Language travel can provide a rich cultural and lifestyle experience. No matter whether your travels take you across Europe or Asia, learning languages will enrich the trip and allow you to connect with locals more easily.
Experiences you will cherish most from travelling will stem from meeting new people. Learning their language will enable you to make connections more easily than ever.
Learn A Few Phrases
Before embarking on an international travel experience, learning basic language phrases and words will make the experience far more pleasurable. A phrase book or online programs designed for travelers are great places to begin learning quickly and effectively.
“Where is…?” will always come in handy whether you need to find the restroom, restaurant or landmark. Additionally, “what is your favorite ___?” may also prove valuable; locals love sharing their favorite food items, sights or activities!
Please speak more slowly is an essential phrase when traveling in countries where spoken languages tend to move quickly; making this request will save both yourself and others from frustration and confusion! Furthermore, learning a few polite expressions in local language shows your effort at adapting.
Idioms are an integral part of any language and can be difficult to translate. Welsh has some lovely expressions such as: “fel rhech mewn pot jam”, which roughly translates as: it’s useless or worse! Learning them best involves engaging with native speakers and asking about them directly – listening more will allow you to understand them and pick up subtleties more readily.
Download A Language App
Have a translation app installed on your phone can make travel in other languages much simpler, especially if there is no Wi-Fi or cell service in an area. Apps such as Google Translate provide text translation, customizable phrasebooks and instant camera translation; additionally you can even download languages ahead of time to use offline.
Pimsleur and TripLingo apps focus on teaching you the fundamentals to allow for communication during a trip, with audio-based lessons lasting 30 minutes each that allow for effortless language acquisition during commutes or chore completion.
Other apps like iTranslate and Naver Papago offer more versatility, enabling translation between English and other languages as well as offering features such as full dictionary look-up and real-time translations. One key advantage of these applications is that they work offline too!
Travel expert Matt Hulett suggests learning some polite phrases like “please,” “thank you,” and “hello” in the local language to make yourself more at ease during travels abroad. Doing so shows respect and appreciation of its culture while relieving any tension during restaurant mishaps or travel difficulties; at worst, simply smiles will often work wonders.
Watch Foreign Films & TV
Cultural shorthand often associates watching foreign films with arrogance; however, this shouldn’t be taken as evidence that watching them is arrogant or pretentious. Instead, these movies provide both entertainment and information – offering glimpses into other people’s lives, social customs and traditions; ultimately proving that we all share an experience universal across languages or cultures.
From Bollywood masterpieces to Italian classics, there is plenty of material out there for anyone willing to venture outside their comfort zone and explore foreign film. Many popular streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime provide international content; alternatively specialized services like MHz and Anime Network may have even larger selections of foreign movies and shows available.
Notable platforms aside, there are also websites and apps which enable viewers to watch foreign TV series and movies without paying subscription fees. Kanopy is an online streaming service offering international content for free (provided you belong to a library in your region). Lingopie offers interactive subtitles so that viewers can practice their foreign language skills while watching movies on an entertainment platform like Lingopie or BBC iPlayer, Funimation allows access to unlimited foreign anime for $6 monthly streaming and much more!
Take A Language Class
Experts agree that full immersion is the most effective way to learn a foreign language, and traveling to countries where English isn’t the primary tongue can be one of the best ways of doing just this. Your trip will expose you to every element of that culture’s language from street signs and restaurants to movies with subtitles and even casual conversations on the streets – giving your brain ample practice at grasping it all!
Beginner or intermediate travelers may find it beneficial to enroll in language classes as an effective way of getting formal instruction from experienced instructors while learning new vocabulary, phrases and idioms. Travel agencies or schools/universities usually offer such classes.
Meeting new people can be one of the greatest joys of traveling, and knowing a language will enable you to form friendships more easily as well as understanding different cultures more fully, helping you fully appreciate and enjoy your trip abroad.
Language lessons before traveling will make your experience much richer and enrich your stay, but aren’t essential. At least having some understanding of the local language will enable you to navigate basic situations, use public transportation and find accommodation more effectively. Google Translate and HelloTalk apps may provide assistance in communicating with locals but will likely not be as efficient at doing so as learning the basics yourself.