6 IMPORTANT WAYS TO LEARN A LANGUAGE WHILE TRAVELING THE WORLD
Learning a new language while travelling will enhance your overall experience. It is necessary to learn the language and understand the very basics of it. For example, learn about words that have the same meaning but are used in different contexts. An example of such words is por and para in Spanish. The concept of por vs. para is essential to understand if you are learning Spanish. Here are some ways you can learn a language while travelling the world.
Visit the Local Places with More Natives
It is challenging to make yourself speak a language that you don’t know when you can speak in your native language. The best way to practice the language is by throwing yourself in situations where you don’t have other options. If learning a new language is your primary concern, then you should try going to places that have local people.
Spend Your Time on the Road Learning
If you are visiting local market places and talking to natives, this means you are putting a lot of effort. Why not spend each and every moment learning the new language? When you are in a car, or a train, do not let the time go to waste. Keep some podcasts or radio shows on your mobile phone/iPod, and listen to them while you enjoy the scenery.
Join a Class
The more you interact with natives, the more you will learn new words and phrases. Another way to interact with the natives is to join classes such as yoga classes, cooking classes, etc. The teachers and other students will be natives. Desperate situations demand desperate measures. You will learn to understand what certain words and phrases mean.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
When you go to a different country, everything about it is strange to you. You will also not be able to comprehend board signs and billboards because you don’t know the language. Yet, reading such signs is one of the best ways to learn new words. We already have an idea of what a board is saying because of the pictures, or because we are familiar with the names of the places that are written.
Talk With Everyone You Meet
Try to strike up a conversation with everyone you meet, even if it is just to say hi or hello. When you are in a bar/café or are passing someone in the street, practice your learning skills. Greet them or ask them about the weather or directions. It will be a great way to practice, and you will gain some confidence.
Don’t worry about using superficial and bold words. You are a learner, and you are allowed to make mistakes. In the beginning, it will be difficult to put together a sentence without a mistake. The natives will also know that you are learning and they will not judge you.
Follow these tips, and you will learn a new language in no time! Good Luck!
About the Author:
Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.