Break Down Language Barriers with Effective Interpretation Services
Throughout history, there is a lot of evidence of how conflict and feuds have stemmed from language barriers. Whether it was (and is) religious or scientific misinterpretations of texts, or great wars fueled by prejudice and stereotypes, as a global civilization, we have seen the dark side of miscommunication.
On the other side, language barriers remind us of our unique cultural, historical, and linguistic differences that should be celebrated and shared with each other. Through effective communication, we can maintain and drive peace and progress between two or more foreign parties.
What is a language barrier?
A language barrier is a lack of understanding language and dialect between individuals or a group of people. As Buarqoub, I.A.S notes, “language barriers are semantic problems that arise during the process of encoding and/or decoding the message into words and ideas, respectively. They are one of the main barriers that limit effective communication. They are the most common communication barriers that cause misunderstandings and misinterpretations between people.”
This is where we come in. DMME offer quality and professional translation and interpretation services that not only translate words but consider the linguistic and cultural nuances that may impact a message. We break down the multiple barriers that may arise when communication takes place between two foreign parties. And yes… there are multiple.
The different types of communication barriers
Apart from the main language barrier where language and terminology may need clarification and interpretation, there are other factors to consider when translating text or verbal content.
Psychological and physiological barriers
The emotional and physical state of the sender and receiver will have an impact on the message being sent. For example, anger, pain or frustration narrows the use of mindful language and will influence the tone and style of the message. Therefore, creating a barrier for the original message and means to come through.
The most obvious example of a physical barrier is geographic distance between the sender and receiver(s). The ideal form of communication is face-to-face, however with modern technology connecting people and offering translation and interpretation services (i.e. Google translate) there are ways to overcome physical barriers – unless the internet is down and we’re back to square one.
These are personal behaviour or perceptions that prevent people from communicating effectively. Biases, prejudice, mother tongue pride and poor management of communication (not addressing the challenges and overcoming them) can lead to attitudinal barriers. Basically, don’t be that guy with an attitude problem that disrupts communication.
This may exist in communication structures when there is a lack of understanding of the roles and responsibilities for communication. This can also be present with misguidance or inappropriate use of communication channels and resolved through the implementation of proper management techniques and defining channel roles.
How to overcome language barriers
With our professional and friendly help, of course. It is our duty to offer the highest quality of interpretation and translation services that help create clear communication between foreign individuals or parties and implement a level of respect and understanding.
By ensuring every aspect of interpreting a message is considered, such as cultural background, semantics, slang and the channel of communication, in addition to just translating a foreign language, we guarantee no barriers to communication.
DMME offer certified interpretation services that consider the native language of each party, nuances and technical terms. This is important when it comes to medical and scientific interpretations, legal or academic translations, as well as language disabilities such as hearing loss or blindness.
Do you require professional interpretation services to avoid common language barriers? Reach out to us for a consultation and let’s get everyone speaking the same language (metaphorically speaking).