language barrier


: a difficulty for people communicating because they speak different languages

Examples of language barrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the language barrier, those artists’ confidence and swagger, and the vibe of their music, still spoke to him. Danny Hajjar, SPIN, 9 Apr. 2024 Classes have already begun, and are not just offered in English, but also in Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean, since seniors in those populations may have a harder time accessing services due to the language barrier and cultural beliefs about mental health. A.k. Whitney, Orange County Register, 2 Apr. 2024 Mizuhara, 39, became Ohtani’s de facto gatekeeper, with even Ohtani’s closest representatives routinely going to Mizuhara to relay information to the ballplayer because of the language barrier. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 As the suit evolved, the judge limited the case to a language barrier issue. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 25 Mar. 2024 The language barrier, however, did not deter my daughter. TIME, 5 Mar. 2024 ProPublica had found that, due to a language barrier, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office wrongly concluded that the boy’s father, José María Rodríguez Uriarte, was operating a piece of farming equipment that killed 8-year-old Jefferson. Melissa Sanchez and Maryam Jameel, Journal Sentinel, 12 Feb. 2024 In restaurants, servers would come over to coo at him and make conversation with us in the process, despite the language barrier. Emily Siner, NPR, 5 Mar. 2024 There will be a language barrier between the two cousins, but Yu is confident that Talania will understand how much his visit means. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024

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“Language barrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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