Learning About Language and Culture through Travel


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Learning about language, culture, and people has always fascinated me. I can’t remember how many times I’ve gone on and on about travelling to experience these 3. If I had the funds and opportunity to pursue it, then I’d probably drop off everything and fly to my dream destinations. I would simply love to immerse myself in their cultures and learn their languages. Then maybe I could fulfill my other fancy which is to be a good interpreter or translator. I’d probably pass for a German-English and Spanish-English translator but it’ll also be lovely to add Russian and French translation to my language abilities.

Those who are still young and single have opportunities like scholarship grants to international school. They can also apply for language learning experiences offered by governments of some countries. I suggest grab this chance to have an educational holiday experience and gain a new language.

 

Yes, one can learn from language schools.  It is also easy to learn online for free through websites like Duolingo and Coursera. But, if you want to get your own instructor, try a reputable online language service website like Language Trainers.  For some, it is best to practice by visiting the country where the language is spoken. But, we have different ways and capabilities to learn, thus, staying abroad can or can’t make you fluent.

Here are, in my opinion, some of the best places that offer great cultural experiences. These places also offer interesting languages that one would want learn.

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(Try a Kimono, too)

Hajimemashite!

Tokyo, Japan is one of the places that I’d like to settle into. I’m simply fascinated with Nihongo -the language. I love Japanese food and I’m a matcha addict! Yes, I just love about anything that is Japanese. Those who would like to study Japanese in Tokyo can look into the various holiday packages that include dormitory or apartment accommodations. There are also home stay arrangements where one can live with foster parents or families. During your stay, try to explore as much of the city and don’t go home without seeing their key attractions.

This includes Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo Tower, Hachiko Monument, Shibuya shopping district, and their various shrines and park. You may also like to visit Mt. Fuji, Kyoto and other interesting spots in Japan. Tourists can also make the most out of their cultural experience by watching sumo tournaments. One can also go dining at Ebisu district, indulging in fresh and authentic Sushi dishes, and of course – Unagi! It’s like learning about language and culture through food! Also, when in Japan, do as the Japanese do: Karaoke! Sing your heart out in a traditional Yukata for a unique mix of old and modern Japanese culture. Spring is one of the loveliest seasons to visit Japan when one can enjoy the beauty of fully bloomed cherry blossoms.

Barcelona, learning about language and culture
Pic: hubby (he went without me)

Hola! Como Estas?

The Spanish language is the third dialect I learned while growing up. If there is one place that I’d love to visit to enhance this skill, it’s Barcelona, Spain. Experiencing the sights and sound of this historic city is a great way to get more attuned to the Spanish language. There are also student holiday packages that you can choose from if you want to study here. One can choose from accommodations ranging from budget hotels, room for rent, or dormitories. Get your fill of their tapas during your stay because Barcelona offers some of the best ones in the world. Wash them down with the local cerveza, granizado, or orxata for a perfect meal.

Don’t forget to see their famous sights/sites, too. My personal picks are the Montserrat and Pyrenees mountains, Tibidabo, and the Basilica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia – a UNESCO world heritage site in the country.

eyrignac manor gardens
Eyrignac manor gardens, Dordogne

Bonjour, Comment allez-vous?

Just beside the borders of Barcelona is the French region of Dordogne. Although Paris is the more popular tourist destination in France, Dordogne is something to consider as well. It offers another side of the French culture that one can also fall in love with. Visitors of this region can look forward to plenty of wine and gustatory experiences. There is glorious foie gras or fattened duck liver, salmon terrine or pate, Pot-au-feu or beef stew, and a variety of French cheese.

One can top off their meal with some of the best pattiserie that only the French can offer. Accommodation options here include villas, apartments or pension houses. One can enroll in immersion classes that are available in this region. On certain days, just enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking and canoeing in Dordogne Rivers. Doing some side trips to parks, chateaus and popular manors will also keep boredom at bay.

Buckingham Palace Gates
On our way to the Buckingham palace…

Hello there!

English is known as a universal language. For those who use it only as a second language there is no better place to master it than in London, England. This popular tourist destination is a great choice for polishing up on one’s English proficiency. It’s also a great city for studying to further one’s career. One day in London is a delight, but what about half a year?  😍 London is known for their museums, architecture, arts and literature. Tourists and student visitors can also enjoy a visit to the Buckingham and Westminster Palaces. A stroll in their scenic parks and gardens, or a ride in the red double-decker buses are good ways to kill time. Don’t forget to cross the bridge that has been immortalized in the children’s nursery rhyme, the London Bridge!

Vienna night
And yes, Vienna is a great city to learn German too! 😉

Learning About Language and Culture as a Traveller

Experiencing the way of life in different areas of the globe is a gift to be cherished. Those who have the opportunity to do so should treasure every visit. Try to learn as much as they can about the language, culture and people in the country. Many people go around the world just for the photos. But, those who truly want to understand life also learn and immerse themselves in the culture of the cities they encounter.

Those who are still young and single are lucky to have opportunities like scholarship grants and language learning experiences offered by governments of some countries. I suggest that they grab this chance to have an educational holiday experience and gain a new language. Here are, in my opinion, some of the best places that offer great cultural experiences and interesting language that one would want learn.
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6 Replies to “Learning About Language and Culture through Travel”

  1. Wonderful photos. Showed this post to my husband and he once again said he wanted to go to the United Kingdom. I laughed and asked, “what about Japan?” and he said “well that too, but the UK first, or maybe second.” I don’t think he can make up his mind.

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