How to Learn a New Language for Your Next Adventure

4. Hire a Private Tutor or Go to a Language School

If you don’t like the idea of studying on your own or using the Internet and mobile applications to learn a new language, maybe you should just do what people have been doing for years: pay for a language course.

Unless you’d like to learn a very obscure language, you’ll probably find many language courses available in your city. If you think you’d learn better with a more personal approach, consider hiring a private tutor and having one-on-one lessons.

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3. Write in a Journal or Find a Pen Pal

Unlike listening and reading, where you learn a language in a passive way, writing is somewhat akin to speaking as you have to actively process your thoughts before putting them on paper. You’ll slowly get more used to sentence structures and eventually win spelling competitions.

The best course of action is to start a journal and write about everything that happens with you. Once your vocabulary gets better, you can consider finding a foreign pen pal (yes, people still do that!) so you can exchange letters and learn about each other’s lives. / Shutterstock

2. Be Willing to Make Mistakes

Many people get stuck when they are learning a new language because they get embarrassed of making silly mistakes. They think people will make fun of them and it’ll shatter their confidence. But when you meet a beginner student, do you mock them? No, you help them!

People always appreciate if you’re making an effort to speak their local language. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect, you just need to be able to communicate. So, instead of being shy, speak your mind and realize it only gets easier. / Shutterstock



The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.