How to break the language barrier

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Imagine the moment you arrived in your new country. Toronto, Montreal, Miami, Paris, Beijing, you name it. That moment, when you walk out of the airport to find a city never seen before. You might feel disoriented, frightened, anxious, disheartened, or even hopeless.

Whatever the reason was for leaving your country and moving to a new one, you took the first step - and the most difficult one: to leave your comfort zone and start from zero, with lots of courage and a suitcase full of goals to fulfill.

No matter how cold it is outside and how much you miss your homeland and your people, always remember that coming was a decision made, and you can make that decision the best one.

You have a white canvas in front of you, ready to be drawn with infinite opportunities for you and yours.

But…do you know where to start?

It does not matter if you just arrived or if you already have time in your new country, one of the vital aspects of emigrating is to communicate effectively in that new language: write clearly and in a professional way, read and understand the information presented, and to speak and to express yourself in the best way possible on each situation ... In summary

The key to your professional success as an immigrant is to master the new language with proficiency.

We all have felt terrible at some point for desperately seeking in our mind the right word in the new language – to cite an example - while the word in your mother tongue doesn’t stop jumping in our brains "aquí!, aquí!, making you stutter or just verbalize an mmhmm ... eehh ... how do you say that?

No worries! (Been there, done that). To make things easier here are some simple but effective tips and will help you overcome your language barrier, and gradually conquer it. In the next blog post I will explain in detail each one of these tips.

For now:

  • Be open minded.
  • Overcome the fear of being wrong.
  • Read books written in your new language.
  • Listen to audiobooks.
  • Write in the new language.
  • Make new friends (who do not speak your same language).
  • Ask for clarifications or corrections (ALWAYS!).
  • Watch local TV channels.
  • Take online courses.
  • Find a mentor.

The most important thing to remember is that we all have made mistakes in any learning process. This is not different.

Babies and children do not feel afraid or ashamed when they are corrected, and neither should you... It will be worth the effort.

If you came to Canada, we are both open to support you and make you feel at home, even if it is virtually. Have a coffee with us, read our stories and advice, or connect with us. Remember that we’ve been in your shoes and we know exactly what you are going through - you do not have an idea about the multiple anecdotes between Ilia and as 'newcomers' :).

The most important thing we want you to know is that you are not alone - this journey can be accompanied and guided. Let us know what your personal journey has been on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and connect with other awesome women who are part of our village!

 

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