Conflicts Erika Opperman

“There are many reasons why interpersonal communications may fail. In many communications, the message (what is said) may not be received exactly the way the sender intended. It is, therefore, important that the communicator seeks feedback to check that their message is clearly understood"(10).

“Language and linguistic ability may act as a barrier to communication. Regional colloquialisms and expressions may be misinterpreted or even considered offensive"(11).

Language Barriers

A large and confusing barrier that results in conflicts today are language barriers. It is impossible to know how to speak every language in the world because there are many of them. Even if it was possible, each language has different slang terms in each country. For example, the Spanish dominant language people might not understand if English dominant people say the word "cool" as in "oh, that's so cool!". Other words could be offensive to foreign people resulting in anger and arguments.

There is new technology that has been invented to prevent this barrier. It is an ear piece that syncs up to your phone that will take what a French speaking person and translate what they are saying to an English language in your ear. This new invention will help bring the problem of language barriers down to help foreign people feel more welcome.

“An example of a physical barrier to communication is geographic distance between the sender and receiver(s)"(12).

Physical Barriers

A physical barrier results in conflicts because technology can't replace everything. Even when you are trying to communicate from far away, it isn't the same as meeting them and talking face to face. Also, technology doesn't always work correctly. There are problems with connectivity and other situations even if it was made to reduce conflicts in the physical barrier area. Time change is also a difficulty in this area.

A way to resolve this problem is to create a schedule. Figure out the time change and come to an agreement of time to talk and communicate. Nothing can replace being face to face, but visiting and FaceTime help some.


When I was younger there was a girl in my class who spoke Chinese. She didn't know any English and was put into a class with all English speakers. She was always very frustrated because she couldn't understand anything that was going on. My teacher would try to help her understand but it was difficult because she knew nothing about the language. My teacher tried labeling things in the classroom with post-it's that had English and Chinese, but she just kept getting more frustrated.

They should have placed her in a room with at least another chinease speaker to help her understand what was going on in the classroom and to help her learn English too.

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