Friday, May 29, 2015

The language barrier

As a blind person much of my communication is carried out through verbal interaction. But whenever I have to interact with someone whose first language is not English then here is where I have to face many challenges.

I am sure that it must not be easy for someone who needs or has to communicate with a blind person if the language they speak is not the first language of the person that they are communicating with. No, not at all, so this makes two of us.

I do not believe that there is much that can be done here other than to suggest that on all sides we pack a bag full of patience and persistence. Much of the time I am able to communicate satisfactorily with someone whose first language is not English but this does not mean that there are not the challenges to go along with it all.

It is probably the same for a sighted person but whereas a sighted person can use either body language or gestures to communicate with someone whose first language is not their language, it is not quite the same for a blind person.

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