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Navigating Linguistic Barriers: Exploring the Experiences of Host National Connectedness Among Multilingual Individuals

Muhammad Awais Bhatti
Department of Management, School of Business, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa 31982, Saudi Arabia
Saeed Abdullah Alzahrani
Chairman, Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts and Humanities, Al-Baha University, Al-Baha, Saudi Arabia
Keywords: Expatriates, Linguistic Barriers, Social Integration, Cultural Adaptation, Psychological Well-Being. ,


This scholarly investigation delves into the correlation among fundamental motifs in cross-cultural research. The inquiry specifically examines the impact of language impediments on the psychological well-being, social assimilation, and cultural adjustment of expatriates. Furthermore, the study endeavours to elucidate the nexus between language, culture, and social interactions within expatriate communities globally. These objectives are predicated on the premise that language functions bidirectionally, fostering convergence among individuals from diverse cultures while concurrently posing challenges to their assimilation into a shared cultural milieu. This research employs a qualitative methodology, utilizing in-depth, semi-structured interviews with expatriates residing within the cultural milieu of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Thematic analysis serves as the analytical approach, facilitating a comprehensive exploration of various facets pertaining to linguistic challenges. This encompasses an examination of their impact on expatriates' social networks, engagement in community activities, and mental well-being. This investigation elucidates significant correlations between linguistic proficiency and social integration, demonstrating that adept language skills correlate with resilient social networks and active engagement within communities. Conversely, restricted language capabilities frequently give rise to sentiments of exclusion and impede social interactions within expatriate communities. Furthermore, the study accentuates the psychological strains emanating from linguistic challenges, emphasizing their repercussions on the mental well-being and self-efficacy of expatriates. This research addresses crucial gaps in the existing literature on language challenges encountered by expatriates globally. Through the utilization of real-life examples drawn from diverse social and cultural contexts, the study elucidates the multifaceted impact of language on expatriate experiences.