IELTS reading answer “The discovery that language can be a barrier to communication”

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IELTS reading answer “The discovery that language can be a barrier to communication”

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Answer Keywords Location Explanation
14 major consequences Public attention P 2, l 4 Publicity comes only when a failure to communicate has major consequences, such as strikes, lost orders, legal problems, or fatal accidents – even, at times, war.
15 surveys books, periodicals P 3, l 7 In the English-speaking scientific world, for example, surveys of books and documents consulted in libraries and other information agencies have shown that very little foreign-language material is ever consulted.
16 sales literature  British linguistic P 4, l 11 ….non-English-speaking customers were using English for outgoing correspondence; many had their sales literature only in English; and as many as 40 per cent employed no-one able to communicate in the customers’ languages.
  •  British linguistic= English
17 The Far East / Russia / Eastern Europe / Latin America / the Arab World / French-speaking Africa  (one only) difficulties, english P 6, l 6 This is especially a problem when English is not an official language of public administration, as in most parts of the Far East, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Arab world, Latin America and French- speaking Africa.
  • problem= difficulties
18 C P 1, line 12 ….but the same….unfamiliar dialects or styles…….

They don’t talk the same language‘ has a major metaphorical meaning alongside its literal one.

19 B P 2, line 17 Presumably because the report of the treatment had been published only in journals written in European languages other than English.
20 C P 5, line 1 The criticism and publicity given to this problem since the 1960s seems to have greatly improved the situation,
21 (Industrial) training (schemes)

 

P 5, line 1 The criticism and publicity given to this problem since the 1960s seems to have greatly improved the situationindustrial training schemes have promoted an increase in linguistic and cultural awareness.
22 Translation services P 5, line 5 Many firms now have their own translation services; to take just one example in Britain, Rowntree Mackintosh now publish their documents in six languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian and Xhosa).
23 (part-time) Language courses P 5, line 11 Some firms run part-time language courses in the languages of the countries with which they are most involved;
24 (technical) glossaries P 5, line 11 Some firms run part-time language courses in the languages of the countries with which they are most involved; some produce their own technical glossaries, to ensure consistency when material is being translated.
25 D P 6, line 1 The changes in awareness have been most marked in English-speaking countries, where the realisation has gradually dawned that by no means everyone in the world knows English well enough to negotiate in it.
26 A  P 6, line 18 In securing understanding, how ‘we’ speak to ‘them’ is just as important, it appears, as how ‘they’ speak to ‘us’.

IELTS reading answer “The discovery that language can be a barrier to communication”

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