Most western people struggle when it comes to learning another language, and this is probably due to a lack of understanding within our education systems. Still, when you travel to a new country, it’s sensible for you to learn some common phrases that will make your entire experience a little more pleasurable. It’s wrong and frankly quite ignorant to assume that everyone in the world speaks English, and so putting in a little bit of effort to ensure you can communicate with the locals on your holidays is definitely a wise move.
Today, I’m going to focus on people who are planning a trip to Spain, and some of the techniques they can use to memorise important phrases quickly. Don’t get me wrong, the vast majority of Spanish people in popular holiday towns will be able to understand our mother tongue, but we should still make the effort to pick up on commonly used elements of their language. At the end of the day, most people in the UK and US react quite badly when foreign people come to visit and don’t speak our language, so it’s unsurprising they feel the same way about us.
Buy A Spanish Phrase Book
These days there are some really good online bookstores that provide brand new, and second hand copies of phrase books for little expense. Purchasing one of these and doing some reading before you travel is very sensible. Of course, you’ll be able to take the book along with you if you have trouble memorising certain words, and this should help you to reduce the chances of experiencing problems.
Purchase Some Language Software
If, like me, you spend most of your time staring at a laptop or PC screen, it could be wise to pick up some good quality Spanish language learning software. Most reasonable packages will have sections that teach you phrases, and then other sections that test you on what you’ve learned. As most people who work in education already know, this is the best way of gaining a basic understanding of the language and ensuring you progress and remember more with every session.
Make Some Spanish Friends
Around ten years ago, it would have been almost impossible for you to make acquaintances in Spain without first visiting the country, but thanks to social networks and the revolution that’s come along with them, you’ll now be able to find Spanish people via your computer in a matter of minutes. Perhaps you could locate someone who’s looking to improve on their English skills. All you need is a decent video messaging service like Skype, and you could both benefit from the outcome.
Just remember, it’s actually quite difficult to learn a new language once you’ve become an adult, and so you should always encourage your children to start learning from the earliest age. Most schools in the UK and US refrain from teaching languages to kids until they’re around eleven years old, and most research suggests this is far too late.
Good luck with learning Spanish!