Are you planning a vacation in the near future? Perhaps to the beautiful beaches of Thailand, into the heart of South America or on a voyage of discovery through China?
Then you may have already asked yourself whether you should learn the respective national language for your trip. After all, it leaves you with a good feeling when you can greet people in their own language. Price negotiations at the weekly market are also much easier with the "right" language.
You may also wonder whether your English will be enough wherever you go. After all, English is the universal language and most people speak it.
In this article you will learn why it is worth investing in a foreign language for a holiday. Join us on a short journey to distant holiday destinations!
Why learn a foreign language for the trip?
Most people will have experienced this situation, either alone or with others: You are on holiday in a foreign country but you've got lost in the city. You can't find your way back to the hotel. You stop a local to ask the way, but you can only communicate with gestures because you don't speak the language.
For native German speakers, there are of course some destinations in the world where German is spoken. Not only in Germany, Austria and parts of Switzerland, but also in Blumenau in Brazil, in French Alsace or even in Fredricksburg in Texas.
But if you want to look beyond the horizons of German-speaking cities and countries, you need to speak another foreign language. Then you can talk to many people in other languages around the world who have interesting stories to tell.
English - the universal language
One language you can practically get along with everywhere is English. The universal language of English is spoken all over the world. In popular tourist regions in particular you will always be able to find your way home or order meals in a restaurant.
There are also many distant destinations where English is spoken as the official language: In India and the Philippines, English is spoken alongside minority languages. In Singapore, the culturally diverse metropolis of Southeast Asia, English is also widely spoken as well as Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
For many travelers, however, it certainly also depends on where they want to go and how much time they want to spend at their vacation destination. For a one-week vacation in Thailand the effort of learning the language may not be worthwhile.
But if you are going to certain destinations for a long time - for example South America, China or Russia - then you are best advised to master the basics in the national language.
South America - a potpourri of languages
Have you always wanted to visit the city of Machu Picchu in Peru or explore the Amazon region in Brazil? It is very likely that you will not get very far with English there, because most South American countries speak either Spanish or Portuguese.
Although it is close to North America, it is usually only the people who have studied or worked in the USA who actually speak English. Not for nothing is Spanish a world language spoken in 25 countries - 21 of those countries can be found in Central and South America.
In the Andean regions, the indigenous language Quechua is a recognized language variety.
In Brazil, on the other hand, Portuguese is the dominant language. So if you want to enjoy these countries to the full, you should learn basic Spanish or Portuguese before you travel. This is possible, for example by using the Linguajet mobile app.
Russia and China with the right language on board
Imagine you're going to Russia. A trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway through the whole of Russia sounds very romantic and adventurous.
But it can become all too adventurous if you don't take some Russian language skills with you. Cyrillic characters and Russian words dominate and nobody can help you buy a ticket because they don't understand you! However, if you know a few basics in Russian, the trip will be much more relaxed. Enjoy Red Square in Moscow and Lake Baikal in eastern Russia without any communication problems!
It's also worth acquiring some basic communication skills with Linguajet for a trip through China. Chinese characters represent a lifetime of work, even for the Chinese - but with the right basic knowledge, you are guaranteed to get to where you want to go and have a little chat with the inhabitants.
Why the effort of learning a foreign language?
Now you may ask yourself why you should go to all the effort of learning a language for your trip.
The most important reason is probably that traveling is much more fun if you can speak some of the local language.
You get to see the country with completely different eyes. Road signs that previously just passed you by suddenly take on meaning - and they can lead you to wonderful places that you might have overlooked before!
A situation in which you have to communicate with gestures is usually avoided if you can master some of the language.
Show true interest
I'm sure native German speakers love it when travelers ask them in German how to get to the museum. Maybe in the end they even say thank you in German - it's always appreciated, even if their language skills aren't perfect.
You can do that on your travels too! By addressing people in their own language, you show genuine interest, not only in the foreign culture, but also in the people themselves.
A language can thus open doors, because most people will be more willing to help you. Maybe you can even make new friends along the way.
Learning the language gives you respect and tolerance among the locals. It is not important that you pronounce everything perfectly or know every word. The main thing is that you show a willingness to learn, and for most people this willingness is a great joy.
Safety and orientation
Understanding a language is often accompanied by a feeling of security. People feel less helpless in a strange place.
The scenario of being lost in a foreign city described above is less frightening with foreign language skills, because you know that you can communicate with people anytime and anywhere to find your way back.
Even when shopping in the market or at the bazaar, foreign language skills provide security and more freedom in negotiations, because those who know the language can trade respectfully with sellers.
Foreign languages - the gateway to the world
We have seen that it can be of great advantage to be able to speak the foreign language of the destination country during a trip. Although English can get you very far on your travels, it is also advisable to learn additional foreign languages.
For destinations such as Central and South America, Russia or China, it is recommended to master the basics in the local language. It can happen all too quickly that you need help and the people addressed do not understand English. And if you add a foreign character system, you are best advised to learn how to decipher it!
However, it is not only important to arrive at the right place or to get the right food in the restaurant. More importantly, this way you have even more fun traveling wherever you go.
Encounters with people and foreign cultures can be experienced more intensively. In addition, others will approach you with much more openness when they notice that you are taking a serious interest in their culture and their language.
Start today and learn with Linguajet one (or even several) of the eight languages offered, which you can use at your ideal destination!
Make your language dream come true!
Learning languages has never been easier. Start now and see for yourself.