Arriving to a new and different country can be endlessly exciting, but also absolutely terrifying. For people coming from a non-English background, there is a massive language barrier that needs to be crossed. Not only in terms of learning new words and phrases, but also stepping way out of your comfort zone and dealing with tricky situations, resulting in the occasional game of miming or charades. As for me, having travelled all my life, I thought I had the English language in the palm of my hand… Oh boy was I wrong. And I learnt that the hard way.
Language and Culture