How to learn the local language by immersing yourself in a foreign place

There are two ways to learn a language: study it or travel to the country where it is spoken. The latter can sometimes backfire if you are not careful. There are many people out there who found themselves in a foreign country, months after arriving there for the first time, still not able to speak the local language. That’s because immersion is not an easy thing.

You need a support network

To be able to learn a language you have to be surrounded by locals. You need a support network to be able to develop your language skills. Your local friends and colleagues are going to be your teachers. The more you interact with them, the more productive you will be in learning the new language.

Apart from locals, you should be looking for expats. They understand the culture shock, they know how hard it is for you to get to know the place and they can support you. As they know your language and culture, they can help you get accustomed to the local culture.

Have patience

Patience is the key when you are trying to learn a new language. You won’t be able to talk in Spanish or Vietnamese after watching two videos and talking to a local. You need to invest time in this activity and you need to be patient. Think of yourself as a child who is learning to talk. In time, you will achieve your goal.

Talk to kids

Adults are prone to judge you, especially when you can’t speak the language. But kids won’t judge you. Moreover, they are open to new experiences and they can teach you more than you think when it comes to speaking a new language. You will be able to confuse words and have fun about it, while creating valuable moments that can help you remember new words. By playing with kids you can enjoy your learning process.

Another great thing about kids is that they always ask dozens of questions. Follow their lead and ask them questions. About everything and anything. They will reply in a few words, in simple words you can remember.

Put your new language skills to test

Learning a new language in a foreign country is an amazing experience and you will create the best memories possible. To put your new skills to test, write about your experiences, in your new language. By writing, you are solidifying your knowledge and you strengthen your memory. This means your brain will also benefit from this activity.

Even if you don’t like the events which lead to you learning new words, put them down on paper. Releasing the anger and frustration will help you boost your mood. In time, your grammar will also improve, especially if you are brave enough to show your writings to someone who can correct them.

Learning a new language is a long and hard process, but if you have enough patience and surround yourself with the right people, you will successfully master the new language.

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