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.