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Language Lessons Get Your Trip Abroad Off To A Great Start

Aug 17, 2007
Start your dream vacation experience early with language lessons. Many of us spend a good portion of our lives dreaming of that one huge trip abroad that will take us too many places and expose us to many new people and cultures. However, we often fail to see how important knowing the language of the lands we are visiting is to our overall vacation experience. Even the most basic needs we have while vacationing can be negatively impacted by having no understanding of the language: hotel check in, taxi rides, directions, and fares, ordering food, and getting from one place to another.

One of the biggest mistakes that English-speaking people do is assume that they will have no trouble finding someone that speaks English where they are going. Although English is the most commonly spoken language right next to Spanish, you can't assume that (or ask of) the natives will be able to communicate with you in your own language. That's why you need to make the first move and start learning theirs.

Language lessons are a great way to improve your understanding of the native language of the places you will be visiting. You can take language lessons online. These lessons are not meant to replace traditional language learning processes but to enhance the learning experience by using games, flash cards, and word scrambles to teach you the vocabulary of the language you are trying to learn and helping you to memorize words.

It doesn't matter if you want to learn French, Hindi, Russian, or improve your English skills, there are wonderful lessons and games that will help improve vocabulary while building strong language skills. You will enjoy your vacation so much more if you have at least a basic understanding of the language. I recommend at least being able to ask and understand directions, order food, and find a restroom in addition to having a basic understanding of the local currency and basic counting (this lessens your risk of being taken advantage of by not so honest vendors).

We rely on our language skills for the most basic of tasks each and every day. If you've never been in a situation where communication was impaired by a language barrier, then it is nearly impossible to explain how difficult it can be to find your way around, get food and water, and deal with monetary transactions. Knowing the language also means you can read the signs to get where you're hoping to go, find neat little places along the way you didn't know about, and have a greater overall enjoyment of your vacation experience. It's also great fun to be able to talk to people in their own language while vacationing in order to really have an authentic travel experience.
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Increase your foreign language vocabulary at http://www.InternetPolyglot.com by playing online games. The site contains thousands of lessons in different languages from English, Spanish, French, Russian to Hindi, Turkish, Ukrainian and many others.
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