The transnational culture promotes consumerism—consumption of products, experiences, and knowledge. Who would resist traveling around the globe when mobility is facilitated?
While traveling from country to country, a lot of people face the challenge of easily communicating with the natives. Thus, it acts as a barrier to having a fulfilling experience at a personal level.
Is language only important for interaction? Do you have to learn each and every rule of the grammar of the new language? Such questions may sprout in your mind.
Well, it depends on, how long you stay at a particular place. However, learning a new language has a lot of benefits for travelers:
1. Move Around Much Easily:
When you are familiar with the basics of a language, you can read the signs, understand the directions, and can easily get back to your hotel much easily (in case you get lost). Without having to wait for a translator, you can easily ask for help. You can easily order your favorite food without having to worry about the illegible words on the menu card.
Instead, you can take help from locals to find you an affordable restaurant to get your meals. So, you would be saving money too.
2. First Language is improved:
We are often unaware of what mistakes we make while talking in our mother tongue. By learning new languages in depth, you can compare them and become conscious of your silly mistakes. I would suggest you to learn Japanese because these people are very particular about their language and culture. So, it would be a double-edged sword.
Not only would you be able to easily communicate to Japanese people during your business trip but also you would be able to improve your mother tongue. Here are the best ways to learn Japanese.
3. Know the Culture:
The language barrier may keep you from understanding the different cultural practices of the country, you are visiting. Documentaries are one thing, personal experiences are another. You would be making the best memories ever only, if you know the language too. You can easily interact, connect, and be a part of their social and cultural events. So, why not learn little bits of their language.
4. Explore Public Places:
Even Paulo Coelho, the best-selling travel author, suggests exploring the public places to make the most out of your trip. However, knowing the basics of language at such public places can prevent you from being cheated on easily. You would definitely have the best holiday ever!
5. Attract More Career Opportunities:
Multilingual are preferred as they are perfect for foreign visits, business deals, and communicating the needs or services of the company. As a traveler with knowledge of the language, you may hit upon your luck. Who knows you meet your next boss during your next trip to Spain, Germany, or France. To impress them, learn the language. It depicts your sharp-mindedness too.
About the Author:
Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.