I’m lucky in that I speak French fluently but it hasn’t always been the case. I moved to France aged 16 and didn’t speak a word, but the learning process was natural for me and I learned French through not having any choice. If I wanted friends or to be understood by my trainer then I was going to have to speak French. I can remember reading the dictionary for hours on end and phonetically learning how to say each word and then practising.
I know not everybody is in a situation where they can learn and have the opportunity to practise but I personally cannot imagine not being able to communicate.
Have you experienced language barriers where you live? Maybe you have some tips?
I’ve reblogged my Mum’s recent posting about this and her frustrations about not being able to speak Portuguese here: