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Living Abroad to Learn a Language

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Have you ever wished that you could be totally fluent in another language, be it for professional reasons, because you want to live abroad one day, or simply for your personal benefit? Even though we all did some French or Spanish at school, we barely have enough words to make any kind of conversation when away in France or Spain. Usually it is not a problem since everyone else speaks English, but does it make you wonder if we aren’t just lazy and if we are missing something?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, why not seriously looking into learning a new language? Of course, it is always hard to do so, even with the numerous evening classes offered by universities and other organisms. The biggest obstacles are the lack of time and practice, and the painful slow progress that brings discouragement. Well, there is an easy solution to them all, living abroad for a few months. This is by miles the best way to learn a language and become fluent quickly.

While in another country where everyone else speaks another language, you will be constantly hearing and reading it, thus getting quickly accustomed to it. You are sharing the locals daily life and learning to think in the foreign language because there isn’t anyone to help you translate everything. Furthermore, understanding the subtleties of a language demands that you have some knowledge and experience of its usage, all that you can get by living in total immersion in a foreign country.

Check some stories of those who have been doing this and start choosing which country you will live in next!

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Author: letswhiteboard

I've grown up with a passion for writing that has matured through my life. Everyday is a learning curve; I'm open-minded and willing to try new techniques & styles. Nowadays I enjoy blogging and helping others learn more- there's nothing more rewarding than passing on knowledge.

One thought on “Living Abroad to Learn a Language

  1. Hello. Actually, living and studying Indonesian (from the very basic) in Indonesia makes me think that the idea of immersing in the language is its country is seriously overestimated. There are a lot of drawbacks to this way of learning – the inability to comprehend things or the problem with learning PROPER langauge. And… if the natives see you’re a foreigner (like a white-skinned person in Asia) they won’t speak their language to you. After all, you’re a foreigner, come on, it’s certain you don’t know the language, they don’t even have to talk to you to know that. Well, these are my quick thoughts. I’ll need to organise my chaotic thoughts on this topic before I’ll say more.

    Have a nice day.

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