Do Cultural Language Barriers Affect Communication?

Cultural language barriers can present challenges to effective communication. Emotional constraints, behavior constraints and cognitive constraints are three main reasons for cultural language barriers.

Even if a person from a specific culture were to speak the same language as another person from another culture, the way he or she interprets communication is different. If translation of languages is needed for communication between the two people, the situation can worsen. For example, the communication might break down if another language were poorly translated into English and vice versa.

This is because the English language has scores of words for specific conditions, like emotion, just like many other languages. For effective translation, the interpreter or translator should have prior knowledge or understanding of the relevant cultures.