Language for Travel
Learning a language for travel is different than learning for other reasons. You’re aim is often not to become fluent in your target language – you are more interested in being able to get by, and survive and enjoy the country you are travelling to. Of course, the more you learn of the language, the more you are able to enjoy your stay, interact with the locals, and have an enriching experience.
Working to a departure date
How you learn your language will depend on how far away your departure date is. The longer you have before you take-off, the more your learning programme will resemble that of a person aiming for full proficiency. If your travel date is only a couple of months away, however, your preparation will reflect your need for survival language skills as quickly as possible.
Language learning for travel at Language Hub
The Language Hub helps you achieve your travel goals and obtain the language skills you need for an enjoyable holiday. Your personal tutor can recommend a specific programme based on your desired language ability, your existing skills, your intended length of stay and itinerary, and your time until departure.
Tips for learning a language for travel
- Memorise key words and phrases, alongside learning the structure of the language and general language skills. The less time you have to prepare, the more your learning should focus on set phrases.
- Learn a range of possible questions and answers for the situations you are likely to encounter. Group your phrases into topics so you can refer to them in different scenarios in your trip
- Practice listening to the language at normal speed, spoken with different accents and by different ages and genders. Learn to recognise key words that can give a clue to what the speaker is trying to say
- Don’t waste your time learning the names of things you can simply point to. Its better to be able to say “I want that (point)” than “…… cake”.
- If you have time, learn as much of the basic grammar and structures as you can. Rote-learning without understanding is the least effective way to learn a language.
- Keep your goal in sight. Being able to get by without English is rewarding in so many ways