It can be daunting for people to travel to countries that have a different language. The question becomes what can you do to break down the language barriers between you and your host country? There are many different options depending on how much time and energy you have to put into your new endeavour. Apps like Google Translate and Babel Fish, translate spoken and written language in real time and some of them are even free. There are a number of books on the market designed to give you the bare minimum of language necessary to help you find your way around town, interact with locals, and basically help you get by without too much time and energy going towards speaking the tongue of your new home away from home. The last option you may consider is a language course designed to take you from beginner to advanced speaker. Options like Rosetta stone and Pimsler pride themselves on using a multifaceted approach to create the neuro-pathways needed to make the language more than just memorised vocab. Be sure to choose the option that fits your needs and available resources. Language is a huge part of new cultures and I highly recommend trying to experience it to the fullest.


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