Hi all, Susan here from www.BraveWomenTravel.com. If you’ve been with us from the beginning, you’ll know that we’re taking you on a month long journey through Thailand, walking you through the do’s and don’ts; what to see; transportation, everything that you need to know to travel through Thailand, especially for the female traveller, as you are who I’m writing to and for.
It is the dream of many a traveler to learn the languages of the places they’ll visit. And for those who can, please do go ahead. If you already know a part of a language and simply need to practice, you go right ahead. For those who are planning, say, a two-week trip to somewhere new, however, learning an entire language can seem a bit much…
As much as we all might enjoy complaining about the absurdities of the modern phone (why does it need to be that big? What if I knock myself out when I answer a call?) they can be a very useful tool. Several useful tools, in fact. While I would never recommend that anyone rely solely on their phone for traveling, there are a number of ways in which they can make your journey easier.
As native English speakers, we are fairly lucky when we travel due to the fact that our mother tongue is widely spoken across the globe, and is often considered as the international language. However, learning a new language is not only interesting, it’s a valuable skill to have. Languages open up countless windows of opportunity both in terms of travel, and more generally in our daily lives. Languages can help us form deeper connections and have conversations of greater substance with the locals that we interact with overseas, and they can help us to further understand the other cultures that coexist within our own country.
If you’ve established that you’d like to take the time to learn a language, but you’re unsure which would come in the most useful for future adventures then fear not, brave women. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most useful and widely-spoken languages to help provide you with some guidance.
It’s not easy to learn a new language, especially if you are trying to study one that is completely different to your native tongue. Sure, it may not be difficult to pick up the basics (hello, goodbye, thank you, etc) in the places that we visit, but progressing to any level of fluency can feel like an impossibility. Learning a language requires persistence and daily practice, but there are some things that you can do that can make the process easier for you.