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WATCH: OFW, employer share communication barrier

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Oct. 18, 18 | 12:10 pm

Imagine moving into a country where you don’t know anyone, the places look unfamiliar, the laws and customs are different, and your employers do not speak your language. It can be a serious ordeal, especially in the UAE where the pool of people are diverse.

But OFWs make it a point that culture shock and language barriers will not hinder them in their respective jobs.

As seen in a Facebook video titled “No English, No Arabic” which was posted on the page OFW Secret, a Filipino worker and her Arab employer were having a hard time communicating with each other because both of them don’t speak the same language, literally.

They resorted to using hand gestures and facial expressions just to understand each other. According to the comments, the employer was telling the Filipina to take a lemon juice because she has a fever.

“Si amo, no English tapos si [OFW], no Arabic. Kadalasang eksena sa baguhan sa abroad. Makaka-relate ka malamang dito,” the caption reads.

The video which many Filipinos in the Middle East found relatable has gained over 1.2 million views, 23,000 reactions, and 20,000 shares on Facebook as of press time.

In the comments section of the video, many OFWs were able to relate and some of them even shared their own experience of miscommunication with their own employers.

There were also some who commended the Arab employer in the video for being kind to his helper.

Watch the video here.

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