Language Barrier: 5 difficulties we face 5 ways to get over it

Updated: May 1, 2018

Learning a language may tend to be a bit challenging especially at the beginning when learners are ready to ''consume'' vocabulary , yet not ready to use it correctly.

After all ,Speaking is the main aim we are trying to reach. So if you are having problems Using your English OUTLOUD , here are few tips that might help you in the way.

''When the English language gets in my way, I walk over it.'' Billy Sunday


Meanwhile teaching abroad, I've met students with different backgrounds and different levels of English .However they all had the same problem: they were afraid to use the new language.

Their fear ,or as they would call it BLOCKADE, is actually based on various factors that complicate the process of using whatever structures and vocabulary they have learned earlier.

In fact, Language can act as a barrier to communication, even if two people use the same language, it is likely to sense a barrier if words and terms are not used properly or if the other person isn’t aware of the word or the term used.

Hence , the process of speaking might be under the impact of the speaker’s unconscious expectation of a certain level of fluency that ,for him, is obvious and respectively necessary to start SPEAKING.. as well as the commitment to a PROPERLY used grammar and choice of words.

Here are few Obstacles that you may have to pay attention to while learning English:


English as a language has a variety of dialects that are commonly spoken, including British, American , Australian and Canadian. This is exactly why it is necessary sometimes to check and guess the speaker's background or at least to keep up with the most common differences out of curiosity .

As a learner you may also be influenced by one of the common accents , which will make it easier for you to understand someone using the same accent.Yet, it would be a little challenging to communicate with another speaker using a different accent.

While two people may technically speak the same language, dialectal differences can make communication between them difficult. Examples of dialectical language barriers exist worldwide.

2*Use of Slang:

Why slang even existed? well, actually it was needed as it was meant to be basically and ONLY understood by people within a certain group.

using slang is a way to show ones belonging to a like-minded crowd,it is an expression of one's own particular background. Hence; that person actually chose,communicates and connects with certain people.

Honestly; I think the right way to deal with slang is to learn more about a community that is using that particular informal language.

Here is an exp:


This is a taugh deal of the English language that a lot of learners miss. Idioms are basically phrases used commonly , taken and understood as a whole and has a particular meaning that cannot be concluded or understood from the words separately.

unfortunately there is no easy way to get over idioms, you just have to learn it and remember the meaning connected to it, yet there are few ways to identify the meaning without previous knowledge :)

Here's an Exp:

4*Word Choice :

The choice of words used in describing anything must be considered before communicating. The words you use should reflect your thoughts and intentions so that you will minimize your chances of being misunderstood .

there are plenty of confused words, Words with various meanings, homonyms, homographs, homophones that may contribute in the confusion created while speaking .

5*Grammar and Spelling :

Grammar and spelling become a barrier in communication as people from different parts of the world can be using it differently, that is to say , speakers of English as a second language are more likely to make mistakes while speaking.

mistakes create a huge communication barrier in written communication. this is also applicable while speaking as you will not be fully understood if part of the sentence is missing or verb is not in the right tense or the word is misused when it comes to form.

Ways to Overcome language challenge

1* Dialects :

the secret to understanding various dialects is simply


Identifying a dialect and getting used to it cannot be created over night, yet it is possible to ease the conversation if you already heard that accent before, you will manage better once you get yourself accustomed to hearing different people speaking, from different countries with new pronunciations .

2* Slang

Being Exposed to English language is the key to

learning slang.

The problem with slang is that it is changing , words used in the '70s may not be in use today . So when you look for slang, it is good to try to find recent examples.

There are in fact plenty of sources out there. Listen to music, watch T.V Shows..try to pick up as many words used informally :)


We can't learn all Idioms. but we can always try to understand as many! Try to identify idioms in context i.e., in a magazine, newspaper or a book, try to understand the context and this will help you.

instead of getting nervous about how to learn all idioms, try to identify situations in which you are. And then try to enrich your language within these situations, which means you will probably be searching for some idioms that make your language sound more native-like.

Using idioms in everyday life situations will enrich your speaking skills and eventually your conversation will sound even more interesting.

4* Word Choice and Grammar

the fact of not being fluent and not managing accuracy when it comes to choosing the right register or word suitable to a given context doesn’t really implement your inferiority to use the target language.

English is a rich language, lots of synonyms, lots of adjectives with weaker/stronger meaning that are existing ONLY to lead you to a better communication.

Use the words that you know the best and that you can manage. Waiting to acquire a better vocabulary will only effect your self-esteem as locking yourself in a the ''still not ready to speak '' stage.

In Order to speak ..Improve your Listening