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Learning a language on your trip
Name: Sally
Languages spoken: French, Spanish (some)
Favourite city: Paris

YES! It’s super easy to learn a new language whilst you’re abroad. Travelling to a new country to learn a language is actually one of the best and easiest ways to do it. When you’re constantly surrounded by the language, it makes it 100 times easier to get to grips with what everything means. It basically forces you to learn. If you’re a beginner, I would suggest heading to Paris. It’s a great city to learn French because you’re more than likely to find someone that speaks English that can help you. You can tell that they appreciate those that try, rather than those who don’t bother. 

Like most other people, I dabbled in a few languages during my high school days, but I always seemed to gravitate towards French. Granted, I learned a lot of French during my time in the classroom but I’ll be the first to admit that barely any of it seemed to stick. It’s true what they say that if you don’t use it you lose it.

A few years ago I went to France on a two week holiday. I was of course apprehensive as I hadn’t spoken a word of French in the past 10 years but I was sure that I would be okay: spoiler alert, I was wrong. It seemed I had forgotten pretty much everything apart from ‘Bonjour’! Fast forward to the end of my holiday and I kid you not I was speaking almost fluent French. 

Top tips for learning the lingo

I took a small phrasebook with me which helped a lot! I think it’s a good idea to take notice of little things such as road signs or billboards, you should also try going into the local shops to look at the names of things.

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