Language Is A Key Tool That Connects Individuals Of Diverse Geographical Differences

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Language is a crucial tool that connects individuals of diverse geographical differences, enables understanding of one’s culture and belief, and facilitates comprehension of one’s own needs especially with regards to healthcare. So how does one adopt to a country not her own and a language she less likely speak her entirely life, with pronunciation of words she couldn’t even utter correctly or couldn’t speak it at all? Let’s take a peak of the different scenarios, experiences and perspective of people who encounters dilemmas in language as a barrier. Blandina J. Harrison is a 76 year old widower from the Philippines who came to Chicago in 1974. She used to work in Lutheran Hospital as an EKG technician before retiring in 2005. Mrs. Harrison was diagnosed with breast cancer on 2011, had a double mastectomy and currently taking anticancer medications. According to her, it was a very difficult journey coming to the United States. Mrs. Harrison can speak just a little English and most of the time couldn’t pronounce the words correctly. Mrs. Harrison was embarrassed talking to people because she needed to repeat herself so many times and had to pronounce the words in exaggerated fashion so people can comprehend what she meant. Mrs. Harrison’s dilemma is not an isolated case. According to Jacobs et al., 2004, “More than 46 million people in the United States do not speak English as their primary language” and 21 million people does not speak it very well. The impact of this

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