5 ways that help realize the art of language learning abroad
My name is Yeven and I live and work in Estonia, though my job in the logistics industry requires a lot of English. I've finally reached a point where I feel completely comfortable conducting business and writing emails in English, but it took me a long time to get there. One thing that helped was travelling to other countries to study the language abroad, and I'd like to share a few reasons why I think studying abroad makes work and holiday a much more fulfilling experience.
You can listen to the world around you
Imagine walking down a busy street in your hometown. You pick up the sounds around you, hear pieces of conversations, and you get a feel for the place. Now imagine being able to do that in a foreign country. All you have to do is start learning the language, and the world around you will open up in ways not possible if you don't speak the language.
You can read about what is happening locally
Rather than relying on tourist guides you can check in with local newspapers and publications to have your finger on the pulse of the city or country. The more you can read the local language, the closer you'll get to comprehending the unique culture you find yourself in.
You are better equipped to understand and enjoy the culture
It's not just about understanding the words people say; it's also about delving into the cultural nuances expressed through verbal - and non-verbal - language. By learning to speak the language, you won't feel like such an outsider and will have a better, more intuitive understanding of why things are how they are in the culture.
You see things you would have otherwise missed
Spending time learning a language focuses you on both the language and the related culture. Aspects of the new culture that would have passed by unnoticed had you not spoken even the basics of the language will stand out. This enriches more than just your holiday or work trip; it also expands your perspectives in general.
You can meet the locals
If you really want to get to know a place, then speaking the local language makes it possible to really talk to the locals and get an up-close-and-personal glimpse into their customs.