Traveling allows us to explore the world and experience the different cultures and lifestyles that different countries offer. However, Most travelers feel that they are at a disadvantage because they don’t know the language of the locals and fear that they might not get fully immersed into the culture while traveling due to this language barrier.
Although many travelers don’t feel threatened or bothered by the existence of a language barrier and view it as part of the travel experience and challenge themselves to depend on their intuition while using other forms of communication to connect with locals on a deeper and spiritual level.
If you fall under the category of the type of traveler that likes to be prepared, we have brought you a couple of tips and tricks to help you learn the basics of the language to help you get by on your holiday or trip.
It is never too early to hop on the dictionary and language books to start learning a language of a country that you are planning to travel to, the longer time period you allow yourself to learn and practice the language the better your language and communication result will be on your trip.
However, it is important to understand that people have different learning capacities when it comes to learning an additional language depending on the person’s native language and that there isn’t a fixed duration for a language to be learned.
Practice makes perfect!
No matter how much you read or listen about a language, it is necessary to practice what you have learned in order to ensure that you have understood the rules and basics as well as enhance your skills. Practice can be more fun when you find a fun medium to do so such as a mobile application or games.
We recommend downloading an application like Duolingo, mango language amongst many other available online and offline applications and sources that you can use.
Talk like a local!
Nothing will help you catch on when it comes to language like the help of a native speaker! Interacting and practicing with native speakers allows you to be exposed to the language in real life scenarios and allows you to get the hang of it.
You can get this done by checking out many available online and offline platforms that promote language exchange programs where 2 native speakers help each other out with the respective languages they want to learn.
Dive into the language!
Use the internet to your advantage, make sure you listen to music, read books, and watch movies and shows in the language you are trying to learn. A helpful tip is to watch a show that you have already watched in your native language and watch it dubbed in the language you want to learn so that you are familiar with the plot and story line, and you will be able to focus on the language.