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Linguistic barrier - what to do?.. Well, here is my problem: I thought I didn’t have a linguistic barrier. But it appears I do. Not in “give me that bread and cheese“ kind of talks. But when I want to speak about something important and meaningful - I definitely won’t be able to do this. Even writing this text about my difficulty is pretty difficult:(

When I hear other people speaking, I understand 80-100% of information they say. But even if I know what I want to say I feel so ashamed and stressed, I just want to disappear... or I regress to the level “London is a capital of Great Britain” and make terrible mistakes, speak with a horrible pronunciation in a very high speed.

One part of a problem is that I understand meanings of many words only in context. I can translate the meaning of a whole sentence “That something can be abused, however, is not a legitimate argument for discarding it.” But if you ask me another day to remember the meaning of “discard” without a context - I’ll fail for sure.

Whoever used to have this problem - tell me, how did you manage it?

And please, correct my mistakes!

Mar 30, 2018 2:23 PM
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Well, here is my problem: I thought I didn’t have a linguistic barrier. But it appears I do. Not in “give me that bread and cheese“ kind of talks. But when I want to speak about something important and meaningful - I definitely won’t be able to do this. Even writing this text about my difficulty is pretty difficult:(

When I hear other people speaking, I understand 80-100% of the information they say. But even if I know what I want to say I feel so ashamed and stressed, I just want to disappear... or I regress to the level “London is the capital of England (Great Britain)” and make terrible mistakes, speak with a horrible pronunciation at a very high speed.

One part of my problem is that I understand the meanings of many words only in context. I can translate the meaning of a whole sentence “That something can be abused, however, is not a legitimate argument for discarding it.” But if you ask me another day to remember the meaning of “discard” without a context - I’ll fail for sure.

Whoever used to have this problem - tell me, how did you manage to overcome it?

And please, correct my mistakes!

There are just a few minor mistakes. I think you just need to take the bull by the horns and talk more often in English. Choose a patient language partner who will encourage you.

March 30, 2018
Graham, thank you very much for your help (in both topics i posted) and your advice!

I guess i really should take your advice and find someone to talk with regularly. Uuuf, that's frightening ...

March 30, 2018
Zvenislava
Language Skills
English, Russian
Learning Language
English