A Pained Life: Lost in Translation

We often talk and write about issues of communication.

“Friends, coworkers, and family don’t understand my pain.”

“The doctor won’t give me the medication I need.”

“He ignores my complaints.”

Maybe the issue is not being ignored or misunderstood. Maybe it is simpler than that.

When I was in high school, we had a Brazilian foreign exchange student live with us. She spoke no English. I spoke no Portuguese. The two of us walked around with a Portuguese-English dictionary. I looked up the English words and spoke the Portuguese equivalent. She looked up the Portuguese words so she could speak to me in English. It was tedious, but it worked.
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