Among pre-travel rituals, nothing excites me more than learning to spout out a few phrases in a foreign language. Sometimes, it’s worked out great. I’ve understood and been understood, had a few laughs, and made some new friends.
But more times than not, I’ve fallen flat. Opening my mouth to articulate in a foreign language for the first time yields incomprehensible gibberish. Dejected at a first failed attempt, I shut down, never to utter more than a few basic pleasantries for the remainder of the trip. So, what went wrong?
After more of these misguided adventures than I’d like to admit, I’ve pinpointed some of the differences between my successful and unsuccessful attempts at learning and speaking a foreign language. If you’re serious about learning a language for your travels, you can’t afford to ignore these 5 language learning secrets.