May 20

Learn The Local Language

by in Boots n All 2012 Indie Travel Challenge, Going Nomadic

How has travel changed your life?

Well, one minute I was just a girl from Maine at a family reunion.  The next minute I was getting yelled at in a language I didn’t (French) understand for ‘walking up the wrong side of the bridge’ (read with a French accent)  into Canada. 

I got scared and turned around.  Its not like I even had money for a candy bar or anything.

So, that very first ‘trip’ to a foreign country at 10 years old made me realize I should at least learn SOMETHING in the language of the country I wish to visit.


I could write so much more about how travel has changed me; but this very first ‘trip abroad’ taught me the best lesson yet..



This is part of Boots n All 2012 Indie Travel Challenge. I’m doing this in hopes of becoming a more consistent and better travel-blogger.  And maybe finally getting the hang of this Spanish thing

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3 Responses to “Learn The Local Language”

  1. From T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries:

    It’s all about respect.

    You (generalization) expect foreigners to speak your language when they are in the U.S., and you should do the same for them when in their country.

    Furthermore, you learn *so much more* by speaking the language and going the language immersion route. I’ve written about it for various publications over the years and it’s featured in all of my immersion guides (including my guide for Bogota) and The Expat Guidebook: the only way to really explore a place is to live like a local and part of that means learning to speak the language.

    Plus, the only way to really learn a culture, to understand it, is to immerse yourself in it.

    Posted on 2012/06/21 at 2:02 PM #
  2. From Micki@TheBarefootNomad:

    Such good advice. I’m always blown away when I see tourists get frustrated at locals in a foreign country, because the locals can’t understand English. Really? How would the tourists feel if that was turned around, and a visitor to their home country was angry because they didn’t speak their language? Crazy.

    Posted on 2012/06/09 at 4:28 AM #
    • From Danib:

      yea. i try to learn a little. even if its enough to ask for/understand simple directions and apologize for being stupid.

      Posted on 2012/06/09 at 6:10 PM #

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