5 Language Learning Tips for Study Abroad

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As a student, the opportunity to study abroad offers you the ability to expand your horizons in new and exciting ways. You’ll be introduced to a new culture and confronted with new ideas and ways of life. Most of all, you will learn an entirely new way of communicating with others. This is a simple task for those who choose to study abroad in English speaking countries. Those preparing to study elsewhere may be in for a bumpier road. Here are a few tips to help you learn the native language when studying abroad:

Prepare Yourself

The most efficient way to ease into a new culture and language is to be prepared for learning. You can be proactive with this process by preparing before you study abroad. Get a dictionary and look up helpful phrases. Mentally prepare to be a sponge, soaking up cultural norms and interesting words.

Meet the Locals

Step out of your comfort zone and into the shoes of a native. By putting yourself into the cultural context, you will walk away with a wealth of new ways to interact with those around you. Most locals will love having a foreigner to learn new words from and share cultural tips with. Go make some friends!

Take Notes

Jot down new words on a pad of paper. Record unfamiliar phrases in your handheld device. Never miss an opportunity to learn the local language more efficiently. Reference and research your notes to stay ahead of the curve.

Don’t Be Afraid of Language Technology

A little bit of help goes a long way. Don’t hesitate to invest in a handheld translator or online dictionary to make your learning experience more manageable. Language learning technology such as Rosetta Stone can also help you practice in your spare time.

Immerse Yourself

Once you are comfortable, take the final step and immerse yourself in the language. Switch your phone to display in the local language. Watch local television and listen to the local radio station. Catch up on the latest news by reading the local paper. Embracing language is the key to mastery.

These are just a few ways to help you learn the local language while you study abroad. Stay positive and focused on learning the local language and the results will be both fulfilling and rewarding.


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