As an international student, I was very excited about trying new things at the beginning of the term, but as a “non-proficient” speaker of English, I felt constantly frustrated by the language barrier which hindered my access to information and ability to communicate with my class.
My frustrations contributed to a deep sense of loneliness which became the focus of my research. I became interested in personal perspectives of loneliness, in particular those of non-native/proficient speakers of English.
This digital space contains interviews conducted with international students in London. Through a series of playful Interactions in typography, it aims to facilitate empathy and an understanding of the challenges that communicating in a second language presents.
I didn’t find it as hard as arriving at a new school in a new city could be, but I do remember comparing myself with perfect English speakers and thinking ‘I could never be as comfortable as they are’. I felt a bit like a fish out of water in that respect, but this was probably just my perception of the situation. The people I was comparing myself with were maybe not any more comfortable than I was.
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