We relax by learning. Tips for learning a foreign language during holiday
Each time we go on holiday we make a long list with things we need to do or wish to do. Sometimes, this list includes learning a foreign language, our trip being the best time to practice or learn new language without putting too much effort. To help you with this process, we have prepared a few tips we hope you will find useful for the learning process:
- Learn the basics
Before trying anything else, give yourself some time to learn the basics of the language in order to understand the pronunciation, the sounds and the words of that language. It would be also helpful to understand the differences between the grammar of the learned language and that of your native language, notably information about gender of the nouns, personal pronouns and widely used adjectives. This will help you understand the basics of the foreign language.
- Talk to native speakers
Use every chance you have to talk to native speakers in their language and ask them to explain you what did they say if you did not understand. Having a close contact with the foreign language, you will be able to learn in a fast and correct way the most common sentences. Most often you will meet local people willing to talk to you in markets, coffee shops and restaurants, where you can also learn useful terms (shopping list, names of dishes, etc.).
- Go on a tour of the city with a native speaker
Visiting the area with a native guide or using an audio tape with guidelines in the native language can help you remember the name of local buildings and neighborhoods. If you still do not understand what your guide tells you, try to ask questions to better understand the subject.
- Listen to the radio and watch TV programs
Listening to the radio is an excellent way of understanding the language and enriching your vocabulary. This also helps you learn various dialects which may be confusing when you learn a new language.
- Befriend with native speakers
Try to make as many new friends as possible just by talking to them in their native language in order to enrich your vocabulary and understand the pronunciation, the grammar and verb tenses. Your friends can also let you know when you make mistakes and answer to any questions you might have.
With this being said, we wish you good luck and great trips!