Learn the local language

Why should you?

Learning the language of your host country helps you to make the most of your time abroad. It will help you in the following areas

  • Better understanding of the culture
  • Improve communication
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased confidence
  • Meet more people
  • Reduce culture shock
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce isolation
  • Work more effectively

If you are going to live and work abroad with your family, then it is important for everyone to learn the language.

It is a good idea to at least start learning some basic phrases and useful words before you arrive, if you do not have time to start with a tutor or language class. Be aware of your preferred learning style so as to choose the best learning method for you?

  • Visual (seeing words or pictures)
  • Auditory (spoken word from a tutor, teacher or cd)
  • Kinaesthetic (hands on approach)

In addition to these learning styles do you prefer to study alone or in a group?

If you arrive without language skills, or you are going to an English speaking host country, ensure that you are aware of the following skills that will help to overcome language barriers.

  • Avoid using idioms or jargon
  • Be specific
  • Be patient
  • Check for understanding
  • Speak slowly

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