The Language Barrier
June 29, 2008 7:10am CST
I had dinner with my boyfriend's family last night. It went out really fine even if my boyfriend wasn't with us (F.Y.I.: we live in Sweden and he's in London for 9 days). as most of you know, i am from the philippines and just migrated to Sweden to be with my boyfriend exactly a year ago from now. Before, whenever i go out with my boyfriend and his family, i feel so sick. not because of their treatment towards me (they are really nice to me) but the language makes me sick. imagine yourself sitting with the whole family talking in swedish and that you can't still understand what they are talking about! oh. really made my brain so quickly tired before. But last night, i felt really good with them. I might not understand all the words but I can already understand what they are talking about. I felt really happy and finally, not caged in "the language barrier".
• United States
29 Jun 08
Hey that is great. Yeah that language barrier can be really hard to overcome and I am glad that you are doing well with it..Maybe before long you will start to pick up more and more of the language and be able to talk with them better and understand. I know when I lived in New Mexico I had trouble understanding the language of some of the people and felt so out of control with it and having to repeat because they didn' understand me well either. It just overwhelmed me at times. I am glad you are doing well and happy.
30 Jun 08
yes, many people have the language barrier.and as long as we can make a good effort,we can make a good improvement.but for you,i think even though you can't understand all words they said.but i think you can feel each other's genuine feeling in heart.it is most important.like the language barrier, it will not be a problem. good luck to you!!
• Garden Grove, California
30 Jun 08
maryannemax hi I can well sympathize with you as I would not know any swedish either. but I am glad you felt good with them as you seemed to understand what they were talking about.,Does your boyfriend know English or your language if you do not speak english? that will help a great deal.maybe you could learn a few basic swedish words too, that would also help.
30 Jun 08
yes. my boyfriend speaks english and i do, too. we do talk in english sometimes. but it's better to communicate in swedish most of the time for me to practice more on the language. i have already learned a lot about the language. it was just before when i was just some old months here when i found it so difficult to understand them. now, it's not a problem at all. anne
30 Jun 08
With people moving around the way they do these days, it's not uncommon for people to experience language barriers everywhere. On the other hand, with people moing around as they do nowadays, people are more open to learn new languages, so maybe ther won't be so much o a barrier ater a little while.
1 Jul 08
Hi I am a Filipina too. Maybe you feel that they now like you and you became happy while with them. This is your wonderful chance to proved to them have you love their son. Have a good relationship ahead.