Another excellent travel word, “wanderlust” refers to our desire for change and our need for exploration – an ideal combination! Travel fuels this type of energy.
This special edition examines three specific aspects of transposition – book market dynamics, power disparities between languages, and agents who create such translations.
Languages to Learn
Learning multiple languages is always advantageous when traveling abroad. Knowing even just a few key phrases will make you much more welcome when visiting a country that doesn’t share your native tongue, as well as show locals your respect and appreciation of their culture and hospitality.
Languages designed for travelers should have both global reach and can be quickly learned, such as Spanish which opens up whole continents for exploration while being easy to pick up since it shares commonalities with Portuguese and Italian. French also offers immense potential, being spoken across 29 nations such as Africa or Quebec.
Learning Hindi will be of tremendous value if you plan to visit India, which has an array of languages spoken across its many regions. Being fluent in this unifying tongue allows you to connect with people from across all regions – particularly helpful if exploring southern parts. Telugu may also come in handy.
Mandarin can be extremely useful as the official language in China and many former Soviet states, and Arabic as its primary tongue in North Africa and Middle East. Russian is another essential skill, being still commonly spoken post-Soviet nations.
One of the great joys of traveling is meeting new people. Travelers may make lifelong friendships or even find someone from another country who they find attractive; learning a foreign language helps make this possible more easily.
Finding cost-effective resources for learning a foreign language before traveling is straightforward. Apps such as Rosetta Stone and Babbel can provide basic vocabulary useful for making introductions, asking directions, ordering food and getting help. For an accelerated approach, sign up for a community college course to teach essential phrases and words needed during your travels.
Learn a language for travel by reading books and watching TV or film in its target language. By switching out your usual television shows for foreign movies, you’ll immerse yourself in it without getting bored or stressed out by its unfamiliarity. Music or podcasts in that language could also be a good way of picking up some key phrases – just make sure that before travelling you practice pronouncing key words correctly so you don’t sound silly! Additionally, download travel apps (like Google Maps and translation apps) ahead of time just in case your phone dies or Wi-Fi doesn’t work properly so they’ll always be ready if needed in case of emergency!
Fears such as getting lost, not finding restrooms, and explaining food allergies may seem insurmountable when traveling to countries in which you don’t speak the local language. But these fears don’t need to become reality – there are strategies available that will assist with navigating foreign countries even without native-level communication skills.
Start by learning some essential words and phrases. A common misconception is that being able to say, “Yes,” “No,” “Where is the bathroom?” and “I’ll have another beer please” will get you through any country. While these basics will help, there is much more you can learn for a more secure travel experience abroad.
Before travelling, consider picking up a phrasebook or trying a translation app to practice pronunciation of words correctly. Such apps provide great feedback as to whether your pronunciation of each word is accurate; take some time getting comfortable, but don’t be intimidated into staying within your comfort zone – children learn languages faster as they don’t fear appearing foolish.
Signing up for a language class designed specifically for travelers can give you the confidence needed to navigate a foreign country with ease. Many universities or community colleges offer these classes at convenient evening times – perfect if traveling is on your mind!