How to Learn a New Language for Your Next Adventure

It’s true that nowadays you can get by with English pretty much everywhere. But as soon as you venture into the countryside of a developing country, you might struggle to have interesting conversations. Learning a new language can help you explore a country in a more meaningful way as you can truly get to know people and understand the nuances of the culture.

The good thing is that it’s never been so easy to study on your own and start speaking a foreign language. As the world becomes more globalized and technologically advanced, you have access to nearly unlimited sources of information and can possibly meet foreigners face-to-face to practice with them.

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    13. Watch Foreign Movies with Subtitles

    One of the easiest ways to start having contact with a different language is by watching foreign movies. But don’t make the mistake of watching them dubbed into your own language otherwise it’s going to be hard to learn anything. Plus, if you’re only used to Hollywood movies, it’s also an opportunity to watch different film-making styles.

    When you watch a French movie, for instance, with English subtitles, you’ll have the chance to practice your listening and in case you miss something, you can immediately check the subtitles. Most DVDs have subtitles in popular languages, but it’s also possible to find them online.

    12. Download Language Learning Applications

    It seems like everyone and their mother has a smartphone these days. While the majority of people mindlessly flick through Facebook and Instagram feeds on their devices, you could be spending your time learning a new language.


    There are countless language learning applications out there and each teaches you in a different way. The big names are Duolingo, Busuu, and Babbel, but if you dig deeper you’ll find dozens more. You just need to download the app and practice whenever you have some free time –  like when you’re commuting to work or school, or just before you go to sleep.

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    11. Meet Up with Other Students

    Did you know it’s super easy to find a language club in your city, especially if you live in a capital? If you check the Meetup website or even go to the Duolingo forum, you’ll see that students tend to meet at cafes or bars and only speak the foreign language of choice for the entire night.

    Most of the time these gatherings are free, but every now and then you might need to pitch in for the room rental. You’ll meet beginner and advanced students, which will give you the chance to share a bit of your knowledge and learn from others. / Shutterstock

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