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Language Learning - A Few Tips To Make Traveling Easier
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Language Learning  -  A Few Tips to Make Traveling Easier

Have you ever wanted to visit a foreign country? Maybe further than that, you are planning to move to a different country, but don't know the first thing about their language? Learning a language can be difficult, especially if no one around you knows how to speak the language you're interested in. But, I'm gonna provide you with some helpful tips that'll get you on the right track to learning the language you need, want, or love!

The first thing you should know is that the human brain is programmed to learn language in a very audial manner. When we're babies, we first learn how to speak from our parents, and then we attend school in order to learn to write (among other things). Therefore, it is very important that you have regular oral conversations with native speakers, and there are many websites that will help you to connect with foreign language speakers worldwide if you are in a less diverse area of the world yourself.

The next thing you should do is keep a dictionary with you if you are traveling, especially if you do this frequently. Many of my friends have electronic dictionaries that they whip out when they don't understand a word in the middle of a conversation, or maybe you can download a few for your iPhone or Kindle. This is really good for learning a language in the firsthand setting.

The third and perhaps most important point is to practice, practice, practice! The old saying "practice makes perfect" couldn't be more true, especially when it comes to picking up foreign languages. The more you study and practically apply what you have learned and continue to learn, the more you become adept and the more you will sound like a native speaker over time. You might even be able to visit more obscure places in foreign countries because of your newfound language skills—I don't know about you, but I love a little exploration and adventure!

So, the next time you plan a trip somewhere exotic or if you are getting a new job in a completely and utterly different part of the world, just keep in mind that learning a bit of their language will not only help you find your way around, but the locals will respect your openness and desire to sponge up new and interesting things about their culture. Until next time, adíos, au revoir, and sayounara!

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where were you the first time I went over seas? LOL Good article

  about 1 decade ago
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