Cambridge IELTS book 13 –
Test 1 essay answer
- Living in a country where you have to speak a foreign language can cause serious social problems, as well as practical problems.
- To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement?
Human communication is mostly verbal and language plays a vital role. Different communities, ethnicities, and regions use distinct dialects and languages for effective communication. Thus, migrating to a country that does not speak your local language can bring about challenges of its own.
Most of the people who move to a new region are not concerned about knowing the local dialect. However, as soon as they arrive, the lack of conversational skill becomes evident. Not being able to read the name boards on the roads is an issue that strikes first. Thus, travelling around the town can be quite daunting. Another concern is with the ability to fill forms to avail basic utilities like water and electricity. A visit to government offices would need one to depend on agents to translate and get application forms submitted for processing. Therefore, practical hassles crop up more, when one does not know the local language.
Another issue is acceptance into the local community. A lack of localism can be a deterrent altogether. For instance, when I relocated to South India, it made me feel very alienated. As I did not know the lingua franca, I faced numerous problems trying to get along with the locals. No matter how much I tried, I could not break the ice with natives. The neighbourhood remained distant, and no one interacted with me. Moreover, this issue did not elude me in the workplace too. Most of my co-workers spoke in Malayalam, the dialect, and left me aloof. Therefore, even mingling with the local people can be a challenge in such a case.
To conclude, anyone who moves to a new region must make an effort to learn the vernacular. Therefore, I would agree with the statement and voice out that lack of communication skills can be upsetting, both practically and socially.