Communication is an amazing tool to be used when wishing to get to know someone, to find out more about people, cultures and innovations. When placed in a situation where people do not understand each other due to language barriers, the wanted information can be a little tricky to receive and understand. The amount of time spent on rephrasing questions and sorting out misunderstandings will probably be extended, and the questions themselves will be followed by some additional, clarifying ones.
Everyone who has ever traveled abroad knows the feeling of confusion quite well – they want to learn more about something, get to know a place and talk to people but they aren’t able because they don’t understand or know the language spoken there. English is universal, yes, and using even the most basic phrases can lead a long way into finding out more about topics of interest.
However, there is one big reason for why language barriers really aren’t that much of a problem at all. We are all human beings and we use expressions and body language to communicate, nobody really listens to what we say most of the time anyway. But people, whether they are aware of it themselves or not, pay much attention to body language, facial expressions and tone of voice. Gestures of curiosity and interest signals good intentions, and that’s often all it takes to get new friends without speaking a word of their language.
Creatives, being the positive and happy individuals per nature, do these things without thinking about it. They are curious and simply have to find out more about something that has caught their attention. These people are walking connecting points, and hanging around with them is probably the most fun experience when traveling. It is also the most giving experience, since people regardless of language barriers will do everything possible to understand and be understood – making language barriers completely lack any relevance at all in situations like that.
Do you have experience in situations where language barriers didn’t stop you from communicating?