If you’re going to be visiting a different country that has culture, languages and history way different than your own, then you better be nice about it and at least know their language basics.
Every country is different. While some may be similar to one another, that doesn’t change the fact that they are different cultures and each of them are unique. This makes it harder to learn languages because it’s different with one another.
You don’t know their language rules and construction and you don’t know the words that translates to words you know. Some of them don’t even translate right. Are we even going to talk about the pronunciation and intonation?
Learning a language is difficult but it is VERY fun. While we can’t really cover HOW to speak ONE single language here (even if I wrote a thousand pages worth of it, you still need years and years of learning and experience to learn fully and be fluent about it), let’s start with basic studying and tips. At least for when you’re there in the country you plan to visit.
Learn the basics in that language
When we say basics, we typically mean the standard greetings of hello and goodbye. Bring the words please and thank you in there too. Don’t be afraid to learn basic questions too like “Where is the bathroom?” and more.
Use sounds and hand gestures
If words fail you, then you have your hands and your added sound effects to help. At best, when the person you are asking understands what you mean, they would provide the word of the place in their language. You could then take note of the word and use it for later.
Have important details written down
Sometimes our memories are our worst enemies in these kinds of situations. If you are the type to be forgetful (I know I am) then write down stuff. Especially the important ones.
Get google translate
It’s a horrible and inaccurate tool but it’s the best one we got for now. Google translate doesn’t really translate PROPERLY but it does its job. At most, it’ll help get the point across.
Be patient and stand back to observe
The best thing to do when starting to learn is observing and listening. When locals and your translator are talking, observe how they interact and how they talk.
Ask a young adult
Most of the young adults these days are studying English. If you want help, ask it from a young adult. They are guaranteed to at least know Basic English. After all, they frequent the internet do they not?
Learn as you go
A no-brainer, really. Don’t forget the experiences you got when you travel. The experience is the best kind of teacher when learning a language. With every experience you get, you also get one step closer to becoming confident and fluent.