April 29, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Okay. Really good advice, especially the last part of how to learn a new language. Asian languages are for sure not the simplest to learn: The characters are completely different from those of other parts of the world, and I wouldn’t want to even imagine how the grammatical structures are 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️

    I learned the German language by first listening, listening and listening, before I could start speaking and then writing. So, it’s always a matter of practice.

    • Taofikat Oduola

      April 29, 2022 at 9:49 pm

      Definitely.. Practice makes perfect

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