Perceived language barriers among foreign nationals in Turkey

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Ashifaa K.

Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, vol.17, no.2, pp.1114-1119, 2021 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.52462/jlls.78
  • Journal Name: Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, EBSCO Education Source, ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), MLA - Modern Language Association Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.1114-1119
  • Keywords: Communication, Foreign Nationals, Language barriers, Life style, Satisfaction
  • Istanbul Gelisim University Affiliated: Yes


Turkey has been attracting an increasing number of foreigners seeking to work or create a social life in the country over the last few years. Naturally, like with any country, there are some problems that foreigners may encounter in Turkish life due to cultural differences. While these difficulties are not unique to Turkey and there may be obstacles to overcome, Turkish life continues to adhere to international norms. One of the most significant obstacles foreigners face in Turkish day today life is the issue of communication. The language barrier is the most significant obstacle since it impairs one's capacity to communicate with others, which is necessary for survival. It might generate difficulties for newcomers, such as finding work, acquiring an education, obtaining medical treatment, acquiring housing, and generally surviving. With an increase in foreign mobility to Turkey, adaptation challenges and issues become more prevalent. Adaptation to a new culture occurs on a variety of levels, including social, psychological, academic, and environmental. Adapting properly to a new culture is critical for social and academic success. Adapting to a new culture and way of life, on the other hand, has never been easy. The present investigation came to be signify the various challenges faced by the foreign nationals with language barrier.