Understanding each other has always been a problem since mankind has started to discover the unknown of the New World. Communication was the key in order to make progress in increasing relations, building up negotiations without any need of violence. Even explorer Christopher Columbus' first problem was communicating when he landed at the Bahama Islands.
There was always the desire to have a unique spoken language on mother earth but unfortunately it's not like this. According to the records there are 7099 languages in the World, one third of these are at risk because they have less than 1.000 speakers remaining. More than half of the world's population are communicating in 23 languages.
Being able to speak many languages is something no one is able to do unless you are a linguistic person. Speaking more than three or four languages is every ones desire but there are many handicaps which people are facing during daily life. However, when it comes to traveling to a foreign country, being able to speak the language of the new country is a huge advantage because communication builds an automatic trust between locals and traveller.
7 Tips for Learning Foreign Language while Traveling
Not everybody can be linguistic but each one of You can learn a foreign language, it doesn't matter how old you are. It is important to do the first step and set a goal to learn continuously. Don't forget that the most common spoken languages are from the same family and are similliar to each other like Italian, French and Spanish. These three languages are Latin based and learning one of them will help you to learn or understand the other one easier.
For example, there are six official languages of the UN (United Nations). These are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
1 - Take some basic lessons before going on your Travel
Having a basic knowledge of the structure, grammar, verbs and pronunciation of a language will help you seriously. Since you will attend a course just three or four weeks before your travel, try to find a program that focuses on conversation. Be serious with your classes, do your homework and try to use it outside the classroom.
2 - Try to get familiar with that particular language
In addition to your classes, listen to music while reading the lyrics, watch news, try to find every possible media to get familiar with the pronunciation of the foreign language. This will help your brain to push to learn the foreign language quicker. It is important to hear from different voices speeches and expressions because you will meet native speakers who are speaking in the local dialect.
3 - Prepare yourself mentally
We know that it is not easy and that there will be some fear and doubts about to be able to speak. Don't worry, nobody is perfect. Prepare yourself mentally and focus on the places you will visit, the food you will eat, the historical past of your travel destination and the people you will meet there. It will be a totally New World for you, you will be a new Person .
4 - Try to speak only in the local language
Start to speak the very first moment when you depart for your travel. Greet the flight staff of the airplane and ask them where your seat is, or ask for some water. The customs officer will say you "Hello" in his language and ask for your passport. He will ask how long you will stay or whether you are there for business issues or for touristic. Try to answer all these questions in the new foreign language. Avoid speaking in a common language like english, it is easy but it will not help you to learn new things.
5 - Get social with locals
Getting social is really important, you can not imagine how much it will help you. First of all, you will have the opportunity to speak and practice your new challange. Don't worry everybody in foreign countries welcome new people. They will be happy to hear and see how you are trying to speak and communicate in their mother language. Support your conversation with gestures and mimics, use your body language. Don't forget to exchange your contact details for further practice.
6 - Use technology
It is the era of technology and it is easier to reach information and knowledge than it was used to in the past. Use your smart phone, download dictionaries or apps that will help you, while you are trying to speak or pronounce a word. Don't worry to do mistakes the person in front of you will repeat the same again to be sure whether she/he has understood you well.
7 - Continue your lessons when you are back
Finally, you are on your way back. We are suggesting to continue the language course which you have attended before your travel. Now, you have many experiences and will be more enthusiastic to go deeper to learn your new foriegn language.