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Have Language will Travel

May 18, 2008
Don't assume that everywhere you travel you will find plenty of people who speak your language or the English language. Consider learning the local language and be nicely surprised at how far it will get you. Locals who can see you are trying hard to communicate will often go out of their way to help you. Greetings, numbers and directions are the easiest to learn so why wouldn't you?

Give some serious thought to learning a new language before you plan your next overseas trip. To get an idea of what is involved why not visit your local library or search the Internet for free introductory language courses, these options can be inexpensive or even free and are a great way to get started.

Do you have an ipod? have you thought about getting one? well if you are thinking of learning a new language, now may be the time. A relatively new and increasingly popular learning technique is learning via ipod. Your language of choice is simply downloaded onto your ipod so you can learn any place, any time.

Begin with greetings and phrases such as How are You? my name is, can you help me? and some common destination phrases, such as post office and pharmacy, cafe or restaurant, train station and taxi.

Consider the type of activities you will be doing on your holiday and what you may need to ask for, assistance? directions? distance? why not start with these basics and go from there. Remember the more you practice the better you get, learn and use your new skills as much as possible, who cares if you speak Spanish to your cat?

If you have a destination in mind why not consider a language holiday? A number of companies now offer a language and culture immersion, you live within the local community and positively cant help but be surrounded by the language and culture 24/7, the longer you spend the better your language becomes, be warned however it does get harder to go home after this type of holiday.

You will be glad you have at least a little of the local language to get by on. It really will make a difference to how the locals interact with you and you with them.

Once you have a grasp of the local language you will be surprised at where and when it may become useful. Helping other tourists who are struggling to order lunch at a bar, to helping a tourist in your own country, you will always have a number of great reasons to learn another language, so why not start today.
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