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Living in a country where you have to speak a foreign language can cause serious social problems, as well as practical problems. To what extent do you agree or diagree with this statement?

Does 'practical problems' mean the problems you encounter in your daily life? How is it different from social problems, since they both involve human interaction and are both caused by having difficulty in communicating with locals.

Many many thanks
  • S1m0n

    Senior Member
    Practical problems might include not being able to speak to the garbage collector, the gardener, or a taxi driver. Social problems might include not being able to speak to your neighbours or you childrens' school teachers.


    Senior Member
    For me, social problems are the problems that the society as a whole may be facing. A large number of foreigners not being able to speak the foreign language may be quite a burden on the society, if the society wants to integrate them. As your sentence says, this 'can cause social problems' and, indeed, the large foreign minority has caused a 'serious social problem'.

    That is the other side of the practical problems encountered by the foreign individuals themselves - as Simon says (Simon says :) ) you may not be able to communicate with members of the local society when that really matters.


    English - Britain
    I would say that social problems would be things like making friends, whereas practical problems would be problems in living your every day life, for example going to the shops, or getting a job.
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