Most of us have a fascination with foreign cultures, beliefs, tradition, food, festivals, etc. It is a great idea to use travel as a method of learning about these fascinations, as well as a new language. However, it is important to learn the basics of the language e.g. asking for directions, ordering food at a hotel or restaurant, greetings, etc ., before you go. It will keep you away from embracing situation or from asking everyone if they understood your mother tongue.
A few tips are necessary when using traveling to learn Spanish:
Sign up for a Spanish Program
Attending a class or Spanish language program is advisable as a beginner or for someone eager to learn the language. It will teach you the basics of Spanish e.g. grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, before starting your traveling adventure to become fully immersed in the language. Be sure to pick a learning program that provides practical and everyday conversation use.
Downloading audio programs and podcasts gives you the opportunity of getting accustomed to hearing the language. This way, Spanish does not seem so foreign as soon as you are on the ground. Practice makes perfect. Attempt to use the little you have learned with your Spanish friends on the streets, market, etc.
Trying to meet that language requirement to study abroad? Want to make your life easier when traveling or multiply the number of people you are able to talk to in the world. Picking up new languages I realized, is not a natural gift. It is simply a function of your willingness to learn, and the measures you take to put yourself in a position to learn. Here are some simple ways to cut your language learning time with minimal effort.
Usually, the 1000 most commonly used words are all that are necessary for achieving a comfortable level of fluency. This can happen within months if you learn a language like Spanish (much easier to learn vocabulary than Chinese, no complicated characters). It helps to start with the 100 most common words first, then 300, and so on. Out of those 1000 most common words (or in addition to those 1000 words) you can easily learn all the words that sound really similar to your native language or any other language you are familiar with.
Today on the FundMyTravel blog we get the exciting chance to interview Benny Lewis, an international traveler and speaker, who has become fluent in seven languages since 2003.
Benny, thanks for joining us today and it’s an absolute pleasure getting to touch base, before a whirlwind of exciting events takes place in Australia, for you! We’re just thrilled to snag some of your time and find out more about the man, behind the genius of “Fluent in Three Months.”
How did you first identify that you had an approach to language learning which would be beneficial to so many other people? We come across a lot of travelers and students who are a bit nervous about visiting countries, where they don’t have a mastery of the language yet. Do you have any advice for these people, to help them feel more confidant, diving into this uncomfortable scenario?
I struggled myself a lot at first, but then developed a good learning technique. As I travelled, I came across other people who were in the initial struggling stage and I really enjoyed motivating them to dive right into it. This inspired me to start writing about it as well. There are lots of tips I give, but the most concise, which I can offer is that, beginners need to actually make it their goal to make as many mistakes per day as possible. Having a perfectionist approach and waiting until you have perfect grammar before speaking is the biggest enemy of all, in language learning.
Wow, well I’m sure that takes some courage and might even surprise some of our readers, but it makes sense. What was the first language you discovered an absolute passionate interest in learning? What got you interested in the first place and what do you think was the most influential cultural experience that made you want to practice the language better?
Spanish – I grew up with Spanish students visiting my home-town and always wanted to learn this language, but it wasn’t offered in my school. When I graduated uni, I took the chance to go live in Spain and just figured I’d pick up the language by proxy. Sadly this didn’t happen after six months so I had to grow my interest in learning the language itself. Those first few moments of saying something and having the other person understand you and reply are so motivating. The amount of cultural experiences I’ve had is endless, but the interactions with individuals has always been at the core of my passion for learning language.