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Learning a Language whilst Travelling

Are you considering travelling in order to learn, practise or perfect a language? Then fear not, you’ve made a great decision and here are 5 reasons why…

Learning a language traditionally takes place in a small, safe setting like a classroom or conversational group, but what about in the real world?

I believe that visiting a country and immersing yourself in the culture is one of the best ways to improve your language skills. I’ve been studying languages for over 10 years and despite this, my knees still quake whenever I’m put on the spot. When I’m travelling, I still make embarrassing mistakes that make people laugh and me cringe. However, being bold and just spitting it out has also made me more resilient and ironically, more determined to get it right the next time.

I lived in Singapore for two years, when I was 8 years old and whilst there I started learning Chinese. Just 30 mins every day and I quickly I became relatively fluent, although mistakes still occurred, like the time I asked a shopkeeper how old she was instead of how much the object was in my hand. Another classic, in both French and German, is saying that you’re hot for someone instead of hot in temperature (je suis chaude vs j’ai chaud). The list is long but friendships have been born out of my faux pas.

Language polishing is the very reason why I’ve taken it upon myself to travel solo in the past and will do again in the future. Here’s why I think you should try it too.

Got the validation you needed?

Good, now think of the advantages you’ll gain from speaking additional languages:

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