Common Problems for Non-English Speakers in the Workplace



Hey amigos, today I’d like to highlight some important things about common challenges you may experience as a non-English speaking professional. I share some personal examples in today’s episode. Enjoy, it’s a long one :)

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Transcript Snapshot (Non-English Speakers in the Workplace)


Hey guys, you’re listening to the English Made Simple Show. This is episode number 303, number three hundred and three, número tres cientos tres.

Welcome amigos y amigas. This is your host Milena speaking, you’re tuning in to the English Made Simple show. You can learn more about the EMS show and what it is all about when you visit If you want to listen to the podcast straight from the website simply type in in your browser…. And ‘voila’ you’re there! Oh, and don’t forget to check out all our past episodes and amazing resources to help you accelerate your English learning while you’re there too!

Thank you everyone for joining me today.

It’s been a while since I last recorded an episode, hope you didn’t miss me too much.

The good news is that I’m here now and we can continue with our episodes on improving your business vocabulary.

What I’d like to start with today is, go over some common problems that non-English professionals go through in their daily lives.

As a non-native English speaker residing in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, or the US, you may find yourself familiar with some of these issues.

If you’re a non-native English speaker living in your country, a non-English speaking country, and you work with colleagues who are English speakers, then today’s episode is also for you.

This episode is not just for non-native English speakers residing in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, or the US, it’s also for non-English speaking professionals worldwide! It’s for everyone.

Ok enough of this long intro!

So let’s dive in amigos y amigas.

Here are the top five common problems that you may be experiencing (as a non-English speaking professional):

#1 – Communication barriers: Professionals may struggle with understanding native speakers or expressing their ideas effectively due to language barriers.

What do I mean by “Communication barrier”?


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Milena Vujnic

Milena Vujnic

Podcast Host

Milena is the host of the English Made Simple Podcast and is passionate about helping motivated English learners break their fear of speaking English so they can confidently make conversation and be understood by other English-speakers.

Milena lives in Australia with her Chileno husband and loves anything podcasting and online coaching and is honoured to be supporting and guiding immigrants from all over the world with her products, programs and coaching services.

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