Being abroad is one of the most perfect contexts for the purposes of learning a language. We feel somehow free, walking each step in a new land, ready to find anything…we feel more open minded and adventurous than ever. Have you noticed how travelers are always in a good mood and feel comfortable talking to strangers? This might be the reason why this is so. Weather you’ve taken Chinese classes New York style or this is your first time attempting to learn a language, these tips will come in handy.
Go to a club, listen to the radio…the trendy songs will give you something easy to remember. Listening and singing famous songs written in the language we seek to learn is a great strategy, as it really doesn’t take any effort to learn the words. Combining lyrics and melody is fun, and you’ll never forget what those words mean. Have you noticed how you still remember songs that date back to your childhood? And you probably never struggled to remember? Melody, rhythm, words and repetition is a great combination to boost our memory and second language acquisition skills.
Keep a Notebook with you
You will be constantly listening to new words and expressions in different contexts, even if you’re just walking on the street all by yourself. You’ll be exposed to an incredible amount of new information, and even though you may think that it’s possible for you to remember all of it, it’s just better to keep a small notebook and a pen with you, so you can write down the new expressions. Do this every day, and by the end of your trip you’ll have your own little dictionary!
Speak, speak, speak…
If you seek to take advantage of your trip, don’t hesitate to talk to people: in general locals are very open to talking to travelers who are interested in their language and culture, so don’t be shy and ask for directions, restaurant recommendations, etc… meet people and become friends with them. Social interaction is the most important key to practice a language while you’re abroad.
Complement with a course
http://www.languagetrainers.com offers courses dictated by native speaking qualified trainers, who can assist you with recommendations and insights to the culture you’re visiting during or before your trip.