Reply To: 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?

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Popoko
University: ECUPL
Nationality: Chinese
March 12, 2020 at 6:14 am

People may worry that speaking a foreign language will cause problems. In my opinion, using a different language will not lead to pressing social issues, while affecting practical ones.

I believe living abroad will not cause a severe social effect. Firstly, one must have paid attention to the country’s unique culture before going abroad, including touchy topics. Secondly, most foreigners will accept your small mistakes as you show no offense to them. Thirdly, if you are in a key position representing the country, whose words illustrate the country’s value, you must be adept at this language and culture. Otherwise your words cannot arouse the society’s attention. For example, the president will avoid sensitive issues in the conversation, while you can say whatever you want without being noticed.

On the other hand, there is a great impact on practical problems. For one, as most people know little about the daily language when living overseas for the first time, they will have difficulties in catching what others are conveying. The unfamiliarity with the language will result in infinite inconvenience when we are at work. For another, people in different countries deal with problems in various ways. If you mess them up, it will turn out to be a misunderstanding. For instance, thumb up means “Good job” in China, while it is a way to take taxis in America and Europe. Thumb up is even an abusive gesture in Australia and some middle-east countries.

In conclusion, I hold the view that living in a foreign country can bring practical problems on, while it has less effect on grievous social matters.