Learning Phrases In A Second Language

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Learning a new language can be very challenging. It can be even more challenging if you are asked to learn in on short notice.

Many business trips may take you to foreign countries where a different language is primarily spoken. You may also suddenly decide to travel to a new country for fun because you found a great deal on plane tickets.

While this can be intimidating, you will be okay and you will even have a very enjoyable time. Learning as much as you can of a new language is important as it can enhance your experience in a new country.

However, you should focus your studies to common tasks that you may do while you are there. The first thing you will want to do is learn the basic phrases of conversation for that particular language.

Any book that focuses on learning the language you need to learn should have a section on these kinds of phrases. Be sure to practice these phrases every day until you leave for your vacation.

In addition, find a site online that has pronunciation guides for you. Even if you know what the words are, the native people may not be able to understand you if you completely butcher the pronunciation.

Listen carefully to how the words are said because many languages do not put the same emphasis on the same letters as in English. In fact, most do not have the same emphasis at all.

You may also want to look around for a smaller, pocket-sized version of the book that contains common phrases. This way you will be able to carry it around with you and practice them whenever you have a few moments.

In addition, you can take it with your to the new country and you will be able to pull it out when you need it. If you cannot find a small book of phrases, simply make some flashcards and carry them around with you instead.

As you practice, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much you can understand when you arrive at your destination. In addition to basic phrases that are used in conversation, you will want to make sure that you learn how to order food in a restaurant.

This is probably an activity that you will do fairly frequently throughout your trip. You may also want to learn how to recognize a few key ingredients so that you do not end up ordering raw squid if you do not want to try it.

When you travel to a new country, there will probably be some English speaking chain restaurants near your hotel or the airport. While you are in a new country, you might as well try all of the authentic food instead of settling for the easy food that you could get back home.

This means that you will definitely need to learn how to order in the native language. The third thing you may want to try is learning a joke or two in the new language.

Even though you have halting language skills at best, it can be surprising how much people will open to you and help you if you can get them to laugh. Whether or not the joke is actually funny, most natives will recognize your efforts and they may be friendlier to you.

The last thing you will need to remember is to be unafraid and to use the words that you have studied once you arrive in the new country. Many people arrive at the airport and realize exactly how much of the language they do not know and they clam up.

They go to their hotel and stay there as much as possible. However, new experiences and learning opportunities cannot come this way.

By using the few words you know, you may come across amazing opportunities. Remember that most foreigners are very friendly and will be very willing to help you overcome obstacles in the new country.

They will do their best to communicate with you and to teach you new words. As you use the vocabulary you have, you will find that your language skills will grow dramatically.

It will take time and effort to learn a few phrases to get you started, but it will definitely be worth it. You will not regret the time that you have spent studying the new language.

Your experience as you travel will be much more enjoyable if you understand a few phrases. These phrases may come in handy the rest of your life.
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This article was published on 2011/02/16